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MA/PhD in Theory


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Benjamin Baker is a third-year Ph.D. student and Sproull Fellow in music theory. He holds a B.A. in music and mathematics from St. Olaf College (2009) and a M.M. in jazz piano performance from NYU (2011). His research interests dwell at the intersection of musical improvisation, cognition, and pedagogy—specifically the acquisition of musical language for use in improvisation, theoretical modeling of improvised performance, and related issues of embodiment.

Prior to coming to Eastman, Ben worked for six years as a versatile freelance pianist in New York City, where he served as an adjunct music director and vocal coach at NYU, accompanied festival choruses at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, performed in numerous professional jazz and pop groups, and maintained a private piano studio. He remains active as a pianist, both in NYC and in Rochester. Outside of music, he enjoys running, following politics, and helping to coordinate alumni engagement for his undergrad alma mater.


Alyssa Barna is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in music theory. She completed a MM in music theory at Indiana University (2014) and a BM in music theory and a BM in music education and clarinet performance from Ithaca College (2012), where she was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Her current research interests include the study of American popular music, specifically examining how contrast is defined and categorized in the analysis of form. Additionally, she is interested in the music of 20th and 21st century composers, and post-tonal analytical techniques. She has presented her research at the Music Theory Society of New York State, and the European Music Analysis Conference 9 (EuroMAC) in Strasbourg, France, as well as a variety of conferences in the Midwest. At Eastman, Alyssa serves on the editorial staff of Intégral. Committed to pedagogy, she has enjoyed teaching a variety of written and aural skills courses covering fundamentals through post-tonal analysis.


WIN_20141112_151033-258x147-customOwen Belcher is a fourth-year PhD student in music theory. He received his BM from Furman University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Lambda) in 2011, and his MM from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in 2013. His research interests include analytical approaches to the music of J.S. Bach, 19th century German harmonic theories, and transformational theory. He has presented his research at conferences including the Music Theory Society of New York State, Music Theory Southeast, and the Rocky Mountain Society of Music Theory. His dissertation develops a framework for the interpretation of J.S. Bach’s cantatas. Outside of music, he enjoys playing chess, Ping-Pong, and rabidly supporting the Duke Blue Devils.


Sam Bivens is a final-year Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory currently on the music theory faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Alongside his dissertation on form in Wagner’s Die Walküre, research interests include the music of the late-nineteenth century more generally, music theory pedagogy, and a nascent pet project addressing issues of data visualization in music theory.

During his time at Eastman, Sam received the Eastman-specific Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching; the University-of-Rochester–wide Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student; and the prestigious Presser Graduate Music Award, which provided the means for a three-month trip to Bayreuth, Germany to perform archival dissertation research during the summer of 2016.

Outside of music theory, Sam is a private pilot and an avid reader currently stumbling his way through beginner’s Spanish.


M Blankenship photoMichael Blankenship is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in Music Theory and a Sproull Fellow. Before coming to Rochester, he received his B.A. in music from Grinnell College (2010), in beautiful Grinnell, Iowa, and spent the remainder of the year studying the early music of Penderecki as Grinnell’s Ninth Semester Music Fellow. His dissertation attempts to unravel the various structural relationships, common practices, and intersections of music and meaning in American rap music. Other research interests center on the grain of the voice, especially by examining form, song writing, and harmony in the magnificent diversity of American pop/rock music since 1950, as well as in art song since Beethoven. Beyond his academic interests, Michael is an avid culinarian, karaoke singer/rapper, and film watcher, as well as being an increasingly rabid supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.


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Amy Fleming is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in music theory and a Sproull Fellow. Her primary research interests lie in the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, especially the music of George Crumb and post-tonal pedagogy. Amy holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Theory and History from The Pennsylvania State University, where she received the Creative Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Architecture and was elected to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College (IL), where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Music Composition and Music History. While at Wheaton, Amy was commissioned to write a composition for the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale, and the resulting piece, “Plegaria a Dios,” was included on the Chorale’s most recent CD, “View Me Lord, A Work of Thine” (2009). This piece also won the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music in 2010. Amy’s non-musical interests include Philadelphia Flyers hockey, canoeing, tennis, and deep dish pizza.


Anna Fulton is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in music theory at Eastman and a Sproull Fellow.  Her current research interests include 20th-century vocal music, embodiment, popular music studies, and the intersection between music theory and feminism/gender studies.  She holds a B.A. in Music Theory/Composition and Russian Studies from St. Olaf College (2012, summa cum laude) and an M.A. in Music Theory from Eastman (2015). Anna enjoys teaching, singing in her church’s choir, reading science–fiction novels, and exploring national parks.


Aaron Grant

Aaron Grant is a Ph.D. student in Music Theory and a Sproull Fellow. His dissertation engages issues of formal function, narrative, and style in Schubert’s sonata form. In it, Aaron explores Schubert’s treatment of secondary thematic areas and idiosyncratic formal practices used therein—focusing, in particular on his inclusion of three or more tonal areas within an exposition.

Aaron’s work has been presented at multiple regional, national, and international conferences including the Allegheny Chapter of the American Musicological Society (2010), the Music Theory Society of New York State (2013), the New England Conference of Music Theorists (2014), the 18th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (2014), the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic (2014), the Society for Music Theory’s National Meeting (2015), and the inaugural music theory pedagogy conference, Pedagogy into Practice (2017). Aaron’s work on Schubert and Stravinsky have earned him multiple graduate student paper awards, most recently winning the 2015 Dorothy Payne Best Student Paper Award. 

Prior to his studies at Eastman, Aaron graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.M. in flute performance and an M.A. in music theory. His Master’s thesis examined Igor Stravinsky’s compositional process in his opera The Nightingale, which allowed him to travel to the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland to examine the composer’s sketch materials for the work. Aaron has continued to incorporate sketch studies into his work, recently traveling to Europe to examine manuscripts for Schubert’s instrumental works through a grant awarded by the Presser Foundation. 

In addition to his work on Stravinsky and Schubert, his current research interests include Schenkerian analysis, popular music, opera analysis, and scale theories. In addition, his commitment to pedagogy earned him the Eastman School of Music Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.

Outside of music theory, Aaron enjoys rock climbing, running, playing chess, cooking, candy making, and attempting to perfect the chocolate-chip cookie. For more information, please visit: www.aaronbgrant.com.


Trevor Haughton is a Ph.D. student in music theory at Eastman. Originally from New Jersey, Trevor graduated summa cum laude with high honors in both Music and History from Colgate University in 2007, and was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.M. from the Boston University School of Music in 2010, where he was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, before coming to Rochester. His diverse research interests include tonal theory, thoroughbass/improvisation, and mathematical modeling.


IMG_0758David Hier is a third-year PhD student in Music Theory.  He holds a B.Mus in Composition and Theory and an M.Mus in Composition from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  His research interests include harmony and form in late romantic and early 20th century music, particularly in the work of Max Reger and Arnold Schoenberg.  David is also an active composer whose music has been played throughout North America.  He came second in the 2012 Sejong Composition Competition and has been commissioned by McGill University and the Transmission Ensemble.  In addition to music, David is a film buff, board game fiend and avid cook.


KeepDavid Keep is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in music theory at the Eastman School of Music. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Lawrence University and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. His research interests include Brahms, music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, musical meaning, and the connections between analysis and performance. In addition to music, David’s interests include theology, hiking, and the artwork of J.M.W. Turner.


Purchase Knob headshotDaniel Ketter is working on a PhD in music theory and a DMA in cello performance. Since 2013 at Eastman he has been a classroom instructor for aural skills and music theory, as well as a teaching assistant in Alan Harris’s cello studio. His current research interests include analytical approaches to solo melodic instrumental music and techniques of single-voice polyphony. Recent performance projects have included a lecture recital, titled “Heinrich Schenker, Author of J. S. Bach’s Solo Cello Suites,” Sunset Concerts of Rochester, NY, and a summer tour of newly commissioned music celebrating the National Park Service centennial with Music in the American Wild, supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has a MM in cello performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory and graduated with high distinction from both the Eastman School of Music (BM ’10, cello performance) and from the University of Rochester (BA ’10, mathematics).


HeadshotCatrina Kim is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in music theory and a Sproull Fellow. She holds the B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Houston (2013, summa cum laude), and the M.A. in Music Theory from Eastman (2016). She has presented papers on formal and aesthetic issues raised by works of Beethoven and Mendelssohn at the annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory (2015 & 2016), the Music Theory Society of New York State (2016), the New England Conference of Music Theorists (2016), and the Texas Society for Music Theory (2013). 


Ethan Lustig: Is there a science behind musical taste? Is there a model that can predict what songs a person will like or dislike? Is this possible using the tools of music theory and evidence from experiments in human perception and cognition?
 
I am doing my Ph.D. dissertation with David Temperley.
 
I have presented at:
-the Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM) and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) joint meeting (2014)
-the International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) (2016)
-the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) (2017)
 
I hold:
-a Doctoral Fellowship from the SSHRC of Canada
-a Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester
 
I have taught: 
-freshman written theory (TH101/102)
-sophomore written theory (TH201/202)
-freshman aural skills (TH161/162)
-sophomore aural skills (TH261/262)
 
Outside Eastman, I can be found DJing (Sole Rehab) and producing dance music, especially underground house music.
 

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Braden Maxwell  is a second-year Ph.D. student in music theory. He holds a B.M. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music (Pi Kappa Lambda) and a B.A. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rochester (Phi Beta Kappa). Braden studied piano at Eastman with Tony Caramia, and previously with Lisa Simon. 

Braden’s current research aims to depict contrapuntal and timbral variety in the music of Maurice Ravel. On the contrapuntal side, he is interested in understanding how individual contrapuntal elaborations in Ravel’s music gain meaning by contrasting with other elaborations that might have occurred instead. On the timbral side, he is interested in investigating whether computational models of neural responses in the auditory nerve and inferior colliculus can be used to depict the diversity of timbres and sonorities that are perceived in Ravel’s music. In both cases, the notion of variety is based on a semiotic understanding of meaning in music. Braden is also interested in understanding more broadly how sound is processed in the auditory midbrain and modeling the impact of this processing on the perception of music. 


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mollyMolly Murdock is a first-year Ph.D. student in music theory.  She holds degrees from Michigan State University, The University of Virginia, The University of Central Florida cum laude and a conducting diploma from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Hungary.  Molly is the Founding Music Director of Riverbend Opera previously served as interim Director of Education for The Orlando Opera. She spent many years in the Washington, D.C. area as a choral director in Fairfax County Public Schools and music associate at Temple Rodef Shalom and historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  She taught theory to children and adults with the Fairfax Choral Society and was the choral director for the Virginia Ambassadors of Music.

Molly’s primary research is in Béla Bartók’s choral works.  In 2015, she was invited to present her research at the Anniversary Conference of the International Kodály Society in Kecskemét, Hungary.  She is currently preparing an English edition of Bartók’s Twenty-Seven Choruses for Women and ChildrenMolly created the Women in Music Lecture Series at Michigan State University, an ongoing project which showcases extraordinary musical women.

Aside from music, Molly is an active member of Anon: the J.M. Barrie Society and serves on the Grave Restoration Committee.


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Sam Reenan is a third-year Ph.D. student in music theory. He grew up in Avon, CT, and completed Bachelor’s degrees in music theory and biological sciences at the University of Connecticut (2014). His current research interests include harmony and form in the modernist music of Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Alexander von Zemlinsky; pitch organization in French post-tonal music, especially that of Henri Dutilleux; transformational analysis; musical memory; and the perception of tension, resolution, and musical organization. Sam is co-author of a 2016 article exploring seventh-chord voice-leading transformations, published in Music Theory Online. He has presented spoken papers at regional and international conferences including the Music Theory Society of New York State and the Ninth European Music Analysis Conference. Sam is an editorial assistant with Music Theory Online as well as a staff member with Intégral, and he is experienced in French translation, having assisted Dean Marie Rolf in the forthcoming translation of François Lesure’s Claude Debussy: Biographie Critique. Outside of music, Sam enjoys sampling local coffee roasters, hiking in the Adirondacks, and attending operas at the Met.


20160819_194606Alan Reese is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in music theory. He holds an M.M. from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2013) and a B.M. in piano performance and music theory from the University of Georgia (2011). Research interests include transformational theory, the study of 19th and early-20th century music, and the middle period compositions of Karol Szymanowski (the focus of his dissertation). Alan has presented work on Szymanowski and impressionist harmony at the Music Theory Society of New York State (April 2016, 2014) and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Music Theory (April 2013). He currently serves as Reviews Editor for Intégral.


SONY DSCJoseph Siu is in his sixth year of the MA/PhD program in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music, and his study is supported by the Doctoral Fellowship Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Prior to  his studies at Eastman, Joseph earned his BMus in Piano Performance with distinction  from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where he was awarded the UWO  Gold Medal upon graduation. Joseph then taught at the International Christian  Quality Music Secondary and Primary School in Hong Kong as a music and science  teacher from 2009-2011.

Joseph’s research interests include absolute pitch, music cognition and perception, phrase rhythm and musical form in 18th– and early 19th– century music, and music theory pedagogy. Joseph has presented his research at the meetings of the International Conference on Mobile Brain-Body Imaging and the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation, and Creativity (2016), the International Exploring the Mind through Music Conference (2016), the Music Theory Society of New York State (2016), Music Theory Midwest (2016), the Canadian University Music Society (2016, 2014), the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2015, 2013), the Eighth European Music Analysis Conference (2014), the South Central Society for Music Theory (2014), the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory (2014), the New England Conference of Music Theorists (2013), the Center for Research on Brain, Language and Music (2013), and the Northeast Music Cognition Group (2012). Joseph was the recipient of the Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 conference meeting of the South Central Society for Music Theory.

As an interdisciplinary researcher, Joseph has collaborated with faculty and students from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester on projects funded by the UR Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award (2012-2013) and other projects. In summer 2016, Joseph was awarded an all-inclusive travel award sponsored by the National Science Foundation to participate in the Doctoral/Postdoctoral Consortium at the International Conference on Mobile Brain-Body Imaging and the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation, and Creativity in Cancun, Mexico. In the same summer, Joseph was also selected as a Music Fellow by the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University to participate and to give a public TED-style talk at the 3rd International “Exploring the Mind through Music” Conference. Joseph served as the manager of the Eastman Music Cognition Lab from 2012-2014.

A dedicated pedagogue, Joseph taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music theory at Eastman as a Teaching Assistant (2011-2016) and as a Summer Session Instructor (2016). To recognize Joseph’s effective teaching, the Eastman School of Music awarded him the Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2015.


Eron Smith (IPA [iɹən]) is a second-year Ph.D. student and a Sproull Fellow in music theory. Originally from Decatur, Georgia, she graduated in 2016 from Pomona College (B.A. in music, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). 

In music theory, Eron is primarily interested in interdisciplinary studies of temporality (including time travel and space-time) as they relate to theories and representations of music. She is also interested in early-to-mid Romantic solo concertos and chamber music, popular music, and pedagogy, with particular interests in the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Electric Light Orchestra, among others. In music at large, she is also a pianist, and has been known on occasion to enjoy playing the oboe, singing, and songwriting. 
 
Her other academic passions lie in languages, philosophy, and intersectional feminism. Outside the classroom, Eron enjoys road trips, DIY projects from sewing to cheesemaking, board games, systematizing everyday life, Becoming Someone Who Runs, and reading dystopian novels. Her favorite color is red, and her favorite shark is the common smooth hound (Mustelus mustelus).

JamesJames Sullivan is currently ABD and working on a dissertation on meter perception in post-tonal music. He lives in Evansville, IN, where he is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Double Bass at the University of Evansville. He holds a D.M.A. and M.M. in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a B.M. in double bass performance and a B.S. in mathematics from Indiana University.

James is especially passionate about teaching. He has received the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching and Eastman’s Teaching Assistant Prize. He has presented at numerous conferences, including those of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the International Society of Bassists. James’s performance interests center around new music. He is currently revising his Post-Tonal Method Book for the Double Bass, which won Eastman’s Lecture Recital Prize. 


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Joseph_LetchworthJoseph VanderStel received a B.A. in Music with high honor from Michigan State University. His primary interest is jazz improvisation, particularly questions related to harmony, cognition, style, counterpoint, and tonality. Since coming to Eastman, Joseph has developed an interest in computer science, and often takes a computational approach to music-theoretical problems. Joseph began his musical life as a jazz guitarist, and he regularly performs in a gypsy jazz group composed of Eastman students and alumni. Beyond music and computer science, Joseph enjoys powerlifting and hiking.

 


A dedicated researcher, performer, and pedagogue, Stephanie Venturino is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in music theory at the Eastman School of Music. She recently graduated from Eastman with a B.M. degree—awarded with highest honors—in saxophone performance and music theory and a minor in German language studies; she is also a recipient of Eastman’s coveted Performer’s Certificate, an award given for outstanding jury and recital performance. Other honors include grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the Mildred R. Burton Fund (University of Rochester), as well as election to Pi Kappa Lambda. Her research interests include contemporary French composition, German harmonic theory, computational analysis, and music theory pedagogy. She teaches theory and aural skills at the Eastman Community Music School and for Summer@Eastman’s Music Horizons program.

As a saxophonist, Stephanie is an active ensemble musician, chamber musician, and soloist. She is a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project and has frequently played with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Wind Orchestra, and Musica Nova. Stephanie has garnered prizes in numerous competitions, including the national WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition (with Farrago 4 Saxophone Quartet), the MTNA New York State Chamber Music Competition (with Highland Saxophone Quartet), the Rochester Philharmonic League’s Young Artists Auditions, the David Hochstein Recital Competition, the Virtuosi Woodwind Competition, the MTNA Eastern Division Senior Woodwind Competition, the Jo Amish Young Artists Competition, and the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Competition (with Volo Saxophone Quartet). She made her solo debut at the age of 16 with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and has played at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C) and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing, China). Her primary teachers include Douglas O’Connor and Chien-Kwan Lin.


Lauren Wilson is beginning her first year as a Ph.D. student in music theory at Eastman after completing an M.M. degree in music theory at Indiana University and a B.M. in guitar performance at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She focuses much of her research on 20th and 21st century music, and has presented work on instrumentation and musical structure in the music of Milton Babbitt at Music Theory Midwest. Recently, her research has centered on questions of timbre, texture, philosophy, and phenomenology, particularly in the context of electroacoustic music. Lauren finds it particularly exciting to study music that she can also play, and has enjoyed remaining an active guitarist in the process.

As a teacher, she strives to equip her students to engage critically with music, and she jumps at the chance to learn from them, as well. In addition to music, Lauren loves outdoor activities including running, hiking, and traveling. She also enjoys reading poetry, listening to heavy metal, and petting her cat, Florence.


 

MA in Theory Pedagogy


Myles Boothroyd_1209 4x5 colorMyles Boothroyd is a performing artist dedicated to promoting the versatility of the saxophone and its relevance to music both new and old. He is the alto saxophonist for East End Quartet, an award-winning ensemble founded at the Eastman School of Music. Most recently, the ensemble took first price in the 30th Annual Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2015). Boothroyd’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has garnered him numerous accolades and awards across the United States. He won the 2014-15 Music Teachers National Association (MNTA) Young Artist and chamber Competitions, earned first prize in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, and took second place in the 2014 Vandoren Emerging Artist Classical Saxophone Competition. 

Along with maintaining an active performing career, Boothroyd distinguishes himself as both an artist and a scholar.  He is a Presser Scholar and National Merit Finalist who has shared original research at conferences in Cincinnati, Lansing, Honolulu, Chicago, and Montreal. He has published original research on Miles Davis and the inception of modal jazz, exploring the influence of composer George Russell on Davis’s Kind of Blue album.  Today, Boothroyd works as assistant editor for The Saxophone Symposium, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of saxophone literature, performance, and pedagogy.

Boothroyd currently teaches as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College. He is also a graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Saxophone Performance and Literature) and a Master of Arts degree (Music Theory Pedagogy). He holds a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School. Boothroyd is a recipient of the Eastman Arts Leadership Certificate and Eastman Performer’s Certificate.


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Ryan McKenna is a second year MA Theory Pedagogy student. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College. His major instruments of study were piano and trumpet. After graduating from Ithaca he taught for three years in Clewiston, Florida. He taught K-5 general music for one year and Middle School Band for two years.  He looks forward to combining his passions for music theory and education in an effort to help young musicians develop a more meaningful relationship with music.

 

 

 


BM in Theory


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Born in Singapore, Jon Lin has been named the Presser Scholar (a prestigious honor bestowed by the Presser Foundation) for the year 2016-17 of the Eastman School of Music, where she is a double major in composition and music theory. She is also a recipient of the Louis Lane Award (2016) and the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize (2015), in recognition of her excellence in composition.  Her teachers in composition include composers Oliver Schneller, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Robert Morris, David Liptak, and Robert Casteels, and she has also participated in a composition masterclass with Moritz Eggert. Jon Lin is also a recipient of the National Arts Council of Singapore Arts Scholarship (Undergraduate).

As a composer, she has worked with groups such as the MusicaNova Orchestra based in Phoenix, Arizona, as the orchestra’s composition fellow for the 2015-2016 season. Other groups she has worked with include the Southeastern Ensemble for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Sounds (SETTS), the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Guitar Ensemble of the National University of Singapore, the Zen Ensemble, and has premiered works in festivals such as the National University of Singapore Arts Festival (2012), and the Women in Music Festival (2014).  Jon Lin was also invited to presented her paper A Collapse of Musical Categories?: A Closer Look at Ethnic Chinese Music within the Chinese Conservatory Tradition Today at the Composition in Asia International Symposium and Festival held in the University of Florida (2015).  Prior to pursuing her degree in music, Jon Lin obtained a B.A. (Hons) in philosophy from the National University of Singapore.