Aaron McPeck is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology. His interests include popular music and its intersections with race, class, and gender. His subspecialty is modern metal.
Highlights of his academic/professional career include an invitation to present his paper “American Folk Metal: Homegrown Sounds in Panopticon’s ‘Kentucky'” at the 2016 Metal in Strange Places Conference at the University of Dayton. He also teaches one class session per semester in grant writing for Music History 401, and is a research assistant at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A double bassist by training, Aaron, 29, spent six years developing a professional career in Missoula, Mont., where he performed with Missoula Children’s Theatre, appeared with the Missoula Symphony, and sat principal for Montana Lyric Opera. Outside the classical scene he independently taught double bass and recorded and performed with Jacob Robert Stephens on the Bull River Records label.
In 2009, Aaron graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, in New York. He merited a certificate in Arts Leadership from the Institute for Music Leadership, with concentrations in Leadership & Administration and Entrepreneurship & Careers. He honed grant-writing and development skills as an intern with the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.
While at Eastman he won the Eli & Mildred Sokol University Leadership Award and the Linda Muise Student Life Award , and was inducted into the Keidaean Honor Society. His work as student body president led school administration to provide more institutional support for students’ extracurricular activities, and earned Aaron a seat on the Eastman Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
Beyond music, Aaron served with AmeriCorps*VISTA and worked for the National Coalition Building Institute chapter in Missoula, Mont. Both experiences attest to his strong belief in community service and social justice.
Research Areas: Musicology