Research Areas: Musicology
Stephanie is a second-year doctoral student in the musicology program and has served as CWRU’s research assistant at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s education department. She received a B.M. in Music Education, B.A. in Music History, and B.S.E. in Italian Education from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All three degrees were awarded summa cum laude. She also performed with Youngstown State University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Early Music Ensemble. Student membership included the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. While at YSU, Stephanie was a Leslie H. Cochran University Scholar.
Her research centers on Broadway musicals and their sociopolitical contexts. At YSU, she received the 2013 Dana Young Scholar Award for her paper “‘He is American Music:’ The Establishment of Irving Berlin’s Reputation Through War Songs.” A regular participant in QUEST: The Student Research Forum, her presentations included “Bob Dylan: The Continuation of a Tradition of American Activism” and “Laughter and Tears in Mozart’s Opera Buffa.” A third QUEST presentation – “’A Couple o’ Fools Swappin’ Noises:’ Freud’s Id, Ego, and Superego in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.” – received the 2012 Dean’s Award.
In addition to her studies, she performs in several pit orchestras for various local musical productions. Her work in public musicology involves ongoing volunteerism with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s education department and public talks such as “The Good, the Bad, and the Funny: Responding to a Multi-Faceted Mozart in Così Fan Tutte.”