Public Link to Master’s Thesis

I’m happy to report that my master’s thesis titled “Celebrating and Preserving Music of Jewish Pasts: The Holocaust Survivor Band” is now available to view online! You can access the thesis here. If you’re interested in talking about my research, you can reach me at

Upcoming Guest Scholar – Dr. Joseph Hellweg

Come check this out! 🙂

Society for Musicology

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Joseph Hellweg, FSU Associate Professor of Religion, to the College of Music! He will be giving a lecture titled “”Scripture and Orature in Songs for Muslim Hunters: Reconciling Performance and Scholarship in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa” in Longmire Recital Hall on September 29, 2016 from 4-5 pm. Please join us for a wonderful interdisciplinary presentation that is sure to spark your interest!


ABSTRACT: The field of Islamic Studies typically focuses on the study of written texts. But among initiated dozo hunters in Côte d’Ivoire, “oral” songs are likened to Muslim scripture. What can we make of this equation? Is it a quaint metaphor or a call to rethink the nature of Islam? In Côte d’Ivoire, dozos have been targets of criticism by Salafi Muslims because of their ritual practices as well as objects of disdain by educated elites. Yet dozos helped the current regime…

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