Kerry Brunson
Musicology – Research Focus: American orchestras, musical hierarchies, and the cultural and political aspects of musical communities

Kerry Brunson is a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of Musicology. She received a BM in Saxophone Performance from Kennesaw State University and an MA in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach with a thesis titled “Mass Classical: America, Accessibility, and the Atlanta School of Composers.” Her research interests center on American orchestras, musical hierarchies, and the cultural and political aspects of musical communities. Additionally, Kerry has a strong interest in Ecomusicology and intends to examine the growth and development of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra through an ecocritical lens as part of her dissertation. Kerry has presented her work at conferences of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music, Music and the Moving Image, regional conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Loewe Symposium in American Music at the University of Redlands, and Branding “Western Music” at the University of Bern, Switzerland. As part of the Freshmen Clusters program at UCLA, Kerry developed and is currently teaching an interdisciplinary seminar on acoustic ecologies of the Deep South. In addition to her academic work, Kerry is a docent for grades K-12 at the Getty Center where she crafts and leads interactive musical tours of the museum’s galleries. She also enjoys singing and playing the oboe, English horn, and saxophone with various local bands and orchestras.

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