“I find the diversity of the faculty to be a great help and inspiration. I’ve been exposed to a plethora of methodologies, and ways of thinking about music, that I’ve been slowly able to coalesce and use to shape my own work.”
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
The first reason was the impressive faculty and the depth of the program. The second reason was the generous funding available to graduate students in the MA Musicology program.
Where is “home” for you?
Home for me is the sunny island nation of the Bahamas, but I hope to eventually immigrate and become a Canadian citizen!
Describe your research.
I’m very much interested in the relationship between music and politics in the Stalinist years of the Soviet Union. I’m particularly interested in the strategies and approaches, and the ramifications thereof, that composers employed to reconcile their unique personal aesthetics with the state imposed aesthetic, Socialist Realism.
What’s your favourite book?
My favourite book would have to be William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch. Even just a page is enough to leave one stunned with the force of Burroughs’ writing.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
I’ve worked as a TA for each semester of my program so far. It has provided me with invaluable teaching experience. It’s also been a lot of fun! My students have always been bright, inquisitive, and all around inspiring.