Current Students 2017-2018
Gabriel Benton (M.M. organ ’18) is a keyboardist with a passion for bringing early music alive to contemporary audiences. He received his bachelor’s degree in harpsichord performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he also worked as a church organist and keyboard technician. In addition to performing on historical keyboards and organ, Gabriel sang in choirs and played recorder with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra and Mountainside Baroque. He continued studying historical performance with a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he played keyboards and recorders with the period instrument orchestra Juilliard415. He has performed across the country, recently appearing with the American Bach Soloists in San Fransisco and with the New World Symphony in Miami. He has won several awards, including the York Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Harold Hunt Organ Scholarship, the Earl Russel Award in Historical Performance, and two summer workshop scholarships from Early Music America.
Elizabeth Bickley (M.A.R. ’18) is interested in the distinction and overlap between sacred and public space and the various communal activities enabled within each. In particular, she will investigate the private and public divide ingrained in societal norms and how such organization shapes religious worship, play, the position of the arts, and communal memory in today’s pluralistic society. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a degree in English Literature and Latin American Studies, and spent the last two years working as an administrative and research assistant at a research institute for social science and humanities scholarship. Off the clock, she led tours at her local art museum, served as a stagehand for outdoor performances, and volunteered at city festivals.
Ting (Hedy) Bok (M.A.R. ’18) hails from Hong Kong and has a professional background in innovation consulting, counseling, social media marketing, translation and journalism in Greater China. At the ISM, she engages in the interdisciplinary inquiry of religion and the arts, exploring how Christianity’s many inconvenient truths can become experientially accessible (even transcending linguistic, social, and cultural barriers) through literature, visual arts, and the performance arts. She looks forward to category-defying conversations about the ‘East’, the ‘West’, all that is beyond, and all that is in between. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature and visual arts at Princeton University. Having lived and worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Greece, and the U.S., she is committed to bridging diverse cultures and communities of faith through artistic and scholarly work, as well as personal example.
Stephanie Burette (M.Div. ’19) comes from Paris where she studied French literature and paintings. She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature and specialized in the study of art theory and art criticism in the 17th and 18th centuries. She primarily focused on the evolution of the discourses on paintings at a time exhibitions became public at the Louvre. Her interests now are particularly centered on theological questions raised by European religious paintings in the 16th and 17th centuries. It’s also in the course of her Ph.D., while doing research in Oxford, that she joined the Anglican communion and was confirmed at New College in 2010. After teaching French literature in high school, Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle and Paris 6, she is now a Postulant for Holy Orders (priesthood) in the Episcopal Church (Convocation of Europe).
Maggie Burk (M.M. choral conducting ’19) is a conductor, teacher, singer, and composer who has held teaching appointments at the high school and middle school levels. For the past two years, she held the post of Assistant Director of Choirs at Free State High School in Lawrence, KS, where she co-taught seven choirs in a program of 320 students. In addition to her public school teaching, she served as Assistant Organist/Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka, KS, where she led the Cathedral Choristers program and composed many sacred choral works for the Cathedral Choir. Maggie received her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude with Departmental Distinction from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she studied conducting with Anton Armstrong, Timothy Mahr, and Christopher Aspaas, and organ with Catherine Rodland. While at St. Olaf, she was a section leader in the acclaimed St. Olaf Choir, a teaching assistant for music theory and conducting, and a chapel organist.
Nia Campinha-Bacote (M.Div ’20) writes, “I grew up as a classically trained pianist for 7 years and am also an avid percussionist. My heart beats for worship and I’m hoping to use my musical skills to help others tangibly encounter the Love and Presence of God. Additionally, I love belting out the Moana soundtrack at all hours of the day.”
Peerawat Chiaranunt (M.A.R. religion & literature ’19), born in Riyadh and raised in Bangkok, graduated this past May from the “great books” program at St. John’s College (Santa Fe, NM). During his time at Yale, he intends to commit himself primarily to the study of Dante’s Commedia and the kind of thinking about the classics and one’s personal past the poem encourages. Because other authors dear to him include Cervantes, Keats, and Proust, a pressing question for him as an ISM student concerns the extent to which ostensibly secular texts articulate the same visions of the human situation as those that claim sacred inspiration – and vice versa. He enjoys, in his spare time, coffee, clouds, and chess.
Diana Chou (M.M.A. organ ’19)
From 2009-2015, Matthew Daley (M.M. organ ’19) attended the University of Maryland as a piano major and received a B.M. and M.M. Degree, studying under Dr. Larissa Dedova. While pursuing his two piano degrees, Matt had the privilege of taking organ lessons with Dale Krider, Mr. William Neal (National Symphony Orchestra Organist) and John Walker (Former President of the American Guild of Organists). Over the course of his musical journey, Matt became proficient in several other aspects of music, including collaborative piano, violin and the viola. As he has explored music, he has enjoyed sharing his music in various countries including Spain, Italy, South Africa, Canada, Lesotho, Puerto Rico, Australia and Jamaica. He has also enjoyed performing in concerts at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Perelman Stage and the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. Matt’s greatest passion for music comes from playing in churches and he considers it a great honor to have served as one of the organists at Sligo Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Colesville United Methodist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, and National Presbyterian Church.
Carmen Denia (M.A.R. religion and literature ’19) recently graduated as part of the inaugural class of Yale-National University of Singapore College. There she divided her time between pet-sitting for professors and researching on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Her other research interests are in poetry, material culture, and liturgy from classical to medieval Europe. Carmen has come to the ISM to understand better how these human expressions work together with faith for human flourishing—a short question that would take a lifetime to answer. Outside of class, she is usually listening to podcasts, exploring the Old Campus, or enjoying the quiet in Nouwen Chapel.
Christian Detisch (M.Div ’20) comes to Yale from Washington, DC where he was working in digital strategy for an environmental nonprofit. He received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is interested in the intersections of religion and literature, social movements and the church’s place within them, and medicine and theology.
Jack Dewey (M.A.R. religion & literature ’19)
Emily Donato (M.M. voice ’19)
Will Doreza (M.M.A. voice ’18)
Samuel Ernest (M.A.R. ’17) is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, where he studied English literature. During his undergraduate years, he spent two terms at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, interned at Image Journal, and studied violin under Ilkka Talvi. His interests surround the intersection of sexuality and writing. They include the reading and writing practices of queer Christians, contemporary gay spiritual autobiography, and gay fiction. During his time at YDS and Berkeley, he has begun to spread his tendrils into queer marriage rites and the theology of desire, and he looks forward to exploring these topics in all of their rich complexities with the ISM. Sam also enjoys playing the violin and, on the rare occasion, reading aloud with loved ones.
After two wonderful years in the ISM working towards an MARc in Liturgical Studies, Zachary Fletcher (M.Div. ’18) has finally given in and transferred to the MDiv. He is not the first person to do this. Zak looks forward to spending his remaining year at Yale as an aspirant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT). Zak has returned to his baptismal parish, Christ Church New Haven, as a seminary intern, where he will continue singing in the Compline Choir with several other ISMers. (When not doing divinity schoolwork, Zak is always, always singing in choirs with ISM people.) He remains affiliated with Berkeley Divinity School. Zak graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Classics, Linguistics and, without realizing it at the time, Theology.
Sarah Fox (M.A.R. religion & music ’19) writes, “I am originally from Russellville, Kentucky and served as the Music Director/Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Russellville for ten years. I attended Western Kentucky University as an undergraduate, receiving degrees in history and music. I then moved to Birmingham, United Kingdom, where I studied choral conducting as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar at the University of Birmingham. I also completed independent research regarding the intersections between music and adverse childhood experiences. My current research interests include music’s role in building spiritual identity, the connection between religious traditions/identities and cross-cultural relationships, and the use of music as a tool for internationally-focused peace and reconciliation efforts. I love to take walks in nature, read and write poetry, and cook.”
Chih Hao Victor Gan (M.A.R. liturgical studies ’17), brought up as an Anglican in Singapore, spent his college years in London, which shaped his interest in liturgy and early music. He writes, “Having worked in infectious disease and public health policy as a physician and researcher, the performativity of healthcare and religion in modern society examined phenomenologically and seen through comparative historical studies continues to intrigue. Our identities are formed by what we do, as much in the gym as meditating on the subway; seeking psychoanalysis or going for confession.”
Dustin Gavin (M.A.R. religion & visual art ’17) a native of Mobile, Alabama, is a New York City-based digital media artist who has spent the past few years focusing on experimental sound and video works that explore the duplicities of the body, gender, race, and identity. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University, an M.A. in Media Studies and Film from The New School, and will investigate the roles of race and gender in American Religious History through the lens of the Visual Arts in the Institute of Sacred Music. In exploring this synthesis, Dustin intends to further inform notions of the Black queer religious experience in America by creating digital works which provoke social commentary that complicate the effects and affects of that lived experience. Preoccupied with storytelling, Dustin believes that media has a responsibility to tell compelling stories, foster education, and provide insight to the world around us.
Jacob Gelber (M.M. choral conducting ’19) is a first-year choral conductor and countertenor. Originally from Cranford, New Jersey, he recently finished his studies in the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange, where he led the Columbia University Vivace Chamber Singers and sang in New York’s C4 Ensemble. Jacob loves conducting ensembles small and large and is eager to collaborate with composers and across disciplines!
Amy Giuliano (M.Div ’18) is in the final year of her Master’s degree in Religion and Visual Arts. Prior to her time at Yale, her most recent degree is a S.T.B. in theology from the Angelicum in Rome, where she also was trained and worked as guide of the city’s art and architecture. She is currently an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. Amy has given colloquia and radio interviews on the history of art at Seton Hall University and Sacred Heart University. This past summer, Amy lead tours of the Yale University Art Gallery as an Elm Institute graduate research associate, worked for two months as an art historical tour guide in Rome for the Paideia Institute’s undergraduate Latin program, assistant-directed a short film entitled Living Latin in Rome, studied sacred art in Jerusalem as a Two Brothers fellow, and became a contributing essayist for the Magnificat.
Hannah Goodwillie (M.M. choral conducting ’19)
Haitham Haidar (M.M.A. voice ’19)
Josiah Hamill (M.M. organ ’18) is an organist, violinist, and pianist who is already known for his passion, musicality, and virtuosity. He has received numerous awards and recognitions in both organ and violin. As an organist, he was twice selected as one of six finalists in the Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing, an international competition based in Syracuse, NY. He was runner-up in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition for Young Organists. Josiah received his B.M. with dual concentrations in organ and violin, graduating summa cum laude with distinctions from Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he studied under Dr. Joseph Galema (organ) and Linda Wang (violin). He was Lamont’s Presser Scholar and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.
Sally Hansen (M.A.R. religion & literature ’18)
Octavia Houha-McAloon (M.M. choral conducting ’18) is a fierce advocate for the performance and support of choral music. She prides herself on a love of and devotion to contemporary music—especially with promising female and young composers. After receiving her B.M. in 2013 (Classical Voice), she had been performing, conducting, and teaching around Seattle until beginning the Yale School of Music Masters program in Choral Conducting in 2016. Whether as a singer or a conductor, McAloon most enjoys working on music that achieves something genuinely new for the genre; she loves taking on complex music and addressing new musical challenges. Other interests include songwriting, guitar, photography, gaming, the Great Northwest, and hiking.
An Ohio native, Andrew Hendrixson (M.A.R. religion & visual arts ’18) studied art and English as an undergraduate at Mount Vernon Nazarene University before earning an M.F.A. in painting and drawing in 2011 at the University of Florida. Before coming to Yale, he returned to Mount Vernon as a professor in the department of art and design, had an extended residency at the Whale and Star Studio in Miami, Florida, and drove around the country in a rented van as part of an experimental and performance-based art piece entitled “The House Shows Project.” In addition to engaging the theological implications of the arts, he seeks to find ways to reimagine the discourse of contemporary art away from the cynicism in which it seems content, and toward a more rigorous, embodied, and humanizing endeavor.
Chun Fung (Andrew) Hon (M.M.A. choral conducting ’19) is a choral artist from Hong Kong. Previously, he served as the Choir Director at St. John’s UCC – Newport, KY and Head of Music at Fung Kai Innovative School. Hon has studied under world-renowned conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Rolf Beck, Eric Stark, Stephen Coker and Dénes Szabó. He was the chorus master and masterclass coordinator for Professor Stephen Coker and Professor William Weinert in Hong Kong’s Singfest. He was also the chorus master for Mozart’s Idomeneo at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Hon received his Bachelor of Arts (Music) from University of California, Berkeley with distinction, and a Master of Music (Choral Conducting) from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he served as Teaching Assistant and taught theory and musicianship at the undergraduate level. He also received a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Hong Kong Baptist University with an Award of Merit in Supervised Teaching Practice.
Thomas Ingui (M.M. organ ’19)
Joseph Kemper (M.M. ’18), a native of Oregon, came to Yale after working five years as a choral director at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida. Prior to that, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota where he received a B.M. in vocal music education and graduated with distinction. He found his passion for choral music during his time in the Youth Choral Academy at the Oregon Bach Festival. This year he is co-directing Yale’s Battell Chapel Choir. In addition to choral music, Joseph loves to hike, bike, play board games, and spend time with his wife.
Kathleen E. Kilcup (M.A.R ’18) is a first year M.A.R. student concentrating in religion and literature. After spending five years in the US Army as a Russian linguist, she studied philosophy as an undergraduate and later earned an M.F.A. in poetry from University of California, Riverside. Her interests include the lyric, Eastern Christianity, and notions of incarnational and sacramental language. She is from Oregon.
Michael Kurth (M.Div. ’18) is originally from the Midwest, but spent four years in New York City before entering Yale. Along with the ISM, he studies at Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School in preparation for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. Michael works as a seminary intern at Christ Church in Pelham, and hopes to return to his New York home upon graduation. Michael has always been involved with church choirs, and appreciates how the ISM has furthered his lifelong passion for sacred music. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with people – whether traveling, trying new food, watching sports, or going to the ballet.
James Simon Lee (M.M. ’18) grew up in a musical family, and has sung in church choirs since the age of six. At the age of 8, he started playing the clarinet, and at the age of 11, added the saxophone. Having played in the Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra, James then studied for a bachelor of music degree at the University of Leeds, with a year focusing on solo performance at the University of North Texas. Upon graduation from Leeds in 2009, he took up the role of Lay Clerk at Durham Cathedral. In 2011-12, he studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (with Qualified Teaching Status). Since then James has delivered curriculum classroom music across the North East of England.
He Li (M.A.R. religion & visual arts ’19)
Wonhee Lim (M.Div ’19)
Megan McDermott (M.Div ’18) is in the ordination process for the priesthood through the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, with interests in both campus and parish ministry. During her undergraduate years at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., she double-majored in Creative Writing and Religious Studies. She explores faith and Christian life in poetry and has been published in ISM’s literary journal Letters, as well as The Cresset, the Saint Katherine Review, and Dog Pond Magazine. At YDS, she enjoys serving as a chapel minister at Marquand Chapel. She has found chances to craft feminist-inspired liturgies particularly rewarding. Megan hopes to continue embracing her love for ecumenical worship as she moves into professional ministry.
David McNeil (D.M.A ’18) is currently in the second year of coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the ISM. Previously, he spent five years as an elementary and secondary music teacher, working with vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as teaching drama and private lessons. He then earned a Masters in Choral Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. David’s interests include Baroque music, fishing, opera, the role of choral music in the church, literature, woodworking, and (especially) his amazing wife Chelsey and their three sons, Conrad, Arthur, and Henry.
Allison Merrill (M.A.R. religion & music ’19) writes, “I am delighted to be a part of YDS and the ISM and look forward to my studies in the religion and the arts/music concentration. Singing was my gateway to broader musical study, leading to interests in choral studies, music history, music education, and church music. The interdisciplinary study approach resonates with me in light of all these connected interests. My husband and I come from Jacksonville, Florida as graduates of Jacksonville University. We are so thankful to be a part of the ISM community!”
Ashley Mulcahy (M.M. voice ’19) is a mezzo-soprano earning her MM in voice as part of the Voxtet. Ashley is particularly interested in seventeenth and eighteenth-century repertoire and spent the last two years in Chicago studying with early music specialist Ellen Hargis. In Chicago she was a frequent chorister with groups such as The Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque, and Church of the Ascension. She was also a Young Artist at the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival. Prior to moving to Chicago, Ashley earned undergraduate degrees in Vocal Performance and Italian from The University of Michigan where she studied with Carmen Pelton.
Nicholas Quardokus (M.M. ’18) comes to Yale from Indiana University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in organ performance in 2016. He currently studies organ with Martin Jean and serves as organ scholar at Trinity Church on the Green. His interest in the organ is deeply rooted in liturgical music. He has previously served as assistant organist at Trinity Church, Indianapolis, as well as organist for the Royal School of Church Music summer course in St. Louis in 2016. In addition, as competition prize-winner and recitalist, he has played throughout the eastern United States. During his time at the ISM he hopes to continue exploring the organ within the rich context of other sacred art.
Camille Rabbat (S.T.M. ’18)
Jacob Reed (M.M. organ ’19) was born in Oxford, England, and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He recently became the first student ever to receive a simultaneous B.A./M.A. in music theory and history from Yale University (double-major in mathematics), studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas and organ with Thomas Murray. The 2017–18 organ scholar at Grace Church in Manhattan, he has given recitals across the United States, Europe, and Canada. Jacob has also performed frequently as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician on piano, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. Since matriculating at Yale, he has been a member of the Yale Temperament Viol Consort, instrumentalist and vocalist for the Yale Collegium Musicum, and harpsichordist for the Yale Baroque Opera Project.
James Reese (M.M. ’18) is a second year student in the Voxtet program. Originally from Philadelphia, he is a tenor who is especially interested in vocal chamber music. Outside of Yale, he sings regularly with groups like The Crossing and Santa Fe Desert Chorale, as well as performing with his chamber group, Variant 6, in Philadelphia. He keeps a lot - seriously, a lot - of plants in his apartment.
Paul Reese (M.Div ’19) is beginning his middle year at the ISM and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Previously, Paul studied voice at Greenville University (IL) and musicology and choral conducting at Western Illinois University, writing a thesis about the Jesus People and the development of the Christian music industry. Most recently from Philadelphia, Paul is seeking holy orders in the Episcopal Church. With the ISM, Paul’s interests include public arts as tools for evangelism, community development, and poverty relief.
Nathan Reiff (D.M.A. choral conducting ’17) comes to Yale from New York, where he worked for two years as a conductor with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, a children’s chorus serving about 1,500 students from across the greater New York City area. Prior to that, he received an M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Michigan. Originally hailing from Oregon, Nathan did his undergraduate degree at Yale several years ago. He says, “I’m thrilled to be back!”
Sarah Rodeo (M.A.R. liturgical studies ’19) writes, “I completed a B.A. in Music at Vassar College, where I focused on the organ and voice, also studying piano and playing other historical keyboards. I am now attending Yale Divinity School, pursuing an M.A.R. with a concentration in Religion & the Arts (on the music track), and a certificate from the Institute of Sacred Music. While I am a dedicated Roman Catholic devoted to the Tridentine Mass, the Daily Office, Latin, Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony, I greatly love and value Anglican and Eastern Orthodox aesthetics and artistic traditions. I currently work as Fundraising/Social Media Assistant to the Christopher Mueller Foundation for Polyphony & Chant, Soprano Section Leader in the Berkeley Divinity School Chapel Choir, and Organist/Choir Director at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange, CT.”
Hannah Sachs (M.Div ’20) is an applied theatre artist and director from Virginia. She studied directing, religion, and social change at Smith College and has recently returned from a year teaching and directing in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright scholar. She has been blessed to serve and learn from many marginalized communities including Syrian refugees, sex trafficking survivors, and people experiencing homelessness. Hannah is passionate about academically exploring historical and contemporary connections between faith and the arts, as well as specifically using her theatrical skills within diverse ministry contexts.
Jonathan Sanchez (M.Div. ’18), from Columbia, South Carolina, is a first-year M.Div. student seeking ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He recently graduated from St. Olaf College, in Northfield, MN, where he majored in bass clarinet performance. He also enjoys playing Renaissance recorder. In addition to being able to study liturgy at the ISM, Jonathan is looking forward to furthering his study of Biblical languages. On a personal note: “Fried chicken is myfavorite food, and I love making puns!”
Hans-Jacob Schmidt (M.A.R. ’18) is a visual artist working with performance, sculpture, and text. He received a M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University in 2015, as well as a B.A. in art practice from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Beyond showing his own work internationally, he has taught sculpture at California State University, Los Angeles, and most recently worked in the education department of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Using the genealogy of Christ, his most recent work engages questions of image ethics, non-representation, and failed identity formations.
Bradley Sharpe (M.M. voice ’18)
David Simon (D.M.A. organ ’23) was born in Toronto and first studied music at St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School. His interests in sacred choral and organ music have led him to study at Yale where he is working towards the M.M. degree in organ with the church music studies certificate.
Xiao Situ (M.A.R. comprehensive ’17) is from Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. in art from Vassar College and is completing a PhD dissertation entitled “Emily Dickinson’s Window Culture, 1830-1886” in the History of Art Department at Yale University. As an MAR candidate at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, she studies and practices the integration of pastoral care and the visual arts. She is a museum educator at Yale University Art Gallery, where she plans and leads programs for youth, families, and individuals with special needs. Her work brings together art-historical scholarship, museum education, and rehabilitative and restorative care.
Sam Stella (S.T.M. ’18)
Addy Sterrett (M.M. voice ’18) was raised in a musical family in the forests of northern Michigan, and discovered her passion for singing at a young age. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, she began her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, and later graduated with a bachelor of music degree from DePauw University. Addy enjoys all things outdoors, biking, kittens, and baking. As a performer, she hopes to have the privilege of sharing the profound beauty of music with those who need it most.
Abigail Storch (M.A.R. ’18) graduated summa cum laude from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in 2016, where she studied literature and music. In the fall of her junior year, Abbie spent a semester at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded both the Frederick Buechner Prize for Creative Writing and the de Jager Prize for her research on early modern devotional poetry. She has worked as the senior editor of her university’s undergraduate research journal, an editorial fellow at Image Journal, and an online marketing intern at Yale University Press. Her research interests include notions of desire in the Christian tradition, the role of metaphor in spirituality, and a constructive theology of women’s embodiment. She is the current religion editorial intern at Yale University Press.
Matthew Sullivan (M.M. voice ’18) is a bass-baritone whose most recent season included performances of Bach’s Missa Brevis (BWV 235) and Matthäus-Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Pärt’s Passio, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and Faure’s Requiem. Previous seasons have included performances with the Folger Consort, the Boston Early Music Festival, Peabody Consort, Baltimore Baroque Band, Mountainside Baroque, Opera Lafayette, and the American Opera Theatre. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Matt is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied under John Shirley-Quirk and William Sharp.
Anna Thurston (M.A.R. religion & visual arts ’18) is a joint degree candidate at Yale Divinity School and at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (M.E.M. ’19) specializing in the intersection of art, religion, and the environment. At the ISM, she investigates the role creative material culture plays in the formation of worship, ritual, and faith-based practices within the context of natural and imagined landscapes. Prior to her time at Yale, Anna worked with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Inspired by a pilgrimage to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in 2013, Anna began her foray into eco-criticism, which led her to the field of eco-theology and interfaith initiatives in pursuit of environmental justice. She graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in 2014 with a B.A. in Humanities, Art History, and Italian Literature. Currently a student organizer for the Religion and Ecology Colloquium at Yale, Anna finds herself at home when she is in the mountains, in an art gallery, or listening to the Prelude to Act 1 of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin.
Edward Vogel (M.M. voice ’19) is thrilled to be joining the ISM community as the first-year baritone in the Voxtet. He is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with majors in Marketing and Vocal Performance. Thanks in part to Notre Dame’s own sacred music program, he has developed a deep love of early and sacred music, and is incredibly happy to be returning to his hometown of New Haven to continue following his passion.
David von Behren (M.M. organ ’19)
Rosemary Williams (M.A.R. liturgical studies ’19) is a scholar and musician whose interests focus on the intersections between liturgy and music. In her undergraduate studies at James Madison University, Rosemary was awarded dual degrees in Music Performance (clarinet) and Interdisciplinary Religion, served as Music Minister at Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry, and performed in the orchestra for numerous student opera productions. Rosemary holds professional memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Theta Alpha Kappa, and Phi Sigma Tau; and has studied clarinet under the tutelage of Dr. Janice Minor, Dr. Anastasia Christofakis, and Dr. Sarunas Jankauskas.
Emily Wing (M.A.R. religion & visual arts ’18) studied Art History at McGill University and graduated with first class honors in 2016. She has done research on Canadian fugitive slave advertisements as visual records of resistance in Canada, and focuses on the material and spatial cultures of religion/secularity at the ISM. A native of Montreal, Emily lives in community across from the Yale Divinity School.
Sze-Long (Aaron) Wong (M.A.R. liturgical studies ’18) was born and raised in Hong Kong, but now calls Canada his home and native land. He has served as a chorister, choir conductor, and cellist in Anglican churches in Hong Kong and Canada. Before joining the ISM, he was an M.Div. student at Fuller Theological Seminary, and served as a lay worship leader at Richmond Hill Christian Community Church, a Chinese evangelical church in the suburb of Toronto. Aaron holds a B.M. in cello performance from Peabody Conservatory, an M.M. in cello performance from the Juilliard School, and an M.A. in performance arts administration from New York University. He is passionate about guiding faith communities in cultivating their own worship language that is ecumenically minded, historically conscious, theologically nuanced, and culturally distinct. He is grateful that his family is able to join him in New Haven and looks forward to this special season of formation and learning.
Laura Worden (M.A.R. religion & visual arts ’18) is originally from Sacramento, California. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Art History and Art and she is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion, Visual Arts, and Material Culture at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music. Her research examines objects, spaces, and performances of the post-9/11 conflict in the United States. Currently, she is exploring the ritualized and materialized manifestations of security at the US borders and entryways, namely the US airport checkpoint and the Transportation Security Agency. Challenging the dichotomy between sacred and secular spaces, this research examines visual culture’s relation to identity, power, mobility, and terror. Additionally, Laura is also interested in visual representations of individual and communal memory within US Latinx communities as well as the art and interaction of religious groups in medieval Iberia.
Janet Yieh (M.M. organ ’17, M.M.A. organ ’18) a native of Alexandria, Virginia, is thrilled and grateful to return to the Yale ISM. Janet is a graduate of the Juilliard School (B.M.’15) and her former posts include Organ Scholar at Trinity on the Green in New Haven and Assistant Organist at Trinity Wall Street in New York. Her recent performances include a Pipedreams national radio broadcast from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall with NOVUS NY orchestra, and solo recitals at Washington National Cathedral and St. John’s Cathedral in Taipei. She is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and co-chair of the American Guild of Organists’ Young Organist board. With Presbyterian and Anglican roots, Janet loves church music and working with choirs and currently serves as Organ Scholar at Christ Church in New Haven, and Organist/Choir director for Berkeley Divinity School.