Concentrators

Jeffrey Ball '17 is a senior music (Theory/History/Composition) concentrator from Long Island, NY. After playing in their first pit orchestra in high school, Jeff became passionate about musical theatre. They were part of Theatre Aspen's 2016 Apprentice Program as their music director apprentice. They frequently work on campus as a pianist and music director. Some of Jeff's credits include Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (Brown), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Brown), Mamma Mia! (Theatre Aspen), and Theatre Aspen's 2016 Apprentice Showcase, [Title of Showcase]. Jeff loves vocal coaching and accompanying singers and practicing orchestral conducting with pit orchestras. They also started a GISP in Fall '15 on Sondheim's music. Jeff aspires to work in musical theatre after graduation.


Charles BlasbergCharles BlasbergCharlie Blasberg '18
 is a junior Music History/Theory/Composition concentrator from Boston, Massachusetts.  An accomplished jazz pianist, Charlie begun classical piano lessons in grade school but eventually his focus shifted to jazz.  Through his jazz studies, Blasberg learned the Hammond Organ, which is his favorite instrument to play.  He is a disciple of Boston funk legend, Amy Bellamy, and continues to study jazz and bop styles under Ron Sanfilippo in the Applied Music program. Blasberg aspires to continue to write and play music after he graduates from Brown, but a passion of his also lies in the wide world of the music business.  At Brown, Charlie is a member of the Varsity Squash team, the sailing team, and is a sports columnist for the Brown Daily Herald.

Noah FieldsNoah FieldsNoah Fields '17 is a music and philosophy dual concentrator. He is a pianist, violinist, and composer involved in chamber music, orchestra, AMP, and a lot of musical theater at Brown. In Spring 2014, he conceived, directed, and produced Bernstein Extravaganza:The Best of All Possible Worlds, a revue of Bernstein's musical theater repertoire. In Summer 2014, he wrote the one-act children's musical WONDERWORLD with the support of an UTRA and the mentorship of Dr. Nancy Rosenberg.

Christina Flynn ‘17 is a dual concentrator in music and comparative literature with three languages from Old Lyme, Connecticut. Christina was first exposed to music at age three when she began her fifteen years of classical ballet study. She fell in love with music through dancing, and began studying piano at ten years old, since she wanted to learn to play pieces from her favorite ballets. Her love of music quickly blossomed into a life-long passion. Shortly thereafter she also began French horn lessons, and played with her youth orchestra as the principle horn for five years. At university, Christina studies piano under the tutelage of Linda Jiorle-Nagy through the Applied Music program. She also studies organ with Mark Steinbach. She loves the opportunity to perform in recitals at Brown as a soloist or in a chamber ensemble. She looks forward to further delving into the intersection between music and literature in her senior thesis on music in the Romantic novel.

Ryan Gourley '17 is a Music Theory, History, and Composition concentrator from San Antonio, Texas. At Brown, Ryan has participated in the Brown University Orchestra (Vice President Fall 2015, President Spring 2016), Brown University Wind Ensemble (Guest Student Conductor May 2016), Brown University Opera Productions (Music Director, Hydrogen Jukebox 2014), Brown Percussion Ensemble, and more. He is the recipient of the Brown International Student Affairs Fund (2016), Questbridge Summer Service Grant (2016), and Brown Curricular Arts Center Grant (2015) for multimedia music projects centered in Russia and Eastern Europe. Ryan has lived in Budapest and Saint Petersburg for studies abroad and made pilgrimages to the former houses/apartments of Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt, Chopin, and Mozart. His interests outside of music include programming, learning Russian, and traveling.

Devanney Haruta ’16.5 is a double concentrator in Music and Math from Simsbury, CT. She is passionate about topology, gastronomy, and all things musical. She started playing the oboe in 2005 and has since performed with a variety of ensembles, including the Brown Wind Symphony, Community MusicWorks, and the Clare Memory Orchestra of County Clare, Ireland. In fall 2015, Devanney took a leave from Brown to travel to Austria, where she participated in World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), driven by her interests in environmental sustainability and the German language. Her recent summer internship at All Classical, a non-profit radio station in Portland, OR, has inspired her to seek a future career connecting music and communities. When she is not researching player pianos for her senior thesis, Devanney is an avid baker, specializing in vegan and vegetable-inspired cakes.


Hollis JenkinsHollis JenkinsHollis Jenkins '18
 is a MEME concentrator from Houston, Texas. His interests include hip-hop in all its depth, music and social politics in 1970s America, and jazz. He is a pianist and guitarist, and is responsible for 2013's Staar Waars: The Musical. Currently, he is working on a mixtape under the alias Nathan Parks.

Marley Kirton '17 is a MEME concentrator at Brown. He grew up in Barbados in the Caribbean until the age of 14 when he moved to California. Marley studied music on and off through out his childhood and in highschool, taking piano and guitar lesson alongside playing in his highschool jazz band. At Brown, he decided that he wanted to pursue music as a professional interest. Currently he produces his own music and collaborates with other artists on campus. He also is studying jazz piano and plays with the Japanese drumming group on campus, Gendo Taiko. For the future he hope to start learning how to incorporate more visual and interactive aspects to his music and performance. 

Ian MacDougald ’17 is double concentrating in music and classics and is from Madison, Connecticut. Having studied the violin from an early age, Ian served as the concertmaster of many regional and school orchestras in which he was a member, and he also participated in many chamber music festivals such as the New York State Music Festival and the Elm City Chamberfest and summer orchestras such as the Frenchwoods Festival For the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra. Having briefly studied conducting, Ian guest conducted both the Choate Rosemary Hall Symphony Orchestra and the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he is pursuing his degree along the Multimedia and Computer Music track.


Thomas Nath '16.5
 is a double concentrator in MEME and Political Science from Rochester, Minnesota. Thomas has played piano, guitar, and bass since 5, and used to give concerts to his parents. He now gives concerts to other people and his parents. His interests are musical dualities and paradoxes: namely, new forms of music production and composition that bring together different forms, genres, spaces, sounds, and ideas. He is currently working on an honors thesis of recorded original music.


Sami OverbySami OverbySami Overby '17
 is a double concentrator in music and geology. Sami's first love was Joe Hisaishi's film scores, which drew him into the world of composition. Sami is studying composition with Professor Eric Nathan and writing a scored podcast for his senior thesis. He is also the current and founding co-president of Fermata, a group that connects student composers and instrumentalists and produces concerts of student compositions. Sami has also been singing in the University Chorus and with the Madrigal Singers since his first year at Brown, and music directed the Madrigals Singers his junior year. Sami has vocal directed for Brown Opera Productions in Astor Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires and Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan in Princess Ida, and has also served as publicity chair on the Brown Opera Productions board. Sami has taught music to pre-K through 5th grade at a summer camp and has taught piano and music theory to students ages 6-8. Sami hopes to continuing creating music with other people, working with young musicians, and writing his own music after Brown.

Erin Reifler '17 is a Music Theory/History/Composition concentrator from Evanston, IL. She is an active musical theater composer/lyricist, music director, and trombonist. Erin has performed in pit orchestras from Chicago to New York, and spent two summers with the College Light Opera Company. At Brown she has played with the Wind Symphony, Orchestra, and a brass quintet. She co-founded and assistant music directed Brown’s newest trombone choir, The Bear Bones, who appeared in a local Rhode Island commercial. Erin's one act musical Goldilocks: A New Drag Musical made its New York City premiere in the summer of 2016 at the Thespis Theatre Festival. Her 10-minute musical The Trombone Lesson most recently won Manhattan Repertory Theatre's 10-Minute Play Competition. At Brown, Erin has music directed productions of Urinetown and Little Women and is looking forward to A Chorus Line in Fall 2016. www.erinjreifler.com

Ben Silverman '18 is a MEME concentrator from Alexandria, Virginia. His primary interests are experimental dance music, the global electronic music community, and the overlap between visual art and music. He is also interested in building hardware and software tools for electronic music production, and enjoys participating in critical discourse about music and society. Ben has been making computer music for roughly a decade.