Zachary Wallmark is Assistant Professor of Musicology at SMU. He received his PhD from UCLA. His research and teaching bring together perspectives from the cognitive sciences and cultural music studies to explore topics such as musical affect, embodiment, social cognition, and aesthetics. He is particularly interested in the role timbre plays in shaping emotional experiences with music. Wallmark is also a jazz bassist and performer of the Japanese shakuhachi flute. His work has been supported by the NEH and SSHRC (Canada).
Jay Appaji is currently pursuing a double major in music and engineering at SMU. His research interests involve investigating the perception of rhythm. Jay is passionate about pursuing music at a professional level and collaborating with musical traditions from around the world. Since 2009, he has been studying the mridangam, the primary drum of South India. He regularly performs in Texas and in other national venues. Jay was selected for the prestigious Texas Commission on the Arts’ 2014 Young Masters Grant and the Percussive Arts Society’s M&J Lishon/Franks Drums national scholarship in 2013. He was also recently selected for the coveted 2014 IndianRaga Fellowship, one of only 12 selected in North America.
Canadian cellist Mary Lena Bleile is currently a student of Andres Diaz at the Meadows School of the Arts. An alumna of Mount Royal University Conservatory’s Advanced Performance Program, she has performed as a soloist with multiple orchestras in Canada and America, including a tour through Germany, where she performed the C.P.E. Bach Cello Concerto in venues such as the Kleiner Golden Concert Hall. In addition to her performance career, Mary Lena is interested in music perception and cognition. She is currently working on a study that uses priming methods to explore the context-dependency and temporal dynamics of perceived dissonance and consonance. In her spare time she enjoys the works of Aquinas and is pursuing minors in psychology and philosophy.
Lea Hobbie is currently pursuing a degree in music therapy with a minor in psychology. Her academic interests lie in studying neuroscience, examining effects of music on the brain, and understanding the connection between music and emotion. Lea hopes to explore research related to effects of genre and tempo on human behavior and mood. In addition to her academic interests, Lea’s hobbies include reading, volunteering, and spending time in nature.
Grace Kuang is a music therapy and biology major at SMU, and she is a classically trained flutist and pianist. Her research interests involve the impacts of drumming in music therapy, multicultural interactions through music, and biofeedback through vibroacoustic stimulation. Grace's research has taken her to Jamaica and China, and she hopes to continue to study, learn, and experience various cultures.
Camille Van Dorpe is pursuing majors in finance and philosophy. She attended the Society for Music Perception and Cognition conference in San Diego in August 2017. Her interests include epiphenomenal qualia, music and emotion, the effects of distant intent in music listening, binaural beats, and brain-music interactions using EEG. Camille is currently developing research projects on the effects of distant intent and the characteristics of brain wave resonance to binaural beating patterns. In addition to her musical interests, she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and enjoys traveling, free-lance photography, and painting.
Caitlyn Etter graduated from SMU in 2018 with degrees in music therapy and psychology. She has clinical experience with music therapy in a multitude of settings, including memory care units, hospice care, adult outpatient oncology, children's hospitals, and inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric units. When she is not working on her skills as a music therapist or practicing her French horn, she is passionately involved in different music cognition experiments. Caitlyn is working on her own experiment to gain insight into the relationship between entrainment to music and musical preferences.
Jessica Pinkham is a performer, teacher, and researcher living in the Cincinnati area. Having received her M.M. in Horn Performance from SMU in 2016, she now plays horn with the Dayton Symphony Orchestra. Her research interests include the effects of music on temporal perception; orchestral marketing strategies; and timbre perception. Jessica has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute (College Park, MD), and the Queen City Chamber Opera (Cincinnati, OH). She was a participant in the 14th Biennial International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco. Jessica has taught private horn lessons and masterclasses in both Ohio and Texas. In her free time, Jessica enjoys writing, discovering new music, and spoiling her cat.