Jennifer Lynn Stoever is a third year doctoral student in the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her primary research areas include 20th century American literature and popular culture, African American and multicultural literatures, cultural studies, and popular music (rock, hip hop, jazz). She has given papers at the 3Cities Conference in Nottingham, England, and at the Western American Literature Conference in Houston, Texas. In the summer of 2004 she will be traveling to present work at the American Literature Association meeting in San Francisco and the “Feminism Contesting Globalization” Conference in Dublin, Ireland. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Ms. Stoever has received the Louise Kerckoff Prize for Outstanding Research in Gender Studies from USC and is currently working under the Anna Bing Arnold Fellowship. Her most recent works explore the interplay of whiteness, race, gender, and “multiculturalism” in pop-culture texts like the Lollapalooza concert franchise, Marie Claire magazine, and Jack Kerouac's On the Road. In addition to Resonance, she has published in E3W: A Review of Books and is awaiting the publication of her review essay, “Bad Reputation: Rock Studies Rethinks American Identity” in The Iowa Journal Of Cultural Studies (forthcoming Spring 2004).
Her dissertation is tentatively entitled “Soundscapes of Blackness: Listening and the African American Novel” and it will present a critical cultural history of aurality in the United States by exploring how sound imagery converges and conflicts with visuality throughout key African American novels of the twentieth century. “Soundscapes” argues for both the pertinence of race to thinking about sound and the relevance of sound to constructions of raced identities.
Flutist Joanna Sisk-Purvis is dedicated to bringing new music to wide audiences and exploring the vast sonic capabilities of the flute family. She is the founder and artistic director of the new music sextet L.A. Sound Circle. She has worked with numerous composers, and in 2002 she collaborated with six composers to create an entire concert of new works for flute, some of which have since won competitions and been heard on KUSC. She has won prizes in major competitions, including the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and in 2002-2003 was selected from over 600 nominees nationwide to receive the Mary L. Remy Endowed P.E.O. Scholarship for excellence in graduate studies. She expects to receive her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from USC this May, with minors in conducting and ethnomusicology. She holds a M.M. from Northwestern University and a B.M. from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has studied with Jim Walker, Walfrid Kujala, and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Joanna teaches throughout Los Angeles, and is the musical director and pianist for the Broadway Bound Players Youth Theatre.
Matthew Thomas is currently working on his Masters degree in Music History and Literature at the University of Southern California. His research interests include Islamic and Christian sacred music and jazz history. As an undergraduate at the University of California Riverside, Matthew developed an interest in German language, literature, and the music of the Lutheran church while studying abroad in Germany at Heinrich Heine Universität in Düsseldorf and at Georg August Universität in Göttingen. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Music with a German minor in the fall of 2002, earning upper division honors for his senior thesis entitled "Terrorism, Human Rights, and a Culture of Resistance: the Example of Chechnya." Matthew is also an active performer and composer, participating as a singer in the USC Concert choir and a jazz trumpet player in a USC jazz combo. He has composed pieces for large jazz ensemble, jazz combo, choir, and brass quintet. In addition to his musical studies, Matthew is also interested in US Foreign Policy and International Relations. This summer, he will be working as an intern with the US Department of State in Vienna.