Originally from Texas and The Netherlands, Stephanie Frakes holds degrees in piano performance from Rice, piano accompanying from University of Akron, and musicology from Ohio State, where she began studying in 2004. Having finished the Master's degree in 2007, she is currently exploring the first records of the cantabile aria in the 1720s, and the ensuing stylistic and aesthetic development over the course of the eighteenth century. In order to investigate more thoroughly the pianistic pinnacle of cantabile in the early nineteenth-century music of Chopin and his contemporaries, she hopes to conduct research at the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris next year.
Joe Plazak is a graduate student studying music cognition and systematic musicology at The Ohio State University under the mentorship of Dr. David Huron. His research interests include "the perception of musical size" and "intense emotional experiences with music." In addition to working in OSU's Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory, he also instructs undergraduate courses in music theory. He was trained as both a musician and a psychologist at Elmhurst College with guidance from Prof. Steve Suvada and Dr. Helga Noice. This interdisciplinary background is evident in his scientific approach to music theory.
Kimberly Veenstra is in her third year of doctoral studies in music theory at The Ohio State University, where she teaches undergraduate theory and aural skills courses as a Graduate Teaching Associate. She currently holds a BA in music theory and composition from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and a MM in music theory from Michigan State University (Lansing, Michigan). Kimberly is the recipient of the 1996 Anne Noordeloos Keyboard Award from Calvin College and the recipient of an Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associates in 2008 from The Ohio State University. Her essay, "Paul Ben-Haim: Father of Modern Israeli Music," won first prize in the 2008 Roth Memorial Fund Essay Contest from the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University. Kimberly's other professional interests include teaching private piano lessons and accompanying choral ensembles. Kimberly plans to graduate with a PhD in June 2008; Her dissertation research will focus on the use of the nine-step scale in the works of Alexander Tcherepnin and various other composers from the late 19th century to the present. Kimberly is married to Matthew Veenstra and has two daughters.
Youngstown, Ohio native Brandon Paul is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and a Minor in Cognitive Science at The Ohio State University. Studying under Gregory Proctor, Paul's research interests include 20th century contemporary Finnish music, the infinity series of Per Nørgård, visuospatial aspects of theory and composition, music perception and cognition, and popular music analysis. Paul currently plays drums and percussion and is a principal songwriter for several Columbus area bands under the consortium of Cap City Pocket.