Rex Bufalino '13
Hometown: Medford, OR
Comps Topic: Performance or paper.
Musical Interests: Violin, saxes, symphony, chamber ensembles, jamming, skanking.
Other Interests & Activities: Russian, ice hockey, going to concerts, movies.
Katie Neher '13
Hometown: Stevensville, MT (but I identify as a Missoulian)
Comps Topic: Some form of vocal performance.
Musical Interests: Orchestra (violin), a cappella (Nightshade), and various voice-related events.
Other Interests & Activities: Double major with English (and a possible MARS concentrator), also involved in social dance and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Alliance.
Matthew Rathkey '13
Hometown: Old Lyme, CT
Comps Topic: Paper: ("Riemann would not be pleased with my intonation").
Musical Interests: Piano, harpsichord, contact chamber music, choir, interpretive streaking, sight-singing.
Other Interests & Activities: Freestyle integration, movies, salsa dancing, slacklining, piano hurling.
Ethan Sagin '13
Hometown: Cumberland, MD
Comps Topic: Lecture/performance, maybe research paper.
Musical Interests: Singing. Lots. Carleton Choir and Carleton Singers.
Other Interests & Activities: Swim team, bowling club, D&D, sleeping, movies/TV/videogames, fueling the ongoing blood feud between me and my arch-nemesis Daniel Peck.
Nada Batu '14
Hometown: Hohhot, Inner Mongolia
Comps Topic: I will probably choose to do a performance comps, although I'm leaning towards an ethnomusicology paper comps as well.
Musical Interests: I play piano, violin, and sing. I've previously been with the Carleton Choir, Carleton Singers, various chamber groups, the Carleton Tango Band, and accompanied other musicians. I also am learning to play the Moron Khuur, a traditional Mongolian horse head instrument which is similar to a cello. Learning the accordion before my time at Carleton is over would also be fantastic.
Other Activities/Interests: Besides being a music major, I am also a biochemistry concentrator. When not busy with school work and extra curriculars, I love to run, read comics very seriously, hang out with my friends, and think of ways to be taller than my 5'2.5" self.
Julian Killough-Miller '14
Hometown: I hail from the lovely cow-town of Oakham MA.
Comps Topic: Composition is the most likely candidate for a comps topic, but it’s all on the table at this point.
Musical Interests: I started playing cello in third grade and I just can’t seem to quit. Since then I’ve also fell in love with the guitar and have flings with piano and sax on the side. I’m fascinated by classical, jazz, “classic” rock, and 60s-70s American R&B with the occasional foray into heavy metal. I like strumming guitars under trees or playing cello in orchestra or clanging incoherently on the piano late at night.
Other Interests & Activities: My extra-musical interests include pizza delivery, mountains, and being barefoot.
Julian Pozniak '14
Hometown: Madison, WI
Comps Topic: Modern and Postmodern Theoretical Approaches to Composition
Musical Interests: Aside from solo and choral singing, playing piano, conducting, composing, researching, and writing about music, I have some exceptionally unique tastes in music. I’m fascinated by early music and historically informed performance practice. On the completely opposite end of the spectrum, I’m very interested in music of the avant-garde and music’s role in the 20th and 21st centuries. Being a Political Science major as well as a Music major, I’m especially curious about Music and its use as a tool for political power and social control.
Other Interests & Activities: Beyond music, I like to study political theory and philosophy, Modernism and Postmodernism, and European History and Culture. I also have a knack for Theater, Cooking, and Gaming.
Curtis Vamarasi '14
Hometown: Evanston, IL
Comps Topic: ??... Something swingin'.
Musical Interests: Listening to anything, playing the piano/guitar/drums, singing a bit...
Other Interests & Activities: Sports (Football..), the Carleton Singing Knights.