Current Majors


 Nada Batu

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 

Julian Killough-Miller '14

Hometown: Oakham, MA
Comps Topic: Mahler Scholar
Musical Interests: Late Romantic German Music, heavy stuff by Russians, French Impressionists, Jazz, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, 60s-70s American R&B, Metal. I play cello, guitar, sax, charango, and sort of piano.
Other Interests & Activities:
Running, hiking, drinking coffee, art museums.


Julian Pozniak 

Julian Pozniak '14 (Double Major with Political Science)

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 

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.



Christopher Bickel 

Christopher Bickel '15

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Comps Topic: 15-minute composition in 3 parts inspired by Freud with an olfactory element.
Musical Interests: I have played the Bb clarinet for 10 years, the A for 3, Bass for 4, and the Eb for 3. I play in Carleton ensembles every year as well as take lessons with the clarinet. I am particularly fond of the music and art made in and around the Modern Era (~1890 to ~1930). I’m interested in classically inspired alternative bands, such as, The Dirty Projectors, Arcade Fire, and Tuneyards. Otherwise, my interests lie in the integration of olfactive components to musical compositions.
Other Interests & Activities:
   I am very interested in perfumery and the process of olfaction and how it imparts emotional depth to any given scene, interested in it enough to aspire to become a perfumer. I also love TV shows such as Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Strangers With Candy, etc.

Stella Fritzell 

Stella Fritzell '15 (Double Major with Classical Studies)

Hometown: Ames, IA
Comps Topic:
Possibilities include composition or a theory/history paper.
Musical Interests:
My first instrument was the cello, but I stopped playing when my mother told me that I had to pick two of the three musical offerings at our elementary school – I ultimately chose band and choir. Currently I play trombone in the Carleton Orchestra and occasionally in the Carleton Symphonic Band. In addition to trombone performance, my musical interests include ancient and medieval music, and ethnomusicology.
Other Interests & Activities:
My other interests/activities include: Swim Team, Equestrian Club, Women’s Ice-Hockey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Alliance, ancient military history, foreign languages, theater, failing at video games, and sleeping. I dislike warm laundry, quilted paper towels, and socks.


Matt Jorizzo 

Matt Jorizzo '15

Hometown: Medford, OR
Comps Topic: Undecided
Musical Interests: While I'm primarily a bass player, I like playing anything that has strings.  I grew up on rock and folk music, but have expanded into jazz, R&B, and classical music (especially the Russian stuff). I enjoy grooving, jamming, and listening.
Other Interests & Activities: Science, journalism, photography, farming, and cooking.


Joe Soonthornsawad 

Joe Soonthornsawad '15 (Double Major with Sociology & Anthropology)

Hometown: West Chester, Ohio
Comps Topic: Considering an ethnomusicology paper
Musical Interests: jazz piano, jazz studies, ethnomusicology, lots of listening and concert-going,  
Other Interests & Activities: Sociology & Anthropology, tennis, squash, KRLX, keeping up with countless TV shows.


Will Sturman 

Will Sturman '15

Hometown: Most recently, Irvine, California
Comps Topic: Almost certainly paper.
Musical Interests: Oboe, singing, folk music, filk music, wind band music, video game music, film music, various pop sorts of things, and not practicing or making reeds.
Other Interests & Activities: Sewing. A lot. Too much. Costumes, mostly. Mostly for other people. Seriously, if anybody wants a cloak or a corset or a Batsuit or a dress for Winter Formal based on a Disney princess, let me know. Also, computer games, Assassins, D&D, karate, cats, and superhero angst.