Music & Politics in the Moment is run by graduate students in the musicology and music theory departments at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.

Michaela Franzen
Anna Rose Nelson

About our Team:

Anna Rose Nelson:

Anna Rose Nelson (she/her/hers) is a PhD student in the music theory department at the University of Michigan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theory/Composition from St. Olaf College (2012) and a master’s degree in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (2015). In her dissertation, “Fragment, Miniatures & Microludes: Analyzing the Modernist Aphoristic Aesthetic,” she examines what she calls the “modernist aphoristic aesthetic” as it related to Brian Ferneyhough’s “fragment forms”, György Kurtág’s “microludes,” Luigi Nono’s “fragments,” and Anton Webern’s “miniatures” through sketch study, musical and terminological analysis, and a constellation of related concepts culled from the writings of Theodor W. Adorno. More generally, she studies music theoretical terminology, modernist music (particularly string quartets), grunge and psychedelic rock aesthetics and history, and critical theory. In her free time, Anna enjoys working as a steward for the campus graduate-student union (GEO 3550), serving on the editorial board of SMT-Pod, and playing viola in contemporary music ensembles.

Michaela Franzen:

Michaela Franzen (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at the University of Michigan. She completed her undergraduate work at Oakland University, receiving degrees in music education and vocal performance. Her research interests include twentieth-century Russian music, music and migration, and sound studies, and she has presented her work at international conferences. Her dissertation examines Sergei Prokofiev’s émigré period, rejecting former narratives of an “inevitable” Soviet return and querying the role of his Parisian context in his personal and compositional transformation, and the extent to which he found professional success in the period. Michaela is a DEI ambassador at the University of Michigan, leading an anti-racism reading group among other DEI initiatives. In her free time, she loves to cook, swim, and spend time with her feisty puppy Rey.