Sean Colonna

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Sean Colonna is a PhD student in historical musicology. Prior to starting his graduate studies, he spent two years working as a music teacher with Teach for America in addition to receiving a Fulbright scholarship to work as an English teacher for one year. His research interests include music in conjunction with: consciousness studies, phenomenology, post-structuralism, history of medicine, and the history of drugs. His dissertation focuses on tracing the relationship between music, drugs, and consciousness at different moments in Western musical history. He recently presented a conference paper to the AMS entitled "Sonic Phenomenology in Duke Ellington's Daybreak Express."