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Susan Bay

Susan Bay is a PhD student in musicology, originally from St. Louis, MO. She completed a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in 2013 and a M.M. in Musicology from Northwestern University in 2016. After her undergraduate degree, she worked for a year at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in development. She was awarded a 2014–15 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Graduate Study Scholarship for musicological research in Dresden, Germany. Following her master’s degree, she was awarded an English Language Teaching Assistantship from Fulbright Austria for the 2016–2017 school year before entering the graduate program at UC Berkeley in Fall 2017.

Her research interests include experimental music, sound studies, sound art, anthropologies of sound, disciplinary history, conceptual art, ontological anthropology, philosophy of sound and music, and ASMR.

Papers Presented

“The Specter of Ideal Music in the Treatise on Musical Objects” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (Boston, 2019), the Royal Music Association Music and Philosophy Study Group Biennial Conference (London, 2019), and the Winter Meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the American Musicological Society (UCSF, 2019)

“Pseudo-Science and the Universal Subject: Sexuality, Sound, and ASMR” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northern California Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (NCCSEM) (UC Merced, 2019)

“Advice Fit for a King in ‘Rex Karole / Johannis genite’ ” presented at the Joint Meeting of the Northern California and Pacific-Southwest Chapters of the American Musicological Society. (Stanford, 2018)