Katelyn Rose Hearfield


Seventh Year Graduate Student in Musicology

Room 103, Lerner Music Building

My research explores how popular music responds to and develops out of traumatic events, with a focus on twenty-first century popular music and gender and sexuality. My dissertation focuses on live musicmaking that followed the 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing, using historical and ethnographic methodologies to consider performance as a means of collaboratively constructing intimacies among performers, audiences, media, and producers, thereby opening up possibilities for public, private, and virtual processing of individual and collective trauma. Beyond the dissertation, I have written about artists including Kesha, Lady Gaga, and the Dixie Chicks, and topics such as social media, fandom, music video, country music, popular music of World War II, the popular music industry, and opera.

It is important to me to be involved on campus outside of my own academic pursuits. I continue to perform with Rodin Opera Scenes, Baroque Opera scenes, and Baroque Recorder Ensemble. I frequently guest lecture in the Music in Urban Spaces program, an academically based service learning course for undergraduates. I am proud to serve on the board for the Penn First Graduate Association, which serves first-generation and low-income graduate students. I have represented the Music Department to the School of Arts and Sciences student government for two years as a member of the SASgov Policy Committee. In the past, I worked as a Graduate Associate for the Music and Social Change residential program in Fisher Hassenfeld College House and served as staff team leader.

I hold a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Geneseo.