2020 NEXT Music Capstones

NEXT Music Capstones are the culminating projects for graduating music majors. These capstones may take the form of a recital, thesis, composition, or any combination of items, but all require an academic research component as part of the Music B.A. curriculum.


Sheila Albertson

Beethoven and His Interpreters: A Study on Moonlight Sonata
By Sheila Albertson

Sheila Albertson’s (virtual) senior recital explores the history, influences, and interpretations surrounding Beethoven's momentous composition.

Watch Sheila’s Recital

View Sheila’s Program



9 Stories and a Basement: The Thurston Memorial

9 Stories and a Basement: The Thurston Memorial
By Andrew Hesbacher

This project shares the stories of Thurston Hall residents past and present as we remember and say goodbye to a place we call home.

Watch Andrew’s Video


Emily Dickinson

I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed: Settings and Analysis of Emily Dickinson’s Poetry
By Angela Lentini

Angela's Capstone explores the nature of Emily Dickinson's prosody, and how Dickinsonian linguistics converts to music

Read Angela's Thesis

See Angela's Song Cycle Score


The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey
By Steven Shi Xinglan

This ongoing project curates vocal works from diverse periods, traditions, and aesthetics to explore “the hero’s journey” as interpreted by a variety of composers.

Listen to Select Recordings from Steven’s project