f i o n a composes, improvises, and performs to explore extended vocal possibilities and discover new sonic realms influenced by the beauty and complexity of nature and its symbiosis with humanity. A Denver, Colorado native, f i o n a, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middlebury College in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Music. Additionally, she has studied music computing at Goldsmiths College, University of London and Berklee College of Music, Valencia. f i o n a is a 2019-2020 recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and embarked on her Watson year titled Intersections of Technology and Human Vocal Continuity in August 2019.
At Middlebury, f i o n a was Teaching Assistant to Professor Peter Hamlin’s Electronic Music Class, Research Assistant to Professor Christopher Andrews’ Middlebury College Computer Science Department’s Analytic Arts Lab, lead singer for the Middlebury College Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble, and treasurer and organizer of Middlebury’s all arts festival, Nocturne. In July 2017, f i o n a was awarded a Women in Computer Music Scholarship from the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University to study Formalized Score Control using Python and the Abjad API.
f i o n a composes using Ableton Live and Max MSP at the intersection of music and technology to discover a deeper understanding of the evolving relationship between the human singing voice and the computer.