New Faces, New Ideas, New Faculty for 2018

Leslie (right) teaching students in her lab.

As the Fall semester of 2018 brings in a new class of first year students and graduate students, the School of Music also welcomes a number of new faculty to teach them. Each new member brings a tremendous amount of expertise and experience to the School that we are thrilled to share with our students.

Grace Leslie joins the School of Music and Center for Music Technology as an Assistant Professor. As a flutist, electronic musician, and scientist, her research focuses on developing brain-music interfaces and other physiological sensor systems that reveal and share aspects of her internal cognitive and affective state to an audience that goes beyond simply what can be seen or heard. She has performed this music in academic and popular music venues, conferences, and residencies in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Singapore, South Korea, China, and Japan. She has also released three albums of this mind-body music.

Grace recently completed a fellowship at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA, where she collaborated with the Neurology research team at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in the development of epilepsy therapies using electronic music and sound. Grace was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Media Lab, where she researched the link between cortical and physiological arousal, and developed new music interfaces that modulate this link to bring well-being.

Claire Arthur joins the School of Music and Center for Music Technology as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She received her PhD in music theory and cognition from Ohio State University, where she worked in David Huron’s cognitive and systematic musicology lab. Following that, she spend two years as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University working on the SIMSSA project.

Her research has largely focused on modeling musical structure from a statistical perspective, as well as examining the cognitive and behavioral correlates of those structures, especially as it relates to musical expectations or emotional responses.  Her research methodologies include both perceptual experiments as well as computational data analysis and music information retrieval.

Nat Condit-Schultz joins the School of Music as a Lecturer, and will be teaching classes in recording technology, rock/pop performance, and computational composition. He is a musician, composer, and scientist, specializing in the statistical modeling of musical structure. Nat completed his doctorate at Ohio State University, where he studied music psychology, computational musicology, and scientific methodology with David Huron.

His doctoral thesis involved the creation, curation, and analysis of a corpus of popular rap transcriptions: the Musical Corpus of Flow (rapscience.net)---research later published in Empirical Musicology Review. Nat has presented at numerous national and international conferences, both in the humanities (Society of Music Theory) and the sciences (Society for Music Perception and Cognition, International Conference on Music Information Retrieval). From 2016-2018, Nat worked on McGill University's Single Interface for Musical Score Search and Analysis project, developing tools for the analysis of digital scores.

Hibbard(center) playing saxophone with his band, the Mace Hibbard Quintet.

Mace Hibbard joins the School of Music as a Jazz ensemble director. He is one of the most sought-after saxophonists in the southeast. In addition to his own band, The Mace Hibbard Quintet, he has shared the stage with Quincy Jones, The Derek Trucks Band, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Yonrico Scott Band, Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Jamie Cullum, Arturo Sandoval, James Moody, the Austin Symphony, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The O’Jays, and many others.  In 2010, Mace became a Grammy winner as the saxophonist and horn arranger on The Derek Trucks Band's album, "Already Free." 

Dr. Nathan Frank is excited to be joining the School of Music as the ensemble director for the Georgia Tech Chorale.  Currently, he is the Director of Music and Fine Arts at Johns Creek United Methodist Church and the artistic director of the 80-voice Johns Creek Chorale.  Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, he served as faculty at LaGrange College, Pacific Lutheran University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and his alma mater University of North Texas.

Astrid Bin joins the School of Music as a postdoctoral fellow. She is an artist, designer and technologist. Her undergraduate and masters degrees (OCAD University and University of Ulster) were in sculpture and time-based art, and her PhD (Queen Mary University of London) explored error in musical performance through experiments using her own hand-crafted instruments. She is particularly interested in real-time audio and sensor processing, making new musical instruments, audience perception of performance, tangible interaction, the meaning of error in artmaking, the language of materials, and physical design for musical applications.