Congratulations to Austin Nikirk who finished up the first portion of her Kolbe Fellowship at Gettysburg College last week. Over the Summer, she was housed at the college to conduct research on the art song of one of the first American female composers to be performed by major ensembles, Amy Beach. During that time, she met with her mentor, Dr. William O'Hara, on a weekly basis, working together to formulate a plan for her research. Last week, after months of in-depth harmonic, formal, and poetic analyses of seven of Beach's art songs, and even a trip to the University of New Hampshire's library to study Beach's original scores, Austin presented on her topic in culmination of the first part of her research. She plans to continue researching leading up to a lecture-recital she plans to give in the Spring of 2019. To read more about her research, find her Kolbe Summer '18 Fellows profile by clicking the button below!