Anna Nekola

Musicologist, Musician, Reedmaker

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Anna Nekola earned her B.A. at St. Olaf College, her M.M. in oboe performance at Wichita State University where she studied with Emily Pailthorpe, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Broadly speaking, Anna researches music and culture, paying particular attention to musical epistemologies, disputes over musical taste and moral value, and questions about how music is embedded in systems of cultural power and politics. Recent work includes Congregational Music Making and Community in a Mediated Age (Ashgate, 2015), co-edited with Tom Wagner, and a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (2016). She is working on a monograph analyzing the disputes over worship music within contemporary American evangelical Christianity, and exploring how ideological and theological disputes are reconfigured as culture wars over the most appropriate musical style for organized worship services.

Anna teaches a range of courses at Denison University in the Music, Communication, and Queer Studies programs. She also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.

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Anna Nekola earned her B.A. at St. Olaf College, her M.M. in oboe performance at Wichita State University where she studied with Emily Pailthorpe, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Broadly speaking, Anna researches music and culture, paying particular attention to musical epistemologies, disputes over musical taste and moral value, and questions about how music is embedded in systems of cultural power and politics. Recent work includes Congregational Music Making and Community in a Mediated Age (Ashgate, 2015), co-edited with Tom Wagner, and a chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (2016). She is working on a monograph analyzing the disputes over worship music within contemporary American evangelical Christianity, and exploring how ideological and theological disputes are reconfigured as culture wars over the most appropriate musical style for organized worship services.

Anna teaches a range of courses at Denison University in the Music, Communication, and Queer Studies programs. She also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.