- Music Theory
- 128 Music Building
Originally from Laurel, Maryland, Dr. Karen Messina has surely lived in North Carolina long enough now to be considered a native. A collector of degrees that reflect her diverse interests in music, she holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Elon University, an MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MM in Music Theory from our very own UNCG, and an MA and PhD in Musicology from Duke University. Dr. Messina’s dissertation, titled “Dramatic Impulse: Diegetic Music in the Operas of Giacomo Puccini,” examines the presence of Classical forms within Puccini’s late Romantic idiom as a marker of fictionally composed or diegetic music. In addition to opera, her research interests include film music, musical representations of fairy tales, pedagogy, and just about everything pertaining to music theory…but especially form. Fascinated by the space between the two disciplines, Dr. Messina has presented at regional and national conferences for the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society. As a performer, she has had the distinct pleasure of appearing on stage as Countess Almaviva (Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro), Lady Billows (Britten, Albert Herring), the Mother (Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Donna Anna (Mozart, Don Giovanni), as well as with various church choirs and choral ensembles.