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Instructor of Musicology and Percussion

Kerry O'Brien



Kerry O’Brien is a musicologist and percussionist who specializes in experimental music, minimalism, and countercultural spirituality. She has taught at Yale University, Indiana University, and is affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. O'Brien has recently presented her work at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Minimalist Music, and the Society for American Music.

With research supported by a Presser Foundation Music Award, a Paul Sacher Stiftung Research Grant, a Getty Research Library Grant, and an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women, O'Brien's writings have appeared in the Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, Tempo, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, and the edited collection Rethinking Reich. Her book On Minimalism: Documenting a Musical Movement, co-edited with William Robin, is forthcoming with University of California Press.


PhD, Musicology
Indiana University

MA, Musicology
Indiana University

BM, Percussion Performance
Northern Illinois University