Interim Associate Professor
Musicology, Percussion

Kerry O'Brien



Kerry O’Brien is a musicologist and percussionist, specializing in experimental music, minimalism, and countercultural spirituality. She has taught at Yale University, the University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts. O'Brien has recently presented her work at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Minimalist Music, the New Music Gathering, and the 2018 symposium, "After Experimental 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, NewMusicBox, the Chicago Reader, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, and the 2019 edited collection Rethinking Reich.


PhD, Musicology
Indiana University

MA, Musicology
Indiana University

BM, Percussion Performance
Northern Illinois University