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Kristen Bellisario
PhD position
195 Masteller Street
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University
email: kbellisa@purdue.edu

Curriculum Vitae


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To engage in research that intersects human interactions and musical origins with ecology and ecological disturbances, particularly relating to biodiversity and bioacoustics


To broaden understanding of soundscape indices and expand repertoire with intervallic relationships and other sound profile nuances


To generate a soundscape analysis technique that merges modern music analysis tools with ecology


To study remote-sensing and GIS mapping technologies and its impact on ecological disturbances in the soundscape arena



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2014 – Ph.D. Candidate, Research Assistant – Human-Environment Modeling & Analysis Facility, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University


1998 – MFA, Regent Fellow – University of California, Irvine


1996 – B Mus, magna cum laude – California State University, Long Beach (Cole Conservatory)


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2012-2013 - Technical Director and Co-Editor: MJ Publishing Interactive modules: Vhaya Kadhimba, Ake Tonu, Juan Pirulero, Harry Mandela Tribute, and Learn About Appalachia


2008-2010 - Technical Director and Asst. Editor: Music and Culture of Mongolia, Music and Culture of Kyrgyzstan, Music and Culture of Azerbaijan, and Music and Culture of Appalachia (funded in part by the US Department of Education)


2006-2009 – Mj Publishing: Multimedia Developer. Established new interface for product line produced and distributed by McGraw-Hill to K-12 schools nationally.


1998 – University of California, Irvine: MFA Thesis (George Crumb Recital & Analysis).


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2014 – Purdue University, FNR Symposium: Poster Presentation – Time-series MODIS-NDVI and Cropland Data Layers in the Midwest: Phenological Relationships in Corn


2014 - Sound Science Environment 2014, Penn State: Music and Soundscape Intersections


2013 – Global Sustainable Soundscape Workshop, AZ: Using Music Analysis in Soundscapes


2012 – Global Sustainable Soundscape Workshop, WI: Poster Presentation – Community Mapping


2010 – Indiana University. Teaching and Learning Workshop: summer course development



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2002-2013 – Indiana University, Bloomington, Jacobs School of Music: Music and Multimedia


2001 – Oakland City College, Bedford


1998 – University of California, Irvine, TA


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2006-2013 – Staff Liaison, Board Member, Musical Arts Youth Orchestra


2010 – Special Projects Director, IUPUI School of Science


2005-2006 – Executive Director, New World Youth Orchestras, Indianapolis, IN


2003-2006 – Faculty Sponsor, Individualized Major Program, Indiana University, Bloomington


2002-2003 – VISTA Volunteer, Americorps: Area 10 Agency on Aging – Arts & Humanities


2000 – Founder, Southern Indiana Youth Symphony, Inc.


1999-2001- Education Director, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington, IN


1996-1999 – Executive Director, Four Seasons Symphony, Irvine, CA


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Software - Adobe Creative Suite, MX Director, Raiser’s Edge, FundMaster, DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack, Final Cut, Motion, Pulp Motion, beta tester for Digital Publishing Suite for Adobe InDesign, multi-track recording and soundtrack creation, Zoho platform for non-profit centralized office systems, Dreamweaver and online website providers, basic programming in Director, Flash, HTML, Sonic Visualiser


Performer - flutist, vocalist, symphony, pit orchestra, woodwind chamber ensembles, conductor


Educator – developed university and primary school curriculum; produced manuals for volunteers, educators, and staff


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2014 – Purdue Soundscape Team: Wells, Maine Estuary Reserve – SM2+ site deployment


2014 – Purdue Soundscape Team: Perkins School for the Blind – SM2+ and sound ecology seminars for students


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Indiana University, Podcast Innovators Award


Indiana Arts Commission: Individual Artist Award Designer (Quadrivium, multimedia soundscape artist)


Indiana Arts Commission & National Endowment for the Arts: Individual Artist Award Performer (performance series)


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