Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Chris Merz


When I first started thinking about what I wished my Honors Thesis to entail, I had originally envisioned a research project in my major field, bioinformatics. It made the most academic sense and would have been an excellent opportunity to flex my scientific muscle before pursuing work in the outside world. But I was not excited by this plan. I did not feel a strong relationship with bioinformatics at the time, and I fretted about whether or not I would be able to produce something viable either because of lack of interest or my lack of faith in my knowledge. I was also experiencing a resurgence in my relationship with music at the time; although I had dropped my music major a few years earlier, I was still active in the jazz program, was playing gigs in the area pretty regularly, and had just formed a new and exciting band with a few of my fellow musicians.

Thus, I chose a creative project because I felt it was the best medium to display the growth I'd achieved at UNI. Although I still harbor interest in scientific studies, my relationship with music outshone my passion for bioinformatics, or philosophy, or ethics. I wanted to make a statement that expressed this relationship, and here was an opportunity to share with my friends and colleagues my passion for music. In retrospect, I may have been a bit headstrong; having little formal composition training, I leaned mostly on my skills as a performer. But I wanted to find something to bridge the gap between composition and performance, and this was a way to challenge myself.

Year of Submission



School of Music

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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