AES New York 2019 Presenter or Author

Teresa Marrin Nakra

Teresa Marrin Nakra

Primary Affiliation: The College of New Jersey - Trenton, NJ, USA
Secondary Affiliation: Immersion Music, Inc.

By the age of 22, Teresa Marrin Nakra conducted three fully-staged opera productions and founded a conductor training orchestra for students. She earned an A.B. in Music, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1992, and subsequently traveled to India for a post-graduate, year-long cultural immersion experience on a Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. Teresa then undertook graduate work at the MIT Media Lab, where she earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and served as a Research Assistant on fellowships from IBM, Motorola, and Interval Research. While at MIT, she worked closely with Tod Machover, Rosalind Picard, Marvin Minsky, and John Harbison, and made important contributions on the Brain Opera, Digital Baton, and Conductor’s Jacket projects. She also served as a musical coach to Penn & Teller in preparation for the 1995 premiere of Tod Machover’s mini-opera, Media/Medium.

Teresa now serves as Associate Professor of Music & Interactive Multimedia at The College of New Jersey, where she has taught for the past twelve years. Recognized internationally as an expert in music technology, Teresa has made important research contributions in the study of musical expression and gesture through quantitative analyses of conductors and the application of this information to real-time music systems. She has presented her work twice in concert with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, and undertook a large-scale experiment with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2006. Since 2003, she has built several interactive conducting systems for the public to experience in museums and concert halls. She founded and runs a nonprofit music technology production company called Immersion Music. Teresa’s work has been profiled in venues including the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Times, CNN Headline News, BBC World Service, and the Associated Press.

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Session List

Oct 17: EI04: Embedded Computing and Instrument Design (Panelist)

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