Rachel Rome

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Hartford, Connecticut
B.M. CUNY Queens College (2007)
M.A. Mills College (2013)
Other (Graduate) San José State University (2017)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Rachel Devorah Wood Rome is a Boston-based sonic artist and feminist technologist whose works engage the poetics of their specific context. She earned her Ph.D. in music composition and computer technologies from the University of Virginia in May, 2018. Her work has been heard in the U.S. at Art in Odd Places, The William Benton Museum of Art, the California Electronic Music Exchange, Detroit Contemporary, the Granoff Center at Brown University, the International Horn Symposium, the International SuperCollider Symposium, Music for People and Thingamajigs, the National Opera Center, Omaha Under the Radar, Pioneer Works, The Stone, the Virginia Film Festival, and the Watermill Center, as well as abroad in Canada, China, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Ghana, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway. Rachel has published writings on art and social power in parallax, Feminist Media Histories, and Emergency Index and she was plenary speaker at Feminist Theory and Music 2017. Her 2017 installation Revontulet won the Ruth Anderson Installation Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music, and she has received support from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA), New Music USA, the New Museum, EMS (stockholm), GRM (paris), MoKS [Estonia], STEIM (amsterdam), røst [Norway]. Rachel earned her M.A. in composition from Mills College, her M.LIS with a focus on digital media from San José State University, and her B.Mus. in horn performance from the City University of New York. She is an Artist Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the 2018-2019 Adrian Piper Foundation Berlin Fellow.

Thesis Description:

Resonant Sonic Specificity

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