Alumni (Fellow)

Rachel Rome

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Hartford, Connecticut
B.M. City University of New York Queen's College (2007)
M.A. Mills College (2013)
Other (Graduate) San Jose State University (2017)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2019)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Rachel Devorah Wood Rome is a sonic artist and technologist whose works engage the poetics and politics of their specific context.

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, the Computer Music Center at Columbia University, Detroit Contemporary, the Granoff Center at Brown University, the International Horn Symposium, the International Society for Improvised Music Festival/Conference, the International SuperCollider Symposium, Music for People and Thingamajigs, the National Opera Center, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Omaha Under the Radar, Pioneer Works, The Stone, the Virginia Film Festival, and the Watermill Center, as well as abroad in Canada, China, Cuba, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway.

Her installation Revontulet at Sound and Music Computing 2017 won the Ruth Anderson Installation Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music, and she has received support from the Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation (Berlin), EMS (Stockholm), GRM (Paris), MassMoCA [U.S.], MoKS [Estonia], the New Museum (New York), New Music USA, røst [Norway], and STEIM (Amsterdam).

She has published writings on art and social power in Emergency Index, Feminist Media Histories, and parallax, and she was plenary speaker at Feminist Theory and Music 14. She defended her Music Composition and Computer Technologies dissertation “Resonant Sonic Specificity” on sonification for social justice in 2018.

She is an Assistant Professor of Electronic Production and Design - Creative Coding at the Berklee College of Music and an Artist Fellow at MIT’s OpenDocLab.

Thesis Description:

Resonant Sonic Specificity

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