Allison Chu is a PhD student in Music History. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance (2019) and a Bachelor of Arts in English (2019) from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she worked with the UM Gershwin Initiative as an Editorial Assistant and conducted research into George Gershwin’s Blue Monday through a grant from the UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance EXCEL program. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century opera as the basis for contemporary opera, stage works, race and reception on stage, and intersections of language and music. Allison also enjoys recreational reading, traveling, and playing chamber music.