Elsa Marshall (University of Sheffield)
Elsa Marshall is a PhD Music candidate at the University of Sheffield, supervised by Prof. Nicola Dibben and Prof. Jonathan Rayner. Her dissertation combines archival research and audiovisual analysis to trace the business and craft behind cinematic integration in the 1954 MGM musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She holds a Doctoral Academy Award from the University of Sheffield, and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. She has contributed to online publications for IASPM-US and the Society of American Music. She has also presented on the relationship between music and narrative in film musicals, silent film, and concept albums at conferences of the Royal Musical Association; IASPM Canada; Song, Stage, and Screen; and Music and the Moving Image.
David Cotter (University of Cambridge)
David Cotter is a guitarist and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor John Rink. His thesis is entitled 'The Collaborative Guitar' and his research explores co-performer creativity, and the past, present, and future of the guitar as a collaborative instrument. He has given lecture-recitals (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; University of Aveiro, Portugal; University of Cambridge, UK), delivered papers (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK; Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre; Middlesex University, UK; National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, UK; Orpheus Institute, Belgium; Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences; University of Dundee, UK), co-organised a conference (The Classical Musician in the 21st Century conference, University of Cambridge, UK), and built self-playing guitar robots (RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, University of Oslo, Norway).
Melissa Morton (University of Edinburgh)
Melissa is a PhD student in Music at the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research focusses on the branding of UK television channels, examining the collaborations between groups of creatives—in particular, composers and graphic designers. She previously studied Music for her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Oxford.