Amanda Daly ’03. PhD Student in Ethnomusicology, Boston University; Singer. Amanda was the first independent Ethnomusicology major to graduate from Wheaton, a subject to which she was first introduced by Prof. Allen. At Wheaton she also minored in German, studied voice and piano, and was a member of the Wheaton World Music Ensemble, Jazz Band, Chorale and Chamber Singers. She received her M.A. from Brandeis University in 2007 in Coexistence and Conflict, focusing on arts and peacebuilding and she also wrote on post-Katrina dialogue and the Somali-Bantu community in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine.
Her research interests include music and conflict on both ends of the spectrum, from war to peace. Specifically, she is interested in examining the topic of music torture – how music is used as a weapon and its socio-political, neuroscientific, physiological and psychological meanings and effects. Amanda studies Cape Breton music and its diaspora, music of Boston/New England, music therapy, medical ethnomusicology, music education, music and sports, particularly music and baseball, and music and neuroscience. She is an active vocal soloist, having performed thrice at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox. Amanda has been a member of the New England Conservatory Youth Chorale, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Pops Holiday Chorus and Boston Pops Gospel Chorus. In her free time she plays violin (both classical and Cape Breton fiddle) and piano and studies languages.