Alyssa Cottle


Alyssa Cottle is interested in musical modernisms and experimentalisms in the Americas in the 20th century. In 2015, Alyssa graduated magna cum laude from Occidental College with a B.A. in Music. At Occidental, she performed in several ensembles as a jazz saxophonist. Her senior honors thesis considered John Cage’s concept of “music of contingency,” and Cage’s ideas and attitudes towards improvisation.With a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, she spent nine months living in Argentina, conducting research on Alberto Ginastera and his role as the director of the Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales (CLAEM). Alyssa’s research has also been supported by grants from the Northwestern University Library and the W.M. Keck Foundation, and she has presented her findings at the University of Oxford, the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, and Occidental College in Los Angeles.