Taylor McClaskie is a PhD Candidate in musicology. Her work centers on ideas of music, sound, and environmentalism in the 20th and 21st centuries. Taylor is currently completing a dissertation entitled, “Listening Deeply: Music, Sound, and Deep Ecology in 1980s North America” where she explores the ways in works by Pauline Oliveros, Philip Glass, and popular New Age artists engage with and reflect eco-spiritual movements of the late 20th century.
Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2021 Mellon Teaching Fellowship at the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, a 2020 Graduate Affiliateship at the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, a 2020 CWRU Colleges of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and a 2019 CWRU Library of Congress Fellowship. Taylor has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences, including the American Musicology Society and the Society for American Music.
Currently the student representative of the AMS Allegheny Chapter, Taylor has also served as the President of the CWRU Music Graduate Student Association, and has managed publicity and outreach for the Case musicology department. Additionally, she acted as editor of Music Research Forum, an internationally distributed music journal published by The University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.
When Taylor is not doing musicology she is an assistant at the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections & Archives where she aids visiting researchers, works with Cleveland-based arts and performance collections, and writes blog posts highlighting Special Collection gems.