Mike Ford

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Mike Ford completed his BMus in orchestral conducting at the University of Pretoria in 2012 and moved to New York in 2014 to pursue an MA in musicology at Rutgers University, completed in 2016. His work often employs methodologies from a variety of fields and his main research interests include 20th and 21st century music, intertextuality, musical borrowing, semiotics, and psychoanalysis. Mike is actively involved in the academic spaces of both the United States and his native South Africa, and has presented papers at regional, national, and international conferences. His research has been published in European journal Musicologica Olomucensia and Afrikaans online journal LitNet Akademies: 'n Joernaal vir Geesteswetenskappe, and he is a contributing editor of the first volume of the Vladimir Drozdoff Publication Project (forthcoming). In addition to various university scholarships and grants, Mike’s studies have also been supported generously by the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust. During his time at Rutgers University, Mike served as secretary for the Rutgers University Musicological Society, where he was also the vice-chair of the conference committee, and represented the university on the Lincoln Center Student Advisory Council.

Degrees from Other Institutions: 
Performing Arts (Orchestral Conducting)
University of Pretoria
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey