HANNAH McDERMOTT is dedicated to the intersection of scholarship and art. She recently received a Master of Philosophy with distinction from the University of Oxford. At Oxford her research centered around the factors that drive individual musical taste and consumption. Her final thesis concerned live music and social-bonding in gentrifying neighborhoods in New York City. Hannah also has a background in performance. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School with a focus in vocal performance. Some of her favorite projects while at Juilliard included participating in The New York Festival of Song, and playing Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief. Her interest in performance continued at Oxford, where she sang with the Oxford University Philharmonic, and performed the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Eurydice in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Corridor. Hannah is excited to merge her experience both as a performer and researcher in order to further ALT’s mission of supporting and inspiring new operas.