Emory University Music Student of the Month
Mallory Carnes, Class of 2018
Mallory Carnes is a senior at Emory, where she is double majoring in music and Chinese language and literature. She began playing viola at age eleven, studying first with Jan Daugherty and currently with Yinzi Kong. During high school, she participated in the North Carolina All-State Orchestra program, the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the North Carolina Governor’s School for Instrumental Music, and she was a winner of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics 2014 Concerto Competition. At Emory, Carnes is an active member of the Emory University Chamber Music program and she manages the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. She is also a two-time finalist in the Emory Concerto and Aria Competition. While studying abroad in Beijing in 2016, she had the opportunity to play viola in the Peking University Symphony Orchestra, which won first prize in the Tsinghua University Orchestra Competition. Most recently, Mallory spent Summer 2017 at the Brevard Music Center and is excited to return again in 2018 as an RA.
Outside of performance, Carnes has developed an interest in ethnomusicology and she recently received highest honors for her senior honors thesis about the construction of gender identity in Mandarin-language popular music under the advisement of Meredith Schweig. With the assistance of the Beinecke Scholarship and the Emory University Shepard Scholarship, Carnes will pursue a master of music degree in viola performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music beginning in Fall 2018. Following her MM, she will also pursue a PhD in ethnomusicology, focusing on the intersections of politics, gender, and ritual in Chinese popular music and Mandarin-language Protestant hymnody.