About the Author

Alice Berry (originally from Tucson, Arizona) attends Bryn Mawr College, where she studies anthropology with a concentration in gender and sexuality as a member of the class of 2019. She is also a music major at Haverford College and plans to complete her senior thesis in vocal performance. While interning at Haverford Quaker & Special Collections in summer 2018 she processed and researched the Steven Gerber papers. Having just finished a Haverford class on twentieth and twenty-first century music, Alice enjoyed the project because she got to take a closer look at the methods and processes of a composer during this time period. Many of the works she studied in class were among Gerber’s own collection of scores, including a song cycle by Aaron Copland Alice had researched and performed for the final class project just weeks before beginning the internship. As a singer, Alice is always tasked with interpreting and performing music, which means she is often removed from the compositional side of it. Working with and researching the collection allowed her to participate in a different area of music and gave her greater musical knowledge to bring into her own studies.