Anna E. Nekola
Anna Nekola earned her B.A. at St. Olaf College, her M.M. in oboe performance at Wichita State University where she studied with Emily Pailthorpe, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Her ongoing research centers on disputes over the moral and cultural value of popular musics, and she recently co-authored the article "Cultural Policy in American Music History: Sammy Davis, Jr., vs. Juvenile Delinquency" which appeared in the February 2010 Journal of the Society of American Music. She also authored a chapter, "U.S. Evangelicals and the Redefinition of Worship Music," in the anthology Mediating Faiths: Religion, Media and Popular Culture (Ashgate, 2011).
She is currently working on a book analyzing the disputes over worship music within contemporary American evangelical Christianity, and exploring how ideological and theological disputes are reconfigured as culture wars over the most appropriate musical style for organized worship services.
Anna also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.