Katherine Balch, Tufts University, New England Conservatory
Katherine Balch is entering her final year of the Tufts University/ New England Conservatory (NEC) of Music double degree program where she is double majoring in history and political science, and is particularly interested in the intersection between art, philosophy, and politics. She is the recipient of the Russell E. Miller prize in history, the Albert H. Imlah prize in history, and a Summer Scholars grant from Tufts for her work on J.J. Rousseau, F. Nietzsche, and G.W.F. Hegel. She enjoys being a Teacher’s Assistant for Tufts’ Western Political Thought courses. At NEC, Katherine studies music composition with Kati Agócs, and directs NEC’s student composer’s concert series. Katherine will co-author a paper on Rousseau and Montesquieu with Professor Vicki Sullivan at Tufts, and will participate as a composition fellow at Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival this summer. As a non-Jewish participant with a deep love for and interest in Jewish culture and religion, she is very excited to be a part of Tikvah’s summer seminar!