Congratulations to Shanti Nachtergaele, a second-year graduate student in the M.A. Theory and History degree program, who has received the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award in Fine Arts and Humanities from the Graduate School. Her thesis, “Extemporaneous Bass Line Reduction in Historical Double Bass Playing,” was advised by faculty member Mark Ferraguto.
Shanti was awarded a Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Summer Residency in summer 2016. She has presented her research in the United States and the Czech Republic, and will present at the 2017 McGill Music Graduate Symposium (Canada) in March 2017. In addition, she was selected by audition to participate in the Tafelmusik Winter Institute, an intensive course in orchestral performance on period instruments. She was the 2014 winner of the International Society of Bassists Research Competition (student division) and the 2015 winner of the Young Scholar Award at the Utrecht Early Music Festival STIMU Symposium.
The daughter of Marijke Devos and Bruno Nachtergaele, Shanti is originally from Davis, California. She received her bachelor’s degree in performance from Shenandoah University (summa cum laude), and a master’s degree in early music from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands). At Penn State, she serves as president of the Penn State Society of Music Theory and Musicology and treasurer of the Penn State Society of Bassists. A bass student of Robert Nairn, she participates in the Baroque Ensemble.
After graduation, Shanti intends to pursue a Ph.D. in musicology.