Alexis VanZalen is a candidate for the PhD in Musicology at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. Alexis has long been interested in historical keyboard music, both as a scholar and performer. In previous work, she has discussed, among other things, Dieterich Buxtehude’s self-fashioning through his organ praeludia, as well as representations of colonial power in Quinault and Lully’s first opera, Cadmus et Hermione. Her dissertation explores the influence of the French Catholic Reformation on the musical style and publication of French baroque organ music. Alexis has presented papers at conferences such as the annual meetings of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music and the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music. She has also studied organ and harpsichord with Edoardo Bellotti, Anne Laver, and Kathrine Handford, as well as baroque performance practice with Paul O’Dette and Christel Thielmann. Previous degrees include an MM in Early Music (2017) and an MA in Musicology (2015) from Eastman, as well as a BA in History and a BM in Organ Performance from Lawrence University (2013, summa cum laude).