Anna Nekola

Musicologist, Musician, Reedmaker

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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.

She is currently co-editing an anthology on media and sacred music. She is also working on a monograph 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 teaches a range of courses at Denison University in the Music, Communication, and Queer Studies programs. She also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.


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.

She is currently co-editing an anthology on media and sacred music. She is also working on a monograph 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 teaches a range of courses at Denison University in the Music, Communication, and Queer Studies programs. She also maintains an active career as an oboist and reedmaker, and has held positions with professional orchestras in Kansas and Wisconsin.