Missy Kyzer recently graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music & Culture from University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, she completed an undergraduate senior thesis which examined the history of early jazz in four distinct regions of Southern California: Downtown & South Los Angeles, Westside Los Angeles, Disneyland in Orange County, and San Diego.
As an aspiring music historian & musicologist, her main area of interest and study is early jazz history (from its origins to early bebop) with a particular focus on jazz in Chicago during the 1920s and early 1930s and early jazz in Southern California. Aside from jazz, Missy’s other areas of study include popular music styles of the 20th century through today, American folk music traditions, and art music of the early 20th century. She has been published twice in the 78rpm Collector’s Community’s bi-monthly magazine The Discographer and has been a guest host on the Pop Unmuted podcast.
As a vocalist of jazz, classical, and popular music, Missy has extensive experience in both choral and solo performance. She has been involved in various choirs throughout her school career, including holding a year-long position as the alto section leader for Mt. San Jacinto College’s Menifee Campus Singers. She has performed as a soloist at numerous choral concerts and student showcases, as well as for elderly residents at senior homes.
Her blog, The Melodic Word, is home to critical listening and to thoughts and observations about all aspects of music and music history, and includes music reviews, analyses, essays, playlists, and the like.
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