Joe Cadagin was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan but spent the first three years of his life in Hiroshima, Japan. After his family moved back to the United States, Joe grew up in the small town of Milan, Michigan outside of Ann Arbor. A keen interest in piano and opera led Joe to study musicology at the University of Michigan, where he is currently a senior.
In addition to MusicalCriticism.com, Joe has written for The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s print newspaper. In 2011, Joe served as the Daily’s Fine Arts Editor. That year, he began a summer internship at Opera News magazine in New York.
In 2012, Joe spent sixth months studying abroad at the University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College. While abroad, he continued to work for Opera News and returned to New York that summer for a second internship.
At Michigan, Joe has assisted with the research of Prof. Naomi André, who specializes in 19th-century opera and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race. Prof. André serves as the advisor for Joe’s senior thesis, which focuses on post-war musical settings of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Joe plans to pursue a doctorate in musicology following graduation. His topics of interest include opera, 20th- and 21st-century music, race and gender in music, and the music of György Ligeti.