Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Lisa R. Coons, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Christopher Biggs, D.M.A.

Third Advisor

Patrick D. Wilson, M.F.A.


Biodata, installation, music, sculpture, sonification, sounding

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


FUNGAL CHAPEL is an interactive installation exploring the ties between people and place through the deconstructed visual language of Judeo-Christian religious iconography. Comprising five sculptures; BELFRY, OFFERTORY, BAPTISMAL, DOORWAY, and ALTAR, visitors are encouraged to interact on multiple levels of physical touch and consciousness, including pouring water, self-expression through writing, interacting with sonified fungal biodata, meditation, and offering and receiving gifts. Most of the objects in the chapel are “sounding sculptures” hooked up to contact microphones with added effects, and can be manipulated to produce a variety of musical sounds. Through the process of semi-guided ritual as an individual moves through the space, visitors are given space to reflect, to participate in reciprocity, and to experience kinship with their environment.

Included in

Composition Commons