Skyler Dykes

MA student in Musicology
research interests:
  • American Opera and Symphonic Literature
  • Cultural Policy
  • Education and Engagement Programming
  • Institutional Histories
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    Skyler is a joint degree student at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Musicology and Juris Doctorate. Interested in questions of cultural policy and placemaking, her research focuses on the birth and evolution of public music and community engagement programming in America’s classical music sector. 

    Skyler is an alumna of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied vocal performance, French, and political science. Her undergraduate honors thesis, “Civic Practice 101: A guide for the 21st-century opera professor” explored the role of young artists in engagement programming and was accepted for presentation at the 2021 National Opera Association Annual Conference. 

    Outside of her academic studies, Skyler is an avid arts advocate. Prior to her graduate studies, she served as Interim Executive Director of Nebraskans for the Arts, and she currently volunteers for Missouri Citizens for the Arts. 

    Conference Presentations
    “Civic Practice 101: A guide for the 21st-century opera professor,” National Opera Association Annual Conference, 2021