Julia Klein

Class of 2016

Hometown: Rye Brook, NY

What was your College Scholar project?
My project focused on the intersection of Music, Psychology, Science and Technology. I was interested in understanding what psychologically shapes our musical preferences, how musical memories form and why/how songs seem to get "stuck in our head." I am eager to apply this knowledge in a creative, business-oriented setting and work towards using data/technology to produce better, or more satisfying music to consumers.  I worked as a research assistant in the Music Cognition Laboratory for 3 years.  Not surprisingly, this lab has truly shaped my entire Cornell experience.  I am most grateful to Professor Carol Krumhansl for being the most dedicated and inspiring mentor I could ever ask for; my entire college experience would not have been the same without her guidance.

As a Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar, I have presented my findings at the Rawlings Scholars Senior Symposium and the Arts & Sciences Humanities Showcase.  The Cornell Chronicle, The Research Paper and the Cornell Alumni Magazine featured articles about my research.  This July, I’ll be a presenter at the International Conference for Music Cognition and Perception in San Francisco.

What were your most important extra-curricular activities?
Outside of the classroom and the lab, I served as Musical Director for Cornell’s All-female a cappella group, Nothing But Treble; this year, I also served as its President. As someone who loves to sing, it's been fun and enriching to be a part of a "team" where everyone shares this same passion for singing. While this is clearly not an athletic team, the teamwork that goes into creating our best sound is truly a group effort. I also love arranging music for the group. This organization has provided a great creative outlet to me and allowed me to get involved in many philanthropy events on campus.  I was also an Ambassador for the College of Arts & Sciences. Getting to meet with prospective/newly accepted students is really satisfying. I loved getting to share my Cornell experience with these potential students and make them fall in love with this university, just like I have.  As a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Rawlings Scholars Program, I have gotten involved with the larger research community here at Cornell and was thrilled to join a small group of dedicated, passionate student- researchers who shared my commitment to research.

Talk about any summer internships or programs you’ve attended?
Last summer I worked for ATO Records, an independent record label. I worked on tour management, data analytics, marketing campaigns and A&R tasks. As a music-enthusiast, it was amazing to be surrounded by a community of co-workers who shared the same innate love for music that I do. Music was always playing in the office and everyone was constantly sharing new artists and ideas. I also had the chance to attend a ton of concerts (for free) for the artists on our label and get free CDs, records, T-shirts and other gear.

What are you doing now, and what are your long-term plans?
I want to work in the music business, ideally in a startup setting. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do within it, but it's a rapidly changing industry and I'm looking forward to be a driving force in its transformation. I’ll start working for a NYC startup in September.  In 2 to 3 years, I plan to attend Medical School and Business School to earn a joint MD/MBA and prepare to become an entrepreneur in the healthcare/biotech industry.