A. Ralph Papakhian Travel Grant

The A. Ralph Papakhian Travel Grant supports attendance at the annual MOUG meeting and, in recognition of Ralph’s mentoring role in music librarianship, is especially intended to support newer members of the profession in both public and technical services.

The award offers free conference registration for the MOUG annual meeting; reimbursement of up to $200 in associated expenses (lodging, meals, etc.); and one year’s free membership in MOUG, including three issues of the MOUG Newsletter.

Students, paraprofessionals, and professionals in the first five years of their professional careers who are likely to benefit from MOUG’s educational opportunities are eligible to apply. This includes everyone who works with music materials in libraries or library systems, whether they are music specialists or generalists. Professional and workplace need, financial need, past training and experience, demonstration of initiative, likely further contributions to the profession, and comments from reference letters are also considered. Applicants need not be current members of MOUG. While preference will be given to applicants who will be attending the MOUG annual meeting for the first time, an individual who meets the preceding conditions and who has attended a previous MOUG annual meeting is eligible to apply. Preference will also be given to applicants who have not previously been awarded a Ralph Papakhian Travel Grant.

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2019 Recipients

Britt Burns, Music Metadata Specialist, UCLA

Britt Burns is the current Music Metadata Specialist at UCLA where he has been since 2017, and also as a limited appointment in 2015. He began learning music cataloging back when he was in library science school while at the University of North Texas. Beyond his music cataloging, he has served in a variety of general cataloging positions, including roles at Cal State Fullerton and Georgetown University. He has also worked as a Metadata Coordinator for two entertainment providers in Los Angeles. Burns has a high interest in concert music, and is a published composer in that field. When he’s not cataloging or composing, Burns enjoys spending time with his wife Kristi.

Joshua Dieringer, Music Cataloging and Metadata Associate, University of North Texas

Music cataloger and violist, Joshua Dieringer currently works at the University of North Texas Music Library as a cataloging and metadata associate. He studied at The Ohio State University (B.M. in music performance and musicology) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.M. in music performance, M.A. in library and information sciences) gaining experiences in cataloging, processing, music performing and scholarship, and orchestral librarianship. His music library mentors have included Sean Ferguson, Tom Caw, Betsy Robbins, and Jean Harden. Joshua’s current music librarianship interests include cataloging and linked data complemented with video game music, viola literature, music editing, and Korean language and culture. He hopes to continue learning more about the cataloging and metadata profession while maintaining studies in music performing and scholarship.

Patrick Hutchinson, Music Cataloger, Brown University

Patrick Hutschinson is the music cataloger at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He started in cataloging when a graduate student in ethnomusicology, and, having earned his PhD, wandered into an open paraprofessional (Senior Library Specialist–no MLS) position. He is this year celebrating his 20th year in that position. Patrick has been involved in Irish traditional music since learning to play the tin whistle as a teenager in Liverpool. He has been playing the Irish uilleann pipes for 36 years and teaches the instrument in Boston. If you ever watched the classic movie Highlander 3: The Final Embarrassment, or listened to Loreena McKennitt, you have probably heard him play. Patrick is looking forward to attending his first MOUG meeting, and putting faces to names! He thanks you all so much for this opportunity.

Past Recipients


  • Enrique Caboverde, III, Cataloger, Florida International University
  • Ryan Johnson, MLS graduate student, Indiana University
  • Dustin Ludeman, Senior Librarian (Music Cataloger), New York Public Library/BookOps
  • Treshani Perera, Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian, University of Kentucky
  • Dan Ray, Music Metadata Librarian, University of Virginia
  • Wanda Rosinski, Original and Copy Cataloger, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Katherine Willeford, MLS graduate student, University of North Texas


  • Synae Yoon, Music & Media Cataloging/Metadata Librarian, Southern Methodist University
  • Clara Burns, Music Copy Cataloger, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Jen Bort, LIS graduate student, Syracuse University


  • Alyssa Hislop, Project Sound Recording Cataloger, Stanford University
  • Laura Thompson, Reference/Music Librarian, Central Michigan University
  • Rahni Kennedy, Temporary Music Cataloging/Metadata Specialist, Southern Methodist University


  • Anna Alfeld LoPrete, Music Cataloger, Indiana University
  • Colin Bitter, Graduate Library Assistant, Music Library, University of North Texas
  • Sophie Rondeau, Sound Recordings Cataloger, University of Syracuse


  • Elizabeth Hille Cribbs, Cataloging (Music) Librarian, Northern Illinois University
  • Chris Diamond, Library Information Specialist IV, Baylor University
  • Keith Knop, Associate Music Cataloger, Florida State University
  • Jennifer L. Vaughn, Technical Specialist, Syracuse University Libraries
  • Elin Williams, Music Librarian, Victoria Conservatory of Music (British Columbia)
  • Mark Zelesky, Music Circulation and Stacks Manager, Rowan University


  • Claire Marsh, Senior Librarian for Library Systems and Projects, Jazz Archivist, Leeds College of Music
  • Christina Linklater, Project Music Cataloger, Harvard University
  • Jacey Kepich, Digital Imaging Technician, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Karla Jurgemeyer, Cataloging and Acquisitions Associate, St. Olaf College
  • Kristen Heider, Music and Digital Resources Cataloging/Metadata Specialist, Southern Methodist University


  • Sonia Archer-Capuzzo, Library Technician and Cataloger, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


  • Sally Bauer, Music/Media Cataloger, New York Public Library
  • Sandra Schipior, Cataloger, Juilliard School of Music
  • Tim Smolko, Library Associate (Acquired Music Cataloger), University of Georgia