About Me

Hi! My name is Elena. I am a sound recording lecturer and researcher at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), where I completed my M.A. degree in 2019. I work on research projects related to music information retrieval, sound recording, and amateur vocal expression. I am also a singer, vocal percussionist, and vocal producer, and enjoy experimenting with vocal sounds to create fun and engaging pieces of music.

As a researcher, I work with Dr. Jonathan Berger and Dr. Blair Kaneshiro in Stanford's Music Engagement Research Initiative (MERI) , and with Dr. Takako Fujioka in the Neuromusic lab. I have presented my work at the annual ISMIR conference, at Stanford and Berkeley, as well as at several tech companies. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in Cognitive Science.

As a musician, I perform with several Bay Area vocal groups and am working with composer Anne Hege and Dr. Ge Wang on "The Furies," a new opera to be performed with the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) in 2020. I am also a recording engineer/producer, specializing in vocal music. I record many of the a cappella groups at Stanford and run live sound for shows.

My a cappella group Stanford Counterpoint released our album: "Close To Home!" I sing on the album and did a lot of the arranging and recording/production for this project. Enjoy!

Check out this visualizer I built! 4 Seasons: A Music Visualizer.


October 2019

I had the opportunity to attend two conferences this fall. I presented my HitPrediction research at UC Berkeley CNMAT's BCMR conference , and had the opportunity to perform at the BrainMind Summit hosted at Stanford.

October 2019

My first ambisonics composition titled "Exhale" premiered at the CCRMA 2019 Transitions concert. It is an all-vocal piece co-composed with Jeremy Raven.

September 2019

My a cappella group Stanford Counterpoint released our album "Close To Home." I sing on the album and did a lot of the arranging and recording/production for this project. Enjoy! Listen on YouTube.

September 2019

I have officially begun teaching as part of my lecturer position at Stanford CCRMA. This quarter I am teaching Music 192A: Foudnations of Sound Recording Technology.

September 2019

I had the opportunity to present my Hit Prediction research project at UC Berkeley's Center for New Music and Technolgy (CNMAT) at a conference called Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Computational Music Research.

June 2019

I graduated from Stanford with my master's degree in Music, Science, and Technology!

March 2019

I was invited to present my research at Pandora. Check out the slides from my presenation: Music Recommendations for Listeners With Hearing Loss.

December 2018

I presented a poster at the Stanford Machine Learning poster session. Read about my group's work on Predicting Hit Songs Using Spotify Data.

August 2018

Exciting news! I will be presenting my first research paper at this year’s International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference in Paris, France. I have been selected as a recipient of the Women in MIR grant, and will be presenting a poster at that session as well. See you at ISMIR!

June 2018

This summer, I will be interning at Universal Audio, working on a machine learning project involving tempo and meter analysis.

March 2018

This winter, I was also selected as a recipient of the Stanford Jazz Consortium's McMordie Scholarship and have been taking voice lessons.

December 2017

Finished my first quarter at Stanford! Check out my final projects under 'Research', including my "A Cappella Ambisonics" piece and a paper on using EEG to study affective priming in music.

June 2017

I graduated from UCLA with a bachelor of science in cognitive science and minors in mathematics and musicology. I had the honor of singing the UCLA Alma Mater at commencement with two of my friends; here is a video of our performance!