About Me

images/pic01.jp Hi! My name is Elena. I am a PhD student and researcher at New York University's Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL). Before joining MARL, I taught sound recording and managed the recording studio 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 vocal expression. So far, I have presented my work at the annual ISMIR and ICML conferences, 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 Dr. Anne Hege and Dr. Ge Wang on "The Furies," a new opera to be performed with the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk). 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 work has been nominated for several awards by the Contemporary A Cappella Society.

Loops: Beatboxing, Vocals, and Visuals

Loops - CCRMA Stage, January 2020

A live looping beatboxing and vocal performance, accompanied by visuals. Performed at Stanford CCRMA for ArtX Stanford's New Dimensionality Showcase, January 2020. Check out the visualizer I built! 4 Seasons: A Music Visualizer.

"The Furies: A Laptopera"

The Furies: A Laptopera - Bing Concert Hall, June 2019

"The Furies: A Laptopera" is a new original opera for performance with a laptop orchestra, all written by Dr. Anne Hege. I built the instruments for this work and performed vocals along with Camille Noufi. This is an excerpt, the full opera is coming in Spring 2020!

"Music Visualizer"

Music Visualizer - A Demo, November 2018

A music visualizer I built for my Music, Computing, and Design course with Ge Wang at Stanford.


July 2020

I presented my work on hit song prediction with machine learning at the ICML media discovery workshop. Check it out!

January 2020

I performed at ArtX Stanford's New Dimensionality Showcase. Check it out!

December 2019

Check out my music 192 students' work on our Stanford Studio Soundcloud.

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. Check it out under 'music'.

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. Read more about my project on cochlear implant listening!

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!