Ka Man Misty Choi

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Student in Musicology, 2016–Present

Formally trained as a linguist, I am currently working on projects that explore the relation between the musical, the linguistic, and the literary. My dissertation is to investigate the paths through which post-WWII Italian art music in the 1960s–1980s absorbed and contributed to the discourse of structuralism post-structuralism by building on linguistics, semiotics and literary theories, especially centers on music by Luciano Berio.

Prior to joining Duke, my research project was text-music analysis, especially art songs during the French Symbolist movement.

Education Background

Master of Philosophy

Historical Musicology

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Master of Arts


The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Master of Philosophy


City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)


Professional Qualifications


Music Theory

Trinity College, London


Institute of Chartered Linguists, UK

Current Research Interests

Music and Linguistics, Symbolism, Music theater, Structuralism and Post-structuralism, Berio, ancient Chinese aesthetics, Cantonese popular music

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