Jamie Blake is a Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, titled, “Architects of Russian America: Transnational Networks of Music and Musicians” focuses on the practical and cultural implications of the surge of Russian music and musicians in the United States in the first thirty years of the twentieth century. Blake is interested in the formation, navigation, and utilization of networks and the ways that personal and professional connections are shaped by shared purposes, perspectives, and resources. Though her current project centers on outcomes in the United States, she views her work as part of a larger transnational and international emigration story around pivotal and turbulent decades in Russian/Soviet history. Blake holds a BM from Boston University, an MM from Brigham Young University, and an MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Blake has a background as a trumpet player and conductor (orchestra and wind band) and enjoys working with large ensembles, coaching chamber groups, and teaching privately.