Andrew Owen, from Cleveland, Mississippi, is currently a musicology PhD student at Louisiana State University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009 with a double concentration in English and music (voice) from Delta State University, where he graduated at the top of his class, receiving the Jack Gunn award (the highest honor the university confers). He received a Master of Music degree in musicology in 2012 at Louisiana State University. A baritone, a Sinfonian, an avid writer of Gregg Shorthand, and a member of Esperanto-USA and the English Spelling Society, he has had a long interest in the sounds of language. He is also a composer, the youngest to have ever won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Music Composition (2006; for his “Three Études for Piano”).