Maria Sonevytsky is an ethnomusicology Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, writing her dissertation on the music of the Ukrainian Hutsuls and the Crimean Tatars. She is also an active performer in diverse New York City scenes. Accordionist, pianist, and singer, she has most recently played with the notorious new chamber music collective Anti-Social Music, indie-pop sensation Baby Pool, the all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra, and the Ukrainian Women's Choir. Trained in classical oboe and piano, she finished her piano studies at the Manhattan School of Music in 2003. These days, most of her songwriting and vocal harmonizing can be heard in the cabaret-pop trio The Debutante Hour, which released its debut album, The Birth and Death of Meaning, in March 2010.