Graduate Students

aram_adajianAram Ethan Adajian is a multimedia composer based in Los Angeles. He holds two BA degrees: one in Music from The University of California at Santa Cruz, and a second in Film Scoring from The Berklee College of Music. In 2011, he earned a Master’s Degree in Composition from the California State University at Northridge. As part of Matter Music, he composed and arranged music for several projects in film and television. With his mentor David Cope, he studied generative algorithmic composition techniques, and is currently exploring the limits of artificial intelligence as it applies to multimedia expression. He plays piano, and endeavors to develop a strong aptitude for improvisation in several styles while honing his skills as an acoustical engineer. The spirit of his projects embrace the concept of inclusion, of breaking boundaries between artist and the audience. This is key to the success of new music in an increasingly interactive society.

christiaan_clarkChristiaan Clark is currently working on his Master’s in Digital Composition. He obtained his Bachelor of Music at the University of Delaware in both Music Composition and Guitar Performance, as well as a minor in Jazz Studies. Currently pursuing his childhood dream to work on music composition and sound design for video games, he is continually enamored by the ever-expanding possibilities for sound in new hardware and software. His love for video games inspires the aesthetic for his music -- the perfect melding of intelligible and sensible beauty. His work as a composer has often branched away from work with video games, as he had the pleasure to compose incidental music for the 2014 Delaware Shakespeare Festival production of Hamlet. More recently, he arranged and engraved for Delaware-based duo 6ixwire’s world music concert in March 2016. Christiaan plans to use his years at UCR to enhance his knowledge of tools for music creation and manipulation on the computer. Recordings of his music can be found at the following link:

Diaz, ChrisChristopher Diaz joins the composition department at UCR after a varied educational and professional career within the music industry.  He has completed undergraduate degrees in commercial music, recording technology, marketing, music business and he is a classically trained baritone.  He completed his master’s degree in music and human learning from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Dr. Robert Duke.

He has worked in small independent recording studios as well as for major institutions such as the now defunct, Sony Music Studios.  He spent several years in New York City working for the internationally recognized indie label, Putumayo World Music, and his varied interests in multicultural styles are a testament to his time there.  Chris’s compositional interests include popular/commercial music, hip-hop, multicultural collaborations and film scoring.  He plays piano, guitar, and drums and has released three full-length albums, one of which charted in the DFW Soundscan DMA. Email:

patrick_gibsonPatrick Gibson is a composer, songwriter, singer, guitarist and educator from Anaheim, California. He performs his original songs as the guitarist and singer of his band, Kirk Out, in venues throughout Southern California, including the Doll Hut, Malone’s and Dipiazza’s. He holds a masters degree in Music Composition from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Voice from Loyola Marymount University. He was recently admitted to the PhD Program in Digital Composition at the University of
California, Riverside. At the BCCM, he studied composition with Drs. Carolyn Bremer, Alan Shockley, Adriana Verdié de Vas-Romero and Raymond Torres-Santos.

He has composed works for various ensembles, including: Missa Familiae Sanctae, a Mass for Mixed Chorus and Pierrot Ensemble performed by members of the BCCM Orchestra and Chorus; Speed Metal through the Viewfinder, a string quartet which he presented to David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet, and subsequently had performed by the Friction Quartet; and Lost Worlds, a piece for percussion quartet, premiered by the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. He has also had his works performed by members of the California E.A.R. Unit, flutist Sarah Carrier of the Syzygy
New Music Collective, the Robin Cox Trio and ensemble Fret. He composed portions of the soundtrack to Game Child, an animated film by Justine Prebich, which was screened at the 2015 CSU Media Arts Festival at California State University, Los Angeles. His Mars Chamber Symphony for modified Pierrot Ensemble with Harp was recently performed at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena.

Lee, ChristineChristine Lee is a PhD student at UC Riverside focusing on digital music composition. She composes music for different media including visual media and dance. Her composing styles range from small acoustic pieces to large hybrid orchestral music. She often uses ambient sound through an electronic medium.

She started out playing keyboard for a rock band called "Wiretap In My Ear" at various venues when she was in Korea. It was during this time where she found an interest in exploring different types of sound, which led her to study music (Intermedia Music Technology) at University of Oregon. While continuing her studies, the relationship between visual media and music sparked her interest in traditional classical writing as well as electronic and contemporary writing.

She has recently completed her certificate program in Film Scoring at UCLA Extension. She continues to expand her musical skills, experience, and knowledge at UC Riverside. Email:

Photo front bw-fixedAlvaro Eduardo Lopez is an electronic musician, composer and sound designer. He earned his Bachelors in Music Composition and Production at Javeriana University Bogota, Colombia, 2004, and his Masters of Music in Music Technology at The University of Akron, OH, 2012, and currently is a PhD student at the Digital Composition department at UCR.

A deep devotion for music production with computer began when he started using the computer for arranging and programing instrumental complementary tracks for rehearsal. From that point, his ability managing digital tools for audio development was a perfect match for his numerous coming works in audio post-production for films, ranging from music and sound design, to mixing, Foley, and surround spatialization. Parallel to those activities, and for more than ten years, he gained well-known standing as college instructor in several leading programs in Colombia for film sound production subjects, especially in audiovisual media careers, like Javeriana University, Politécnico Grancolombiano, UNITEC and Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, and music schools like EMMAT and EAD.

Composer and producer of a number of sound montages for experimental films presented in international festivals like Extrabismos, La Diáspora, Festival de Cine y Video de San Juan de Pasto, among others, his pieces have been selected in several film and art events at Barcelona, Lima, Berlin, Bogota, Manizales, Tunja, and Pasto. His electronic works made part of the New Music Festival at the School of Music, University of Akron, OH, 2011-2012, being the only composer in using 1960s analog synthesizers with digital control and sequences.

Recent work includes design and control for performance with virtual instruments through a wireless MIDI/OSC digital network system, including video, musicians and real time processing algorithms. His studies currently focus on generative algorithmic music and artificial intelligence music analysis and composition. Email:

GNGelareh Naseri is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Composition in the University of California Riverside Music Department. She writes music for solo instruments and different types of ensembles including wind ensemble and symphony orchestra. Naseri’s music is performed or read by various ensembles including the Friction Quartet, the What’s Next Ensemble, and the Synchromy. She is interested in composing music for all sorts of media, including soundtracks for games and movies. She is also compelled by compositions that implement digital technology to enhance music. Prior to coming to UCR Music Department, Gelareh Naseri earned a masters degree in Music Composition from University of Art, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

Through her experiences in pursuing her academic goals, Naseri was awarded two Gluck Fellowships in the Arts and has continued to develop new approaches to teaching music and music composition. Email:

claudine_avalosClaudine Avalos is a doctoral student in the ethnomusicology program at UCR. Her research interests include Afro-Peruvian music, transnational music making, identity formation, and music education. Claudine completed her Bachelor of Music degree in music education with a concentration in voice from the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). She was awarded the Conservatory’s Maurice Lieberman Award for her undergraduate work in the field of music education. Claudine also received the CUNY Graduate Center’s Pipeline Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Her undergraduate thesis was a case study that dealt with issues of transnational audience reception in Afro-Peruvian Jazz. Claudine has presented her work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, the Hunter College Research Conference, and the CUNY Pipeline Research Conference.

Claudine has enjoyed playing the violin throughout her childhood in New York City. She has also been a member of many community choirs throughout New York and New Jersey. Claudine hopes to continue making music and participating in community music making efforts throughout her time in Southern California.

corey_blakeCorey Michael Blake Lascano is a PhD candidate in the ethnomusicology program at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests include musical expressions of identity in diasporic Central American populations and the effects of tourism on rural Appalachian musical identities. Beginning in 2012, Corey spent a year interning with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, working with ethnomusicologists, folklorists, and experts in the recording music industry. There, he was commissioned to curate a music playlist for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. In 2015, he graduated with his M.M. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he completed his Master’s thesis, entitled “Sounding Identity: Music and Technoculture in the Chinese Diaspora of Panama.” Corey also holds a B.M. degree in voice education from James Madison University with a minor in anthropology. In March 2017, Corey was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship for his 2017-2018 dissertation fieldwork in Panama City, Panama. Email:

ben_blocksomBenjamin Blocksom is a doctoral student in ethnomusicology at UCR. His research focuses on the popular and religious music of traditional communities and native groups in western Brazil, exploring themes of collective memory, transmission, and altered states of consciousness. He graduated with an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, completing a thesis which examined the role of music and transnationalism in the Santo Daime, a Brazilian ayahuasca religion. As a performer on guitar, he has led working bands for top wedding agencies, cruise lines, and international five-star hotels.

Benjamin holds a BSLA from Georgetown University and is also active as a legal and commercial Portuguese/English translator and conference interpreter.

deckerAndrea Decker is currently pursuing an M.A. in ethnomusicology at UC Riverside. Her research interests include Indonesian popular music, vocalization as identity, gendered musical expression, and Mormon music worldwide. Andrea holds a B.M. in vocal performance and a B.S. in political science from Utah State University, where she graduated as Caine College of the Arts Valedictorian. Her honors thesis addressed Satie's setting of Plato's dialogues for his chamber piece Socrate.

While attending Utah State University, she received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Indonesian, and later served as alumni ambassador for that program. Andrea has received the Milton R. Merrill Scholarship and UCR Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (2014-2017). She continues to perform as a solo singer and as a member of the UCR Chamber Singers. When not reading, writing, or making music, Andrea enjoys exercising, knitting, and killing houseplants. Email:

jesse_freedmanJesse Freedman is a PhD student in ethnomusicology. His research interests include the role of music journalism in the formation of cultural groups, electronic dance music, and pop music traditions in Latin America. Jesse holds a B.M. and M.M. in classical guitar performance from Guilford College and the University of Southern California respectively. Before coming to Riverside, Jesse was living in Brooklyn where he was working as a musician and teacher at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, NJ. Jesse hopes to enter into the field of music journalism using ethnomusicology to develop alternative methods of investigation and criticism.


owain_grahamOwain Graham is a doctoral student in ethnomusicology at UCR. His research interests include indigeneity and ritual music in lowland South America. He is a recipient of the UCR Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (2016-2017).

Before moving to California to pursue his studies in ethnomusicology, he taught music theory and founded the program for classical guitar studies at the Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio, TX. Mr. Graham received his master of music degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he studied guitar performance and pedagogy with Matthew Dunne. While attending UT San Antonio, Mr. Graham was awarded first prize at the 2013 College of Liberal Fine Arts research competition for his presentation entitled Linear Analysis and Interpretation in Schubert’s “Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano” (D821). Mr. Graham also holds a B.M.p. from Stetson University in DeLand, FL where he was awarded the William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship and studied classical guitar with internationally renowned performer and teacher, Stephen Robinson. Email:

jessica_gutierrezJessica Margarita Gutierrez Masini Short Borroto Perez is a Ph.D student in ethnomusicology with research interests in Mexico, music of the Americas, indigenous studies, music and identities. She is fascinated by how native peoples in the Americas not only maintain, but celebrate their traditions through music and dance. In her current research, she uses Diamond’s Alliance Studies Model (2007) as the primary analytical framework to trace cultural and historical connections to “La Zandunga.”Jessica has presented highlights from this project at the 2015 Northern California Chapter for the Society of Ethnomusicology (NCCSEM) Conference and the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference at UC Davis. In 2015, She was the first music major to earn the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and in 2016, was presented with a Native American Community Honoring for her contribution to the 44th UCD Powwow and Native American Culture Days.

Jessica currently holds a B.A in Music with a minor in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. In addition to research, she has been a long time marching band member and continues to play trombone in the Cal Aggie Alumni Marching Banduh at UC Davis. Jessica’s ultimate goal is to better connect the knowledge practices she learns in academia to the communities she serves.

Nana Kaneko is a Ph.D. candidate with research interests in Japan, and music making after mass traumatic events. She holds an M.A. (2013) from UC Riverside, where she continues to work under Dr. Deborah Wong. Her B.A., magna cum laude (2010), in music with minors in Japanese and cinema studies, is from New York University.

Nana conducted two years of doctoral fieldwork in Sendai as a visiting researcher at Miyagi University of Education. Her dissertation research, supported by a University of California’s President’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship (2016-2017), Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (2015-2016), and UCR Graduate Research Mentorship Program award (2014-2015), focuses on the role of musical performance as a mechanism for community building and humanitarian efforts since the March 11, 2011 triple disaster.

She is also a three-time recipient of a Gluck Fellowship (2012, 2013, 2016), and a practitioner of minyo (Japanese folk singing/shamisen) and kumi-daiko. Email:

jwkimJungwon Kim, a native of South Korea, is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at UCR. Jungwon majored in violin performance and musicology with a dance theory minor for her bachelor’s degrees and holds two M.A.s in gender studies and ethnomusicology.

Her research interests span K-pop (Korean popular music), western classical music in the non-western world, and gender issues in various musical practices. Since 2011, she has actively presented her K-pop-related papers at various regional and international conferences, including Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the Southern California and Hawai’i Chapter of Society for Ethnomusicology (SEMSCHC), International Association for Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Korean Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM – Korea), East West Center International Graduate Student Conference on the Asian Pacific Region, World Congress of Korean Studies, Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference, and Association for Asian Studies-in-Asia (AAS-in-Asia). Her paper on K-pop girl groups is included in the bibliography of K-POP: Roots and Blossoming of Korean Popular Music published by the Arts Council Korea in 2012. She is currently pursuing her doctoral dissertation on K-pop and its Korean female fandom under the direction of Professor Deborah Wong.

Jungwon likes to dance ballet and play tennis. She also enjoys photography and listening to music with her iPhone. An avid traveler, she has been to many cities in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Austria, Italy, France, Netherland, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. Email:

lenka_moravkovaLenka Morávková is a songwriter, sound artist, and electronic music producer from the Czech Republic, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside.

Tiptoeing on the edge between the dance floor and conceptual art, her work is rooted in global and personal collapses, an aesthetic of glitches and deconstruction, and an application of academic theories to performance practices. As a cross-disciplinary artist, Lenka Morávková transgresses boundaries within music, visual art, performance, and new media, touring internationally with her music project My Name Is Ann! as well as performing with the unique glass instrument Bohemian Cristal Instrument (après Baschet sculpture).

Her installations and performances have been presented extensively throughout Europe, including the LEM festival in Barcelona, the Czech National Theatre in Prague, the International Glass Symposium and the Biennial Ostrava Days festival in the Czech Republic, the Natures Festival in Ljubjana, and the CreArt festival. Additionally, as a music critic under the alias of KnofLenka, she is hosting a monthly radio show on the Czech National Radio. Websites:

mneilphotoMatthew Neil is a doctoral student in the ethnomusicology program at UCR. He graduated with a bachelor of music degree in jazz composition from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was also an active performer on electric bass in the city's jazz scene. His research focuses on American jazz in the 21st century, with a particular emphasis on the university institutionalization of jazz. His conference presentations include a paper presentation at the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, the leading international symposium on improvisation. His other research interests include music and technology, Latin American music, and music and globalization. Matt is also a 2013-14 Gluck Fellow of the Arts as well as a writing consultant at UCR's Graduate Writing Center. Email:

dpanikkerDhiren Panikker is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology. His research examines hybridity and immigrant identity in contemporary jazz and hip hop. He will present his research on Cambodian American hip hop in Long Beach at “The Work of Exile” conference in April 2015. As a Medici Foundation scholar, Dhiren holds a Masters of Fine Arts (2010) in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from the University of California, Irvine, where his work focused on Indian American jazz. Additionally, Dhiren holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (2008) from California State University, Fullerton, where he studied piano and composition with Allison Edwards and Bill Cunliffe. An active pianist and composer, Dhiren has performed at prominent jazz venues throughout Los Angeles including the Blue Whale, the Jazz Bakery, and Vitello’s. In 2010 he performed throughout Seoul, South Korea on scholarship as a “cultural ambassador,” and has toured and recorded with his own group, Trio Sangha. Outside of performance, Dhiren teaches a full studio of jazz piano students, lectures at masterclasses, and collaborates with various ensembles across Southern California. Website: Email:

ppropstPaula Propst is a Ph.D candidate in ethnomusicology with a focus in popular music studies. Paula received a M.M., with a focus in musicology, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2012). She completed a master’s thesis that examined Knoxville punk, where musicians maintain a community centered on performances and social relationships. Paula also holds a B.M., with a focus in K-12 music education and a minor in anthropology, from Appalachian State University (2006, magna cum laude). As a part of her bachelor’s honors program, Paula completed an undergraduate honors thesis that surveyed socio-musical aspects of contemporary hardcore punk and metal musics.

Paula’s dissertation research will explore intersectional approaches to music education and popular music performance. This research will focus on the growing presence of camps devoted to popular rock music instruction for young girls and current interests in feminism and gender equality in popular culture.

Paula has performed primarily classical music – having studied clarinet since she was 13. At Appalachian State, Paula received course credit for being a touring musician with the Steely Pan Steel Band and the Appalachian State Gospel Choir. During her time at UCR, she has found a great love for performing Andean music, bluegrass, gamelan, and tabla. Paula’s current research has also led to an unyielding interest to become proficient on electric bass guitar and drum kit. Email:

Yuki Proulx is currently working on her M.A. in ethnomusicology. Her interests include engaged ethnomusicology, music and other performance genres in Japanese American communities, and critical mixed race studies, particularly with regard to mixed race Japanese individuals. Yuki’s musical background is in classical clarinet and voice. She is currently studying tabla. Yuki graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition. Her undergraduate thesis examined absolute pitch acquisition in adults. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. In her free time, Yuki enjoys playing video games. Email:

Anthony Rasmussen is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at UCR. His dissertation research concerns sound studies in contemporary Mexico and explores the dialectic relationship between social actors, cultural formations, and acoustic environments. Additionally, Anthony has conducted research on the Persian Diaspora in Southern California and has studied Persian classical music with Hossein Omoumi and Kourosh Taghavi. Anthony Rasmussen holds a MFA in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from UC Irvine and has composed for film, a range of traditional and non-traditional ensembles, and has collaborated with members of the Eclipse String Quartet, Silk Road Ensemble, and the John Fogerty Band. Currently, Anthony is singer/songwriter for the experimental pop group, The Fantastic Toes.

Anthony Rasmussen has received the UCR Humanities Graduate Student Research Grant (2014-2015), the UCR Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (2012-2015), and is the first recipient of the Manolito Romero Memorial Award – granted in support of Iberian/Latin American dissertation research (2014-2015). Email:

Kevin Sliwoski is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology whose interests include global jazz traditions, sound studies, audio surveillance, and transnationalism. His current research addresses sound and militarism at former US Military bases in the Philippines. He is a multi-instrumentalist, primarily a trombonist, and has performed with UCR’s Jazz, Gamelan, and Rondalla ensembles.

Kevin holds Masters degrees in US History (2014) and Musicology (2013) from the University of Oxford. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (2012) from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where he studied trombone with Steve Davis. In the summer of 2016 he studied Tagalog through the SEASSI program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Email:

elizabeth_stelaElizabeth Stela is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology and UCR. Her research interests include the music of Japan and the Japanese diaspora, music in intentional communities, and human dreams of space exploration and settlement. Her dissertation research explores music and belonging in two intentional communities in Brazil whose members identify as Japanese or embrace perceived Japanese values.

Elizabeth received an MA in Oral History from Columbia University. She has participated in a variety of music and dance ensembles including Grupo Vak (Sao Paulo), Yuubi Japanese Dance Company (Sao Paulo), the Viva Brazil Dance Company (New York), and the Martha Graham Ensemble (Graham II) (New York). She is currently studying Japanese language in Kansai, Japan through a grant from the Japan Foundation.

Matt BuchanMatthew Buchan holds a Masters degree from the University California, Riverside, and is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology from the same institution. His research areas include the Celtic Twilight, Rutland Boughton and British Modernism, Gabriel Fauré and the music of the French fin de scièle, as well as German Romanticism from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to Schumann. His dissertation will be an investigation of the influence of the Celtic Twilight on British music of the last century.

12074849_10153166854813372_573795299958361432_nLeilani Dade is a graduate student at University of California Riverside pursuing an M.A./PhD in historical musicology under the guidance of Walter Clark. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Leilani received her bachelor’s in music performance and French language at Hollins University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a specialization in classical guitar and a certificate in arts management.

Leilani is an active classical guitarist. She studied guitar performance at Hollins University with Dr. William Krause and studied guitar and music theory at l’Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France as part of the Hollins Abroad Paris program (2011-12). She regularly attends the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute at Oklahoma City University where she takes lessons with Pepe Romero and performs in masterclasses and concerts. Leilani worked extensively on the Romero family archive which resides at the Rivera Library at UCR. She is currently taking lessons with Celin Romero and frequently performs new works by UCR composers, most recently a new guitar concerto composed by Christian Dubeau and conducted by Mark Inchoco commissioned by the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award (2014) and returning recipient of the GLUCK Fellowship of the Arts (2014-15 and 2015-16).

Leilani’s research focuses on nationalism in French and Spanish music, particularly that of composer Joaquin Turina. Her master’s thesis will focus on the music of early Latin America. Other research interests include Appalachian music and Polynesian dance. Leilani regularly performs with Oceania Dance at UCR, a Polynesian dance and culture group. Email:

DePue, RoxyRoxy DePue is a second year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Musicology at The University of California, Riverside. His research areas include Los Angeles area session guitarists, progressive rock music, and guitar technology.

Roxy, a native of Cleveland, Ohio earned his BM in Performance from The University of Akron, and his MM in Musicology from the University of Memphis. His thesis, “The Muddy Waters Library of Congress Field Recordings: An Analysis of His Early Repertoire” has been presented at two national music conferences. As a guitarist, Roxy studied privately under Stephen Aron and Dr. Lily Afshar. He has performed in over a dozen masterclasses, and his interests extend to popular styles in rock, blues, and jazz.

As an educator, Mr. DePue served as an Education Programs Manager at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Adjunct Music Professor for Kent State University Regional Campuses, and taught summer music programs for Camp Jam, LLC. Email:

Gordillo photoBernard Gordillo, born in Managua and raised in New Orleans, is a Ph.D. student in Musicology at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests lie in the music of Latin America, and are focused on the art music and composers of Nicaragua. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Latin American Music Center of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and maintains a close relationship with the Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica (Managua) as an Associate Researcher. In 2011 he spent a year in Nicaragua as a Fulbright Fellow, searching for musical vestiges of the country’s Spanish colonial past, as well as studying the manuscripts of twentieth-century Nicaraguan composers Luis Abraham Delgadillo and Carlos Ramírez Velásquez. More recently he received a UC Mexus grant to undertake research at the Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical Carlos Chávez (Mexico City). Bernard is a harpsichordist and ensemble director, holding graduate degrees in performance from the Early Music Institute at Indiana University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). He has performed on harpsichord and chamber organ throughout the United States, Western Europe, Central America, and Israel. Email:

(Cropped) Howerton, JaclynJaclyn Howerton is a PhD candidate in Musicology at the University of California, Riverside. Some of her recent awards include the AMS Harold Powers Travel Grant in 2016, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, Anthony Ginter Award and Gluck Fellowship at UC Riverside. She has presented her research at various conferences including the Pacific Southwest and Northern California AMS joint chapter meeting in 2015. A native of Los Angeles, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, Davis in 2010 and her Master of Music in Oboe Performance at California State University, Northridge in 2012. Her honors senior thesis, entitled “Ralph Vaughan Williams: Music from War” was published in the university’s undergraduate research journal, Explorations, and was an in-depth analysis on the influence of the world wars on the symphonies of Vaughan Williams. In addition, Howerton also received the UC Davis Departmental Faculty Award in Music Performance for oboe. For her Master’s in Music, Howerton received a Graduate Equity Fellowship for musicological research and completed a detailed thesis on Instrument history of the oboe in collaboration with a Master’s Recital in 2012. Her current research interests focus on British film music and its use as propaganda during the Second World War with a particular interest in the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. In addition to her musicological research, Howerton is a freelance oboist and English hornist in the greater Los Angeles area.

Rachel Howerton is a doctoral candidate in musicology at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests primarily focuses on nineteenth-century French composers and their reception in Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has presented papers on her research at various conferences including: the 2014 and 2016 American Musicology Society Northern California and Pacific-Southwest Joint Chapter Meetings, the 2014-2016 UC Riverside Grad Slam Competitions, and at the 2010 UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference. Rachel earned a Masters in Music in Horn Performance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, Davis, where she was also awarded the Departmental Citation in Music. In addition, her honors undergraduate thesis, entitled “Berlioz and Mendelssohn: Rivals or Equals?” was published in the UC Davis undergraduate research journal, Explorations, in 2010. Some of her recent awards include: the American Musicological Society M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet Travel Grant (2016), a three time recipient of a Gluck Fellowship for the Arts (2015, 2016, and 2017), the Anthony Ginter Award (2015), and the UC Riverside Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award (2013). In addition to her academic pursuits, Rachel is also a freelance musician performing in numerous ensembles throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Some of the artists that Rachel has recently appeared with include: David Newman, Carl St. Clair, and James Conlon. Email:

hermann_huddeHermann Hudde is a musicologist and classical guitar performer. He received the prestigious Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award to pursue a PhD in Music in Musicology at the University of California (Riverside). Hermann articles and reviews have been published in: Revista Musical Chilena, Soundboard, Revista de Musicología, Tempo, Nineteenth Century Music Review, Latin American Music Review, and Harvard Review of Latin America. His research interests are: Latin American Art Music, Cultural Studies and Latin America Studies. For more information, please visit: or


Mark Christian Inchoco is a graduate student in the Historical Musicology doctoral program, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in English Literature with special emphasis on creative writing and modernism. Working with Dr. Byron Adams, Inchoco’s research focuses on film music studies, specifically with regards to French cinema of the cinéma de qualité and New Wave periods, critical theory, and the intersection of literature and music.

In supplement to his studies, Inchoco is a trumpeter and conductor. He has conducted the premieres of two new works for orchestra by UCR composers, Brian Bunker and Christine Lee, and a new guitar concerto by Christian Dubeau, which was performed by his colleague, Leilani Dade; all of which were commissioned by the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. Inchoco is also guest conductor for the Ambler Symphony Orchestra and the South Jersey Pops Orchestra. As a soloist, he regularly performs new works for trumpet in affiliation with Dubeau and Lee’s concert series, Sound and Fury, and as orchestral trumpeter, he is the Principal Trumpet of the UC Riverside Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Claremont Symphony Orchestra. Outside of the concert hall, Inchoco was an active member of the Italian marching band, the Verdi Band of Norristown (PA), and has performed on a variety of albums as a studio musician, ranging from Latin American rock music to hip hop.

Inchoco self-identifies as a second generation Filipino American from Philadelphia, PA and currently resides in Riverside, CA. Email:

Johns photoEric Johns is musicologist and classical guitarist currently pursuing an M.A./PhD in musicology at the University of California, Riverside. Originally from Louisiana, Eric earned his B.M. in classical guitar performance from Southeastern Louisiana University studying with Patrick Kerber, as well as studying jazz guitar with Hank Mackie. After graduating, he moved to Buenos Aires to study tango guitar with maestros Anibal Arias and Julian Graciano. As a musician, he has worked professionally throughout the United States in a variety of styles.

Eric’s current research focuses on Cuban-Spanish-American composer Joaquìn Nin-Culmell’s opera La Celestina, as well as a reconstructive history of the guitar in tango. He is the recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship (2014-2015), and the GLUCK Fellowship of the Arts (2015-2016). Eric is also the host of Radio Maldita on KUCR 88.3FM, a GSA representative, and has recently founded a tango guitar ensemble at UCR. Email:

pedro_lopez_de_la_osaPedro López de la Osa is a Spanish guitarist who specializes in chamber music, pedagogy and research.

He studied with Alfredo Capriles, and completed his Guitar Degree at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid with José Luis Rodrigo with whom he developed deep technical and musical skills. Two great mentors than followed: Betho Davezac and Eduardo Fernández with whom he then completed his professional training. He earned his Musical Education degree at the La Salle University in Madrid with the renowned pedagogue Raquel de las Heras. He later completed his Master Degree in chamber music, with honors, at the Girolamo Frescobaldi National Conservatory of Music in Ferrara (Italy) with Tiziano Mealli and Stefano Cardi. Curious still, he then completed his second Master’s Degree in music, this time in research, at the Autónoma University of Madrid with Germán Labrador. He was Pleased to receive in 2007 the Joaquín Rodrigo Prize in chamber music.

As a professional guitarist, Pedro López de la Osa has focused on chamber music, forming a successful duo with the pianist Pablo López de la Osa and the guitarist Paolo Benedetti. No but he also enjoyed performing with many duos, trios, quartets, as well as orchestras….in Spain, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Palestine, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Poland, with recordings for Radio Spain, Canal 7-Costa Rica and RTVE. He has given masterclasses while a guest in there widely varied nations.

Pedro López de la Osa has pedagogic and research works published and performed in Spain, South Korea, Colombia, Italy, and Palestine. Currently López de la Osa is a graduate student in musicology at the UCR.

alessio_olivieriAlessio Olivieri, Italian classical guitarist and musicologist, is a PhD student in Musicology at the University of California Riverside, and he is recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship. He received a MM in Classical Guitar Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as a MM in Music Technology/Publishing, a BM in Musicology, and a Diploma in Classical Guitar, all from the Cesare Pollini Conservatory in Padova (Italy). His most influential teachers have been Angelo Gilardino, Giulio Tampalini, Mark Delpriora, David Leisner, and Giovanni Grano.  

As a musicologist, he researched the Italian lute music of the 16th Century (thesis on the M.S. 223 of the library of the Accademia Filarmonica in Verona), and the Italian chamber romances of the 19th century —with the book Le romanze da salotto di Michele Bellucci. Le edizioni a stampa e i manoscritti autografi (2010). His graduate thesis, titled Il Tenebrismo: la chitarra della noche oscura da Manuel de Falla ad Angelo Gilardino, introduced the concept of “tenebrism” as a new poetic in the 20th century guitar repertoire. Alessio performed throughout Italy, USA, Australia, and New Zealand, as soloist and in chamber music groups —especially with his wife, the Italian soprano Elisa Ramon, as Operaperta Duo. He recorded two CDs (as Operaperta Duo, and as member of the former Manhattan Guitar Quartet).

As an educator, Alessio served as Guitar Instructor at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2014-16), and as guitar and music teacher, in high schools and middle schools in Italy. Website: Email:

PantojaDaniel Castro Pantoja, is a classical guitarist and doctoral student in musicology at UCR. Daniel, a native of Colombia, earned his Bachelor´s in Music degree in classical guitar performance from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then attended The University of Akron for his Master´s degree in music performance, where he studied with guitar pedagogue extraordinaire Stephen Aron (chair of guitar studies at the University of Akron and Oberlin conservatory), earning his MM in the year 2013.

Daniel is currently a second year doctoral student at UCR, working under the supervision of Dr. Walter Aaron Clark.  He is a current recipient of the Dean´s distinguished fellowship, the Gluck Fellowship of the Arts, and the Anthony Ginter award. His research deals with Latin American art music culture from 1880 to 1960, in particular the work of Colombian composer Guillermo Uribe Holguín (1880-1971). Email:

Supeena Insee Adler is a performer and ethnomusicologist living in San Diego, California. She performs and teaches classical Thai music on traditional stringed instruments. Her areas of interest are mediums, healing rituals and music in Northeast Thailand and Southern Laos, literature in Thai traditional music performance, and Okinawa minyo.

She received a B.F.A. in Thai Classical Music from Mahasarakham University, and completed coursework towards a M.A. in Musicology at the College of Music, Mahidol University. She completed a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies: Text, Ritual, and Performance (SEATRiP) at UCR in 2010, with a thesis titled A Theater of the Spirits: Ritual Performance and Community in Northeast Thailand, under the direction of Professor Deborah Wong. In the spring of 2014, she received a Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) at UCR under Dr. Wong. Her dissertation was titled Music for the Few: Nationalism and Thai Royal Authority.

s200_kathryn.alexanderKathryn Alexander received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UC Riverside in 2014. Her dissertation, entitled “Crafting Cultural Belonging: Normative Embodiment in Cape Breton’s Scottish Traditional Music and Dance,” explores constructions of gendered and ethnic whiteness within Cape Breton’s Scottish traditional music and dance community, and the role of tourism in shaping the island’s contemporary Scottish culture. Her master's thesis, completed at UC Riverside in 2011, showed how members of Los Angeles' late 1970s and early 1980s punk scene recreated their community as an online meeting place and archive 30 years after the dissolution of their offline scene. Her current work focuses on situating vernacular music and dance traditions of North America as sites for the construction of placed-based, ethnic whiteness as it intersects with gender identity. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Macalester College.

Avila photoDr. Jacqueline Avila is an Assistant Professor in musicology at the University of Tennessee. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in music from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. in music with a dual emphasis in French horn performance and music education from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research interests include Mexican modernism, nationalism, and cinema and media studies. She was a recipient of the UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant and the American Musicological Society’s Howard Meyer Brown Fellowship, and has presented her research at several conferences in the United States and Mexico. She is currently writing a book manuscript tentatively titled CineSonidos: Cinematic Music in Early Mexican Film, which is an examination of meaning and cultural representation in Mexican film music.

Gary photoGary Barnett completed his doctoral studies in historical musicology in the spring of 2012 after an extended research trip to Lisbon, Portugal where he received a scholarship with the LUSO/Gulbenkian foundation to study the compositions of Carlos Seixas (1704-1742).  His dissertation was entitled Three Manifestations of Carlos Seixas (1704-1742): A Study of Historiographical Biography, Reception, and Interpretation. As a student at UCR, he performed as both soloist and continuoist with the Musicum Collegium, as well as performances with the Chamber Singers and Choral Society.  Gary has also enjoyed posting Youtube videos with his carillon and organ teacher, David Christensen (UCR Carilloneur), in the UC Belltower.  He is now a full-time lecturer in music theory at UCR and continues to perform nationally and internationally.

MindyMelinda O'Brien completed an MA in ethnomusicology at UC Riverside in 2009, with a thesis project titled, “Music Listening and the American Dream in a Mexican American Community,” advised by Jonathan Ritter.  Melinda is currently an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow for 2015-16 in the Department of Musicology at UCLA. Her dissertation, "Music and Moral Repair in Early Modern France,” explores musical settings of moral poetry in France from 1556-1652. Melinda has undertaken training in print culture and paleography at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris as the Newberry Library Exchange Fellow for 2014-15, and she is currently affiliated with the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France, as she completes her dissertation abroad. Melinda’s secondary research interests, which began during her MA work in ethnomusicology at UCR, are located in sound studies, tone and timbre in popular music, and Chicano/a music production.

Joshua Brown holds a B.A. in history, with a minor in music, from UC Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from UCR. In 2003, Josh lived in Seville, Spain and began his ongoing study of flamenco guitar at the University of Pablo de Olavide. He conducted research in Seville during the 2011-12 academic year, supported by a Fulbright IIE fellowship. This work addresses how Andalusian histories, landscapes and performance spaces relate to musical and social practices within flamenco communities. Also, the Morón style of flamenco serves as a central case study through which Josh evaluates stylistic and performative elements within the context of tradition. For his M.A. thesis, he explored how popular music, American folk ideology and leftist politics converged and intensified at a key folk institution in Los Angeles known as the Ash Grove. Other research interests include the politics of identity and race, cultural memory, social movements, political activism and the bearing of historical conceptions and constructions on the discipline of ethnomusicology.

Dalzell, ToriTori Dalzell completed her PhD in ethnomusicology, with research interests in Nepal, South Asian Christianities, interculturalism, and minority music. Her MA thesis examined the emergence of evangelical Nepali Christian identity through the use of the shared hymn collection entitled Khristiya Bhajan. She recently finished field research for her PhD dissertation, which focuses on how the Dangaura Tharu—one of the larger ethnic groups in southwestern Nepal—use their musical performances to engage in local discourse on ethnic identity as well as navigate modernity, development, and cultural change.

She is the recipient of a Fulbright IIE grant (2012-2013), Gluck fellowship (2009-2010, 2010-2011), and has served as co-chair for the Student Concerns Committee for the Southern California and Hawaii chapter of SEM (2009-2010). Before coming to UCR, she received her B.A. in Music and English from Hollins University in 2008. She de-stresses through baking, going on long walks or hikes, and reading young adult fiction.

Christian Dubeau Christian Dubeau is an L.A. based composer and pianist whose compositions have been described as "transcendently beautiful" (The Highlander Newspaper) and "majestic" (Sequenza21). His music has been heard at festivals such as SPLICE (2016), and at distinguished concert series such as UnSUNG (2016) and has been played by members of the Grammy nominated L.A. Percussion Quartet, the What's Next Ensemble, the Panic Duo, pianist Gary Barnett, and by several other renowned musicians and ensembles. He is the recipient of three Gluck Fellowships for the Arts. Recent commissions include a guitar concerto for the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. As a pianist, he frequently performs his own music in public as well as that of other contemporary composers. He played keyboards with a rock band called Hauk for many years, recording six studio albums, and touring throughout the U.S.A. Christian’s music is heavily inspired by the natural world and current environmental issues. His music ranges from a large array of vocal music, acoustic and electro-acoustic works for chamber ensemble, purely electronic works, works for solo instruments, and works for orchestra. He has also written film music and dance music. Christian also teaches piano, composition, and theory to private students, and teaches group keyboard classes in local elementary schools. He is currently the Co-Director of Sound and Fury Concerts, an L.A. based new music concert series. Examples of his music can be heard on his website: Email:

Toronto-born Audrey Coleman-Macheret has just completed her Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology. Her thesis, Coplas of the Quebrada: Experiencing Culture in Northwestern Argentina deals with a genre of sung poetry that combines Hispanic and indigenous elements. Particularly interested in issues of ethnicity, identity, and agency among marginalized groups in the Americas, she has conducted research on the Guelaguetza celebration in Oaxaca; Hawaiian identity enacted in hula halau in the Southern California Hawaiian diaspora; musical expression in the contemporary workplace; Québecois identity that emerged in the French Canadian folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s; and the klezmer revival of the late twentieth century.

Audrey has produced radio programs for National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other media outlets and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation, the California Council for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Jason Francesco Heath is a Los Angeles based composer. His music has been heard at such diverse venues as Pacifica radio’s Global Village, Sacred Mondays on KXLU 88.9, People Inside Electronics (P.I.E.), Hear Now, What's Next Ensemble at Boston Court; Villa Aurora; CNMAT, The Center for New Music, San Francisco Classical Voice's Music from Other Minds, the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles' Grand Performances, andMicrofest. His Rain Ceremony for viola and live electronics has been declared “an extraordinary piece,” by KPFK’s John Schneider. Jason concentrates on concert music with digital media and instrumental ensembles. His music has been recorded and released by Microfest Records.

(Cropped) Fruchtman, AaronAaron Fruchtman is a musicologist, composer, and conductor. He is on the music history faculty at California Lutheran University. Fruchtman earned his doctorate in musicology from the University of California, Riverside. He also holds degrees in music composition from UC Riverside (M.M.) and the Berklee College of Music (B.M.), as well as an Advanced Studies Certificate in Music for Motion Pictures and Television from the University of Southern California. His dissertation examines film scores of Jewish-themed films and their composers’ social and cultural world in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Fruchtman has presented his scholarship in papers at numerous conferences including the national meeting of the American Musicological Society in Louisville, NYU’s Music and the Moving Image, Youngstown State University’s Jewish Music and Identity, and UCLA’s Thinking Beyond the Canon. He will also present a paper at the upcoming national meeting of the Society for American Music in Montreal in March, 2017.

KendallDavid Kendall completed the PhD in Musicology at UCR in 2010 and his continuing research interests include colonial liturgical music of the Philippines, organology and 19th century wind instrument performance practices.  Formerly a lecturer at UCR, David is now a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of music at La Sierra University.  Additionally, he is a brass instructor at Loma Linda Academy, serves as Music Minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church, is Musical Director of the Armory Band (a 19th-century brass band playing period instruments), and serves on the Board of Directors of the Period Piano Center and Museum and Makibahagi (a Filipino arts and culture organization).  David lives in Riverside with his wife, Shiela, and two daughters, Carmina and Mikaëla.

Jennifer (no.e) Parker is a doctoral candidate in Digital Music Composition with concentration in interdisciplinary composition, no.e has been an electronic musician and Dj since 1992. She earned a B.S. in Textiles and Apparel Design from Cornell University, and an MFA in Digital Art and New Media at UC Santa Cruz, focusing on live non-idiomatic improvisation between electronic and gamelan instruments. From 2003-2005 Parker studied Javanese and Balinese gamelan and Sundanese drumming at the National Conservatory of Art in Yogyakarta, Java on a Darmasiswa grant from the Indonesian Government. no.e has received five Gluck Fellowships for the Arts for her interactive workshop “Developing Sonic Awareness / Music is Everywhere!”.

In 2012 she received a Culver Arts Research Laboratory Residency for the collaborative project, Performance as Process. Parker’s PhD dissertation deals with translating and sonifying data to create a large-scale audiovisual composition, and will be showcased at UCR’s Culver Center for the Arts in 2015.

Payne photoAlyson Payne completed her doctoral studies in 2012, with a dissertation entitled, “The 1964 Festival of Music of the Americas and Spain:  A Critical Examination of Ibero-American Musical Relations in the Context of Cold War Politics,” advised by Dr. Leonora Saavedra.  She received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University, under the direction of Dr. Carol A. Hess.  Her interests include music and politics during the twentieth century as well as music and nationalism.


(Cropped) Regullano, EileenEileen Regullano is received her M.A. in ethnomusicology at UC Riverside. Her research addresses Asian Americans and new media, exploring the relationship between minority (in)visibility and mainstream popular culture through her research. Her research also examines issues of identity politics, transnationalism, and postcolonialism.

Eileen received her Bachelors of Music from Chapman University, where she graduated magna cum laude with emphases in both piano performance and keyboard collaborative arts, as well as a minor in anthropology. While at Chapman, she earned the Edgar Sholund scholarship for excellence in music performance. In addition, she was awarded a Chapman University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her research on Japanese Americans and Japantowns.

Eileen continues to perform both as a solo and collaborative pianist, in addition to participating in the UCR Rondalla Ensemble. She currently serves as Co-Web Editor for the Southern California-Hawai’i Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology with fellow UCR graduate student Elizabeth Wood.

Erica Siegel photoErica Siegel recently finished her PhD in musicology at UC Riverside. She holds a B.A. from New York University, and a M.A. in musicology from the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on twentieth-century music in Britain, particularly in relation to aspects of modernism, nationalism, and gender. Her dissertation examines the early career and reception of composer Elizabeth Maconchy.

In 2014-15, Erica was a Mellon Dissertation Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. She has delivered papers at national meetings of the American Musicological Association (2014) and North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA 2012, 2014). The paper she delivered at the 2012 NABMSA conference, entitled, “‘I’m not making this up, you know!’ The success of Vaughan Williams’s students in America,” was awarded the Nicholas Temperley Student Paper Prize. At UC Riverside, Erica has also been the recipient of a Dissertation Year Program Award (2014), Humanities Graduate Student Research Grant (2013-14), and Anthony Ginter Award (2013).

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERARuss Skelchy earned his Ph.D at UCR in Ethnomusicology. His dissertation focuses on keroncong, an Indonesian folk/popular music, and is specifically a life history of Waldjinah, keroncong’s most renowned vocalist. It examines how this genre has provided a narrative of modernization in postcolonial Indonesia and explores how Waldjinah, as an artist, has helped to bind and give shape to the modern nation by giving tangible form to the abstract idea of national culture. Russ’ research interests include nationalism, popular music subcultures, modernities, cultural syncretism and interethnicities. He is a recipient of the Fulbright IIE Fellowship (2011-2012), the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Graduate Student Research Fellowship (2011-2012), a UC Riverside Humanities Graduate Research Grant (2011-2012), a Gluck Fellowship (2007-2010) and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (2008). He also completed a concurrent M.A. degree in Southeast Asian Text, Ritual and Performance (SEATRiP) at UCR in 2010.

In 2008 Russ established Orkes Pantai Barat (The West Coast Orchestra), a keroncong ensemble comprised of UCR students and faculty that has performed at a number of benefit shows and Indonesian festivals around California. OPB, as they are known, released a full-length album in 2010 and performed at the 2012 Solo International Keroncong Festival held in Surakarta, Indonesia. Please find OPB at

Desmond photoDesmond Stevens received his BA degrees in Music Education and Sociology from UCLA in 2009. He also holds an MA in Musicology from UC Riverside (2011). During his time at Riverside, he focused his studies on the music of nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American classical and popular musics. His thesis investigated the music of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla and the Argentine expectations of national musical identity. Since receiving his master's degree he worked as a music teacher in public middle and high schools in the LA and Orange Counties. Currently he is working as the instrumental music teacher at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove where he is fusing traditional high school instrumental instruction (strings, winds, and percussion) with a specifically tailored curriculum incorporating elements of Western music history, World music history, and Ethnomusicology which reflects the diverse demographics of his school's student body.

Robert Wahl recently finished his PhD in musicology at UC Riverside. Robert earned a Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University with emphasis on classical guitar and a Masters of Arts in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach with a thesis on the music of Paraguayan guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré. His current research explores the influence and significance of Spanish music and musicians in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on the years during Francisco Franco’s rule and the Cold War following the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Spain in 1953. In his free time Robert enjoys playing guitar with friends and family as well as performing in the community with the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts.

Wood, LizElizabeth Wood is received her M.A. at UCR in ethnomusicology. Her research interests include American popular music, specifically jam band culture, and taiko. Liz holds a B.M. in Music Industry from James Madison University in Virginia, and is an active percussionist. While at JMU, she completed an internship at Smithsonian Folkways, an experience that confirmed her interest in pursuing ethnomusicology. She currently holds the position of Co-Web Editor, with fellow UCR grad student Eileen Regullano, for the Southern California-Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology. When she’s not reading or practicing, you can find Liz at Starbucks, hiking, or hanging out around town with her friends.