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Graduate Students

Alvaro Lopez
Alvaro Lopez is an electronic musician, composer and sound designer, BM in Composition and Production, and MA in Music Technology. He is currently a PhD candidate in Digital Composition at UCR focused on artificial intelligence for music analysis, generation and composition. Lately, as sound designer and music composer for the game Recollect from UCR Brain Game Center, his work is part of an on-going research project in memory and cognition. He has worked as mix engineer, sound designer and sound track composer for movies, short films and documentaries, alternating with instruction in digital audio for media in Colombian universities. His audiovisual interactive pieces featuring custom-design wireless UI have been part of the New Music Festival in Akron, OH, (2010-2012) playing 1960s analog synthesizers, and UCR is Composing (2015-2017) using gyroscopes and body motion, among others. His experimental audiovisual montages have been presented in several international festivals such as the UCR Film Festival 2016, Extrabismos, La Diáspora, Festival de Cine y Video de San Juan de Pasto, at Barcelona, Lima, Berlin, Bogota, Manizales and Tunja, among others in the last ten years. Email: all0sound@icloud.com
Owain Graham

Owain 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 the internationally renowned performer and teacher, Stephen Robinson. Email: ograh001@ucr.edu

Jessica Margarita Gutierrez Masini

Jessica Margarita Gutierrez Masini is a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with interdisciplinary research interests in feminist and decolonizing methodologies, music of the Americas, and music and identities. She is fascinated by how Native American peoples not only maintain but celebrate and create traditions through music and dance. Jessica has recently completed her M.A. at UCR with an engaged ethnomusicological project titled “Native American Indigeneity through Danza in University of California Powwows: A Decolonized Approach.” She has presented highlights from this research locally at the Southern California and Hawaii Chapter for the Society of Ethnomusicology 2018 Conference, and internationally at the 2018 Graduate Student Music Conference in Toronto, Canada. In 2015, Jessica 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. She currently serves as President of the Music Graduate Student Association at UCR and as Student Representative for the Southern California and Hawaii Chapter for the Society of Ethnomusicology. Jessica’s ultimate goal is to better connect the knowledge practices she learns in academia to the communities she works for and with.

Hannah Snavely

Hannah Snavely is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology at UC Riverside, with research interests in Chilean folk music, gender, and national identity. She plans to conduct dissertation research centered on the Chilean folklorist Margot Loyola and her students, examining the ways that national cultural heritage values and gendered performance aesthetics are taught and transmitted. Hannah holds an MA in ethnomusicology from UC Riverside and a BA in Music and Spanish from Messiah University, Pennsylvania. Throughout her undergraduate years, she studied and interned in various parts of Central and South America, most notably Chile and Panama. With training as a bassoonist, she continues to perform with the UCR orchestra and in the Southern California region. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, baking over Zoom with friends, and searching for the world’s best ice cream. Email: hsnav001@ucr.edu.

Evyn Barb Mingo

Evyn Barb Mingo is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in musicology at the University of California, Riverside.  He completed the Bachelor of Music in 2014, Magna Cum Laude, and, in 2016, the Master of Fine Arts in Music degree in cello performance at the University of California, Irvine.  The Phi Beta Kappa holder studied with the cellist Dr. Maggie Parkins.  His current research interests include the music of early twentieth-century British composers, particularly that of Frank Bridge.  He is further exploring the extent to which European nationalism influenced British musical aesthetics between the fin de siècle and WWII while examining the concept of “Englishness” in music by British composers.  When not musically engaged, he paints and also writes poetry.

Barb Mingo is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside.

Leilani Dade

Leilani Dade is a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology at the University of California Riverside. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Leilani received her bachelor’s degree in music and French at Hollins University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a specialization in classical guitar and a certificate in arts management. While at Hollins, she also studied guitar and music theory at l’Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France as part of the Hollins Abroad Paris program (2011-12).

Leilani received her M.A. from the University of California Riverside in 2017 with a master’s thesis titled Alejandro Caturla and Alejo Carpentier’s La Manita en el Suelo:A Creative (Re)Staging. Her thesis examines nationalism, surrealism, and folklore in Caturla’s unpublished puppet opera, La Manita en el Suelo, and offers a fresh analysis of primary documents with the intent to revive the work through live storytelling and stop-motion animation. She received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship in 2014 and is a returning recipient of the GLUCK Fellowship of the Arts (2014-18) for which she developed two artist-in-residency programs: Cadence and Bolero: A Musical Journey through Space, and Drama and Drums: A Five-Week Music Program in Opera and Folklore based in part on her thesis research.

In 2018, Leilani received the Manolito Pinazo Memorial Award for advanced research in Spanish music. Her dissertation research focuses on French and Spanish nationalism in Spanish composer Joaquin Turina’s stage works. In 2018, she published an article on Turina’s works for guitar titled “Joaquín Turina: Spanish Nationalism and Guitar in The Early 20th Century” in Soundboard Scholar. Leilani is an active classical guitarist and regularly attends the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute at Oklahoma City University where she takes lessons and leads guitar history lectures. She has worked extensively on the Romero family archive which resides at the Tomás Rivera Library at UCR.

Email: ldade001@ucr.edu

Mark Inchoco

Mark Inchoco is a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology at the University of California, Riverside. He is writing a monograph under the direction of Dr. Byron Adams on a history of film music in French cinema from post-World War II to the end of the 1960s. In 2018, Inchoco was the first musicologist awarded as lauréat at the Cité Internationale des Arts, with the support of the Ministère de la Culture de la République Française, the Mairie de la Ville de Paris, and the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

He received his B.A. (Honors; PBK) in English (cum laude) from Temple University where he studied creative writing with Samuel R. Delany and critical theory with Daniel T. O'Hara. Later, he earned an M.A. in historical musicology at the University of California, Riverside, writing a thesis on the collaboration of French composer Antoine Duhamel with Jean-Luc Godard during the Nouvelle Vague period. Inchoco has presented his work at conferences associated with the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, the American Society for Aesthetics, and the national meeting of the American Musicological Society.

In addition to his activities as a musicologist, Inchoco is an accomplished conductor and orchestral trumpeter. He has commissioned and conducted new orchestral works for the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia since 2013. As an orchestral trumpeter, he has performed with several orchestras and opera companies throughout Southern California and the Philadelphia area, most notably in 2014 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Outside of the academy, Inchoco is a writer and radio host. He was managing editor of Hyphen Literary and Arts Magazine at Temple University, and for several years, he was the host and creator of the classical music program, Music School Dropout, at WKDU 91.7FM. He has recently completed a libretto, "The Polite Fifteen Minutes," based on the films of the French New Wave, with music composed by Brian Bunker. He is a second-generation Pilipino American from Philadelphia, PA, and he divides his time in Southern California, the Tampa Bay area, and Paris, France.

Email: minch001@ucr.edu

Pedro López de la Osa

Pedro 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.