Victor Coelho, Chair

Marié Abe, Assistant Professor
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Marié Abe holds an MA and a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a degree in sociology, anthropology, and ethnomusicology from Swathmore College. Her scholarship explores politics of space and sound, critical cultural theory, and Japanese popular performing arts. Other research interests include cultural advocacy, ritual music in Bali and Thailand, the global circulation of tango, the accordion and immigrant communities in California, anti-nuclear movement and music in Japan, and afro-futurism in the United States. [more…]

Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Assistant Professor
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Michael Birenbaum Quintero received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Ethnomusicology at New York University. His research focuses on the music of the black inhabitants of Colombia’s Pacific coast region. His book, Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia’s Black Pacific is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. It examines the feedback, interference, and overlap between different experiences of currulao music – as ritual sonority (“rites”), political resource (“rights”) and popular music (“rhythms”) – by tracking their historical emergence, development, and maintenance or abandonment as systems of meaning that frame musical sound at the present-day conjuncture of neoliberalism, cultural mobilization, and civil war in Colombia. [more…]

Karl Haas (F 2016), Lecturer

Victor Coelho, Professor, Chair
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BA, Berkeley; PhD, UCLA. A musicologist and performer of international distinction, Professor Coelho works primarily in the areas of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian music, as well as popular music. His areas of research include Renaissance and Baroque instrumental styles, lute music, performance practice, interdisciplinary approaches, and cross-cultural perspectives. As a specialist on popular music, he is interested in African-American music, rock history, improvisation, and performance issues, and has appeared on the Fox Network, the CBC, WGBH, and MTV. [more…]

Brita Heimarck, Associate Professor
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PhD, Cornell University; MA in Ethnomusicology, UCLA; BA Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Music, Brown University. Dr. Heimarck is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in the shadow play music of Bali, Indonesia and Indian classical music. She is the author of Balinese Discourses on Music and Modernization: Village Voices and Urban Views (Routledge, 2003), and Gender Wayang Music of Bapak I Wayan Loceng from Sukawati, Bali: A Musical Biography, Musical Ethnography, and Critical Edition (Madison: A-R Editions, forthcoming in 2015), as well as other articles and reviews. She combines knowledge of music in its cultural and historical context with critical theory, non-Western discourses, and performance. [more…]

Miki Kaneda, Assistant Professor (on leave, 2016-2017)
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As a scholar and teacher, Miki aims to increase meaningful conversations between researchers and practitioners of sonic and visual arts in order to address the relationship between politics, culture, and the arts in ways that reach beyond institutional boundaries. Trained in musicology and ethnomusicology, her research interests and publication topics include the transnational flows of experimental music, graphic scores, art and the everyday, and media ecologies in postwar Japan. Her current book project, titled “The Unexpected Collectives: Intermedia Art in Postwar Japan,” is an ethnographic and historical study that uses intermedia (a kind of multimedia art) as a vehicle to examine collaborative artistic and social processes in postwar Japan. [more…]

Joshua Rifkin, Professor
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B.S., The Julliard School; M.F.A., Princeton University. Joshua Rifkin’s life as a musician and scholar has spanned Renaissance motets and ragtime masters, Bach cantatas and Baroque Beatles. He has conducted major orchestras, ensembles, and opera companies throughout much of the world, and compiled an extensive discography ranging from the fifteenth-century chanson master Antoine Busnoys to Mexican modernist Silvestre Revueltas. The Bach Ensemble, which he founded in 1978, won Britain’s Gramophone Award for its pathbreaking recording of the Mass in B Minor, and has toured widely in the U.S. and Europe. [more…]

Andrew Shenton, Associate Professor
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Andrew Shenton is a scholar, prize-winning author, performer, educator and administrator based in Boston, Massachusetts. Born in England, his first professional music training was at The Royal College of Music in London, where he studied under a scholarship from The Royal College of Organists. While at the RCM he read for a B.Mus. degree at London University and was an organ scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral. After graduating he was appointed Director of Music at St. Matthew’s Church in Northampton and Lecturer in the Humanities at Leicester University. In 1991 Andrew Shenton moved to the US to study for a Master’s degree at the Institute for Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts at Yale University and then for a Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard University. His Master’s thesis concerns the renaissance of sacred art after 1945 in Britain, and his doctoral dissertation is a musico-linguistic study of the twentieth-century French mystic composer Olivier Messiaen. [more…]

Jacquelyn Sholes (2016-2017), Lecturer
Ph.D., M.F.A., Brandeis University; B.A. summa cum laude (music and mathematics), Wellesley College. Dr. Sholes works primarily on repertory of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, focusing especially on Austro-German and American music. Her recently completed book project, Historical Reference and Inter-Movement Narrative in Brahms’s Instrumental Music (Indiana University Press, 2017), provides close readings of music spanning Brahms’s career, from the early piano sonatas to the Fourth Symphony, demonstrating that Brahms’s well-recognized propensity for allusions to works of earlier composers has unappreciated implications for his handling of form and narrative across movements of individual pieces. [more…]

Jeremy Yudkin, Professor
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Professor Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music at Boston University, Associated Faculty of the Department of African American Studies, and Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University. He has also taught as Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Professeur Invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. Dr. Yudkin received his BA and MA in Classics and Modern Languages from Cambridge University in England and his PhD in Historical Musicology from Stanford University. Professor Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz. He has taught classes on medieval polyphony, the Beatles, Beethoven, Bartok, and Miles Davis, among many others. He has been nominated six times for Boston University’s highest teaching award. Jeremy Yudkin is perhaps best known for his definitive textbook Music in Medieval Europe and his highly successful music appreciation textbook Understanding Music, which is used by approximately twenty thousand students across North America every year. [more…]

Rachana Vajjhala, Assistant Professor of Music (BA, BM, Johns Hopkins University and The Peabody Institute; MA, Georgetown University; PhD, Berkeley) works on French music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a focus on the relationships between music and dance, the music of Chopin, and interdisciplinary connections between history, performance, and literature.

Distinguished Senior Scholar

    Lewis Lockwood
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    BA, Queens College of the City University of New York; PhD, Princeton University. Lewis Lockwood is a musicologist of international distinction and renown. His scholarship on Renaissance music and Beethoven studies includes several award-winning books and more than a hundred articles and reviews. This depth of scholarship is matched by an impressive list of editorial and administrative accomplishments, including terms as the Editor of the Journal of the American Musicology Society (1964-1967), President of the American Musicological Society (1987-1988), and as the founding Editor of the yearbook Beethoven Forum (1992-2007). His book Music in Renaissance Ferrara (1984) received the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society, and his Beethoven: the Music and the Life (2003) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the category “Biography”. The Lewis Lockwood Award of the American Musicological Society is also named in his honor. [more…]

    A listing of former faculty members is available.