Faculty Profile: Brita Heimarck
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, 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. Professor Heimarck has received numerous grants and awards for her work in ethnomusicology, including a Fulbright Award for music studies in Bali, Indonesia (1985–86), a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for doctoral studies in ethnomusicology (1993–97), and a Jon B. Higgins Memorial Scholarship for studies of Indian flute music with the great bansuri master Hariprasad Chaurasia in Bombay, India (1993). She teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars in ethnomusicology, world music, and theoretical or interdisciplinary topics. Professor Heimarck served as President of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology from 2010-2013.