Programs: Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Marié Abe

Marié Abe is Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, and an affiliated faculty at the African Studies Center and American and New England Studies Program at Boston University. Her recent book, Resonances of Chindon-ya: Sounding Space and Sociality in Contemporary Japan (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), is an ethnographic exploration of the politics of space and […]

Michael Birenbaum Quintero

En español 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 (Oxford University Press, 2019), examines the feedback, interference, […]

Victor Coelho

Musicologist and performer Professor Coelho (on sabbatical, Spring, 2020) is a specialist in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian music, as well as popular music. His areas of research include Renaissance and Baroque instrumental styles, popular music, interdisciplinary approaches, and cross-cultural perspectives. As a specialist on popular music, he is interested in Blues, rock history, improvisation, and performance […]

Brita Heimarck

Dr. Heimarck is Associate Professor of Music at Boston University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars in ethnomusicology, world music, and theoretical or interdisciplinary topics, including Music and Mysticism, Music and Politics, and Music, Race, and Migration. Heimarck specializes in the shadow play music of Bali, Indonesia and Indian classical music, with an interest […]

Miki Kaneda

Miki Kaneda’s research focuses on transcultural crossings and the entanglements of race, gender, power, and colonial residues in experimental, avant-garde and popular music in the 20th and 21st centuries. Trained in musicology and ethnomusicology, she has published on topics including the transnational flows of experimental music, graphic scores, art and the everyday, and media ecologies. […]

Gregory Melchor-Barz

Gregory Melchor-Barz is an ethnomusicologist who has engaged field research in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Israel. He received the PhD from Brown University and the MA from the University of Chicago. A former opera singer, Melchor-Barz’s latest book is a co-edited volume titled Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (Oxford). In addition, he has co-edited The […]

Joshua Rifkin

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, […]

Andrew Shenton

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 […]

Jeremy Yudkin

Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music, Co-Director of the Center for Beethoven Research,  Associated Faculty of the Department of African American Studies, Associated Faculty of the Elie Wiesel Center of Jewish Studies, and former chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University; and former Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University. He […]