Brita Heimarck


Associate Professor of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology


PhD in Music, Cornell University; MA in Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles; BA Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Music, Brown University.


808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 285


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 in modernization, social and criminal justice, and theorizations of the sacred in 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 (A-R Editions, 2015). 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). Professor Heimarck founded the website, she established the doctoral program in Ethnomusicology at Boston University, and she served as President of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology 2010-2013. Heimarck is currently Co-Chair of a new section of the International Council for Traditional Music entitled, ICTM Study Group on Music and Allied Arts of Greater South Asia (2016-present).