Hannah Adamy graduated in 2013 with a BA in Music from The College of New Jersey and in 2015 with an MA in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University. Her master’s thesis “Diva Performativity: Female Body and Voice through Euro-Classical Vocal Pedagogy” considers the image of the opera diva as it relates to the process of operatic vocal training.
Esther DeLozier is a PhD student in ethnomusicology. Her combined love of music and travel led to this profession, in which she works to capture the essence of a performance. Born in Venezuela, DeLozier holds degrees in audio recording from the Indiana University School of Music and in ethnomusicology, communication and film from North Carolina State University. She has been a Recording Editor and an Assistant Producer with Telarc Records, and for several years managed the Audio Department for TNT Latin America, a division of Time Warner.
Gillian Irwin has been a student of ethnomusicology at UC Davis since Fall 2014. Before coming to Davis, she studied music and English at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) and served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At Davis, Gillian specializes in Indonesian music with interests in educational and cultural policy, national identity formation, and the relationship of the region to the nation of Indonesia.
Sarah Messbauer has been a graduate student at UC Davis since the fall of 2011. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in the spring of 2011, receiving a Bachelor’s degree with honors in anthropology and music. While at Muhlenberg, she received the Louise M. Cafouros Award for distinguished scholarship in the field of anthropology, as well as the Class of 1969 Award for Promising Work in the Field of Music.
David A. Roby was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He started studying piano at age 5, and has since become a professional recording multi-instrumentalist. He is self-taught on mandolin, tenor banjo, fiddle, trumpet, guitar, bass, accordion, tin whistle, and bodhrán. David Roby is a member of the recording project Dance the Bridge with long-time friend Damon Gentry. Dance the Bridge has recorded two EPs and one full-length LP, which is also available at iTunes.
Davin Rosenberg grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and is a third-year PhD student in ethnomusicology at University of California, Davis. His current research focuses on North American flamenco and explores musicking and dancing in the (re)construction of time, space, and (sense of) place; performance temporalities; kinesthetic and sonesthetic impacts of performance; and transnational musicocultural flows and interrelationships.