Gage Averill (PhD 1989, University of Washington) is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia. An ethnomusicologist specializing in music of the Caribbean and North America, he served as President of the Society for Ethnomusicology 2009–11. Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony (Oxford 2003) won book prizes from the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for American Music. A Day for the Hunter: A Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti (Chicago 1997) received a best book by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Alan Lomax in Haiti, 1936–37, was named an Outstanding Project (2010) by the Clinton Global Initiative, earning two Grammy Nominations.
Thomas Christensen’s scholarly research centers on the history of music theory. Fundamental to his work has been a desire to situate the many intellectual frames, arguments and linguistic models used by writers in the early modern period deeply within cultural discourses. Hence, as one example, Christensen’s 1993 monograph on Jean-Philippe Rameau attempts to analyze his music theory as a complex response to both the empirical as well as synthetic values of Enlightenment science.
Nathan Hesselink’s research broadly encompasses the topic of rhythmic play and social meaning, firstly in South Korean traditional percussion genres and more recently in British rock music. He received his PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of London, SOAS, and was a postdoctoral research fellow in Korean studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to visiting posts at the University of Chicago and the Academy of Korean Studies, in 2012 he was Trinity Term Visiting Research Associate, St. John’s College, University of Oxford.
Anna Maria Busse Berger (UC Davis)
Karol Berger (Stanford)
Mark Evan Bonds (UNC Chapel Hill)
David Brodbeck (UC Irvine)
Stephen Hinton (Stanford)
Raymond Knapp (UCLA) Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis)
Tony Sheppard (Williams College)
Elaine Sisman (Columbia)
Acclaimed musicologist and pianist Valentina Sandu-Dediu was born on November 27, 1966, in Bucharest. She is presently a professor at the Department of Musicology and Education at the National University of Music Bucharest (NUMB), and has been a Permanent Fellow at the New Europe College, Bucharest, since 2010.