Serena Yang is a doctoral candidate in musicology at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century music, interdisciplinary studies, cultural studies, and Asian music. Yang holds a bachelor’s degree in violin from National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, and a master’s degree in music history from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (under the supervision of bruce d. mcclung).
Yang’s master thesis, “John Cage and Van Meter Ames: Zen Buddhism, Friendship, and Cincinnati,” focuses on the previously undocumented friendship between John Cage and Van Meter Ames and Cage’s residency at the University of Cincinnati in 1967. Yang is the recipient of the University of Cincinnati’s Graduate Student Governance Association Research Fellowship in 2012. She also presented her paper, “A Historiography of Non-Western Music in the Western Music Narrative,” at the AMS Pacific Southwest Chapter in 2013.
Received a 2016 Nippon Foundation Fellows scholarship for research in Japan.