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Music Grad Students

PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology

As a student in the cross-cultural musicology program, I value contributions from multiple disciplines.

Interests: Italian-American communities, accordion, Neapolitan song, opera.

PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Cross-Cultural Musicology Student
DMA Composition Student
Ph.D. Candidate
MA Composition Student

Ben Dorfan is a composer, pianist, and music teacher. With a B.A. in Music from Oberlin College, he is currently pursuing his M.A. in Music Composition at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

PhD. Student
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology

Joseph Finkel is a second year Ph.D. student studying musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts at degree at Youngstown State University in Ohio and his Master of Arts degree at Arizona State University.

DMA Student in Composition
Ph.D. Candidate

I arrived in Santa Cruz from Bogotá where I taught courses in music appreciation, musical cultures of the world, and “common practice” harmony, among others. My current research interest is in the politics of representation involved in the making of non-Colombian styles of cumbia.

D.M.A. Student
DMA Student in Composition
D.M.A. Student
MA Student in Performance Practice (Percussion)
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
Ph.D Ethnomusicology Student
DMA Student in Composition
Ph.D. Student
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
Ph.D. Candidate, Teaching Fellow

Ryan Lambe is a Ph.D. Candidate studying cross-cultural musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of performance and emotion in US queer open mics examined through queer and critical race lenses.

PhD Musicology Student
D.M.A. student

James “Ike” Minton is a composer, keyboardist, and oboist. Currently a D.M.A. student in composition at the University of California Santa Cruz, he has also studied at Southern Illinois University and the University of Hawai’i Mānoa.

D.M.A. Student
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
Ph.D. Student
D.M.A World Music Composition Student
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
MA Student in Ethnomusicology
D.M.A Composition Student
D.M.A. Student
DMA Student in Composition