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PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
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
DMA Student in Composition

Rodrigo Barriga is a Mexican composer, and performer. His work explores group relationship and communication through the use of openness and guided improvisation.

DMA Student in Composition

Nina Barzegar is an Iranian composer and actress, and is currently a DMA student in Composition at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also has a Bachelor of Piano Performance and a Master of Composition from the University of Tehran in Iran.

PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology

Through my UCSC Ph.D., I hope to continue an academic career that incorporates performance, teaching, and research. As a Ph.D. student, my research interests center on issues of performativity, gender, and sexuality in the vocal music of early modern Italy and Spain.

DMA Candidate in Composition
PhD Candidate in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
DMA Student in Composition

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 Candidate in Cultural Musicology

Kira Dralle is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Musicology at the University of California Santa Cruz.

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.

PhD Candidate in Cross-Cultural Musicology

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.

DMA Candidate in Composition
DMA Student in Composition
MA Student in Performance Practice (Percussion)
MA Student in Performance Practice (Voice)
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Candidate in Cross-Cultural Musicology
DMA Student in Composition
PhD Candidate in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
DMA Student in Composition
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 Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology

David Long has been an accompanist, music director, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator in the Santa Cruz County and greater Bay Area since 2002.

DMA Student in Composition

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.

DMA Candidate in Composition
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Candidate in Cross-Cultural Musicology

Alexander (Alec) Nunes is a Ph.D. candidate in cross-cultural musicology. Until recently, his research examined Japanese American traditional music practices in California as its participants navigated tradition, gender, sexuality, white supremacy, and the legacy of anti-Asian sentiment.

PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
DMA Candidate in Composition
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Student in Cross-Cultural Musicology
PhD Candidate in Cross-Cultural Musicology
DMA Candidate in Composition
DMA Student in Composition
DMA Student in Composition

Rita Zhang is currently based between San Francisco and Nanjing, China. As a pianist, educator, composer and producer, her works include music written for the concert stage, film, and commercials. Her music explores notions of music perceptions and intuitions.