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Music Grad Students
Ontario Alexander (he/him) is a Cross-Cultural Musicology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His area of study includes historical musicology in the French Baroque period and the roles of colonial history and theory in music.
As a student in the cross-cultural musicology program, I value contributions from multiple disciplines.
Interests: Italian-American communities, accordion, Neapolitan song, opera.
Lydia Barrett is in the PhD program in cross-cultural musicology.
Rodrigo Barriga is a Mexican composer, and performer. His work explores group relationship and communication through the use of openness and guided improvisation.
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.
Keshav Batish is a multi-instrumentalist music-maker, whose work expresses networks of sonic kinship through dialogue across cultures, with emphasis on Afro-Asian diasporic interrelationships. He is a hereditary practitioner of South Asian musics, trained by his father Pt. Ashwin Batish.
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.
Christopher Everingham is a composer, bassoonist, bass guitarist, and improvisor. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Christopher performed as the contrabassoonist for the Missoula Symphony from 2009 to 2019. In 2019, Christopher moved to California to study music at CalArts.
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.
Nelsen Hutchison grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he began playing guitar and developing an eclectic taste for music at a young age.
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.
David Long has been an accompanist, music director, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator in the Santa Cruz County and greater Bay Area since 2002.
Ms. Nabatian is a PhD student at UCSC and a musician specializing in Balkan and Turkish folk music. Her current research focuses on issues in migration and belonging for Iranian musicians in Western Turkey
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.
Balakrishnan Raghavan is an accomplished musician, researcher, and educator. He is a doctoral student in cross-cultural musicology at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Savanna is a 4th year on the cross-cultural musicology Ph.D. track. She has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Music from the University of California Davis. She is interested in teaching popular music courses specifically centered around rock n’ roll from the 1960’s in America.
Stephanie Valadez is the Artistic Director and Chair of the Board for Xicameri Productions, a 501(c)3 organization that uplifts the voices of under-represented communities and promotes justice and equal opportunity through its thought-provoking music and dance. She enjoys collaborative and multi
Alex Wand is a composer interested in folk music, multispecies flourishing, social practice art, and dance/multimedia collaborations.