Ph.D. ethnomusicology

Jorge Arevalo (ABD)

Vincenzo Cambria (Fulbright/Capes Grantee) (ABD)

Vincenzo Cambria received a BA in D.A.M.S. (Disciplines of Art, Music, and Performing Arts) from the University of Bologna (Italy), and a MA in ethnomusicology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He has conducted research on the music of Candomblé religion and on the music of “blocos afro” in Bahia (Brazil). His current research focus is the relationship between music and violence in some favela communities of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Jennifer Caputo (ABD)

Bill Carbone (ABD)

Bill Carbone has a B.A. in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University where he is currently knee-deep in the PhD program as well. During his M.A., Bill focused primarily on Caribbean musics, particularly those from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, exploring the assimilation of regional music elements into globally marketed popular forms. He has switched gears for his PhD dissertation and is currently investigating the Harlem, NY organ-jazz scene in the interest of compiling a history of its performers as well as considering their ongoing influence vis-à-vis sampling and revival movements. Bill is also an active performer who drums in reggae, jazz, and rock groups throughout New England and New York. His personal webpage is and some of his music is posted at

Fugan Dineen (ABD)

Ian Eagleson (ABD)

Joy Lu, Chia-Yu (ABD)
Joy Lu is a musician, scholar, educator, and conductor. She received a B.A. in erhu (Chinese two-string fiddle) performance from National Taiwan Normal University, and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Sheffield, U.K. She researches Chinese and Taiwanese music, with an emphasis on folk songs, ritual music, instrumental music, music and gender, minority, cultural tourism and modernity. Joy is an active erhu performer, playing in Taiwan, China, Europe and America.

Tim Eriksen

Garrett Field

Garrett Field received a B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemplative Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. A student of South and North Indian classical music, Field has practiced the former since 1999. His MA thesis explored the South Indian classical improvisations of Mandolin U. Shrinivas. Field’s dissertation investigates the Sinhala Poetry-Song of the Sri Lankan national renaissance, with a special focus on the works and careers of Sunil Santha, Ananda Samarakone and W.D. Amaradeva from 1940 to 1960.

Joseph Getter (ABD)

Joseph Getter received a B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan, with a thesis on South Indian music in the United States. As a Ph.D. candidate at Wesleyan, he is researching Tamil film music. Joseph teaches world music at Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven. He also accompanies theater and modern dance, teaches music privately, co-directs a children’s gamelan, and has appeared in many concerts in India, Indonesia, and throughout the eastern US. His writing on the music of India has been published by Wesleyan University Press and in the journal Ethnomusicology.

Nicholas Hockin (ABD)

BFA Music, York University (1989) MA Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University (2003)
Working title of dissertation: “Drumming Modernity: Musical Transformation and the Rise of the Jenbe in Bamako, Mali.”
Interests: The Mande cultural area; urbanization in West Africa; tradition, modernity, and processes of change; music and identity; music and dance; drumming in Mali, Guinea, Senegal, the Gambia, Ghana, Cuba, Brazil, South India, and central Java; Shona mbira.

Christopher J. Miller (ABD)

Chris Miller is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar. He holds a B.A. from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and an M.A. from Wesleyan. He is active as a performer and teacher of traditional Javanese gamelan music.
His article “Orchids (and Other Difficult Flowers) Revisited: A Reflection on Composing for Gamelan in North America” was recently published in the world of music.
He is currently completing his dissertation on Indonesian musik kontemporer. With the working title “Nativist Cosmopolitanism and Radical Traditionalism: Making Modern Music in Indonesia,” the study investigates the place of artistic experimentalism in a modernizing postcolonial context.

Sie Ai Ng

Sie Ai Ng received a B.Mus (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University Malaysia Sarawak. She has conducted fieldwork with the Bidayuh of Selako-Lara and Bukar Sadong in the southwest region of Sarawak. In 2004, with a grant from the United Nations Development Programme and Global Environmental Facility (UNDP-GEF), she produced a 20-minute documentary film, Voices of Loagan Bunut, which features the instrumental, dance, and vocal music of the Iban, Berawan, and Penan living in the periphery of Loagan Bunut National Park. Her continued research interests include music of Borneo and Malaysia; ethnicity and multiculturalism in Malaysia; Sarawak’s rainforest music and the environment; and cultural tourism and commodity.

Aaron Paige

Amanda L. Scherbenske (ABD)

Amanda L. Scherbenske is currently working on a dissertation entitled “The Construction of the Individual through Composition, Improvisation, and Creativity.” Her research areas include the so-called experimental or creative musics of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as Jewish and Eastern European musics. She is particularly interested in the confluence of the politics of mind and body as expressed through discourses on improvisation and composition and how these come to bear on the construction of individuals in American musics. In 2007 Amanda completed her M.A. thesis “The Making of Folksmentshn: The Culture of Klezmer Transmission” at Wesleyan University. Amanda enjoys singing Yiddish songs in her living room with her well-trained coloratura soprano canine co-dweller, Om.

Peter Steele

Pete Steele is a musician, scholar and composer whose interests focus on the Balinese performing arts.  He has an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia.  His thesis focuses on compositional developments in contemporary music.  As an active performer and composer, he has had several of his works performed at the annual Bali Arts festival. He has also helped produce music for independent Balinese artists. His own music will be featured on an upcoming CD by the New York based ensemble, Gamelan Dharma Swara.

Peter currently teaches classes on Balinese music at Wesleyan University and ethnomusicology at Central Connecticut State. His research interests include intellectual histories, music analysis, and the relationships between music, ethnography, and cultural identity.

Po-wei Weng (ABD)

Po-wei Weng (M.A. ethnomusicology, Wesleyan University; M.A., musicology, National Taiwan University) is currently a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University. His musical career began with a ten-year professional training in Peking opera as both musician and actor. He was a Chinese flute major in the college and a winner of several Chinese flute competitions in Taiwan. Since he came to the United States in 2004, he has been an active performer of Chinese flute and Javanese gamelan, and also an instructor of Peking opera percussion. As a scholar, Weng has published articles on Chinese operatic and traditional music in Taiwan. His M.A. thesis, “Dynamic Interaction: Significance and Communication in Peking Opera Percussion Music” (2006), explores the complex signification system of Peking opera percussion, examining how these musical conventions are contextualized into an active and interactive process of performance-building. Weng has also conducted extensive fieldwork on ritual and folk music of Penghu archipelago in southwestern Taiwan, which has resulted in two co-authored books: The Shao-Fa Ritual Music in the Penghu Archipelago (The Bureau of Culture, Penghu County, 2005) and Nanguan and Bayin Music in the Penghu Archipelago (BCPC, 2004). At the doctoral level, Po-wei Weng expands his research interests into film/TV music, music and technology, and music, globalization and post-colonialism. His recent research focuses on the soundscapes of Pili budaixi, a techno-mediated, televised puppetry, and the music in Chinese wuxia/kungfu movies.

Yang Min

Min Yang holds a B.A. in musicology/ethnomusicology and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she received systematic training in the practice, theory, and history of Chinese folk and traditional music. Her research interests are music of China and music and gender.

Dustin Wiebe

Dustin Wiebe is an ethnomusicologist and classical guitarist whose diverse musical and scholarly interests include everything from Cuban classical guitar literatures, to syncretistic theory, and traditional Balinese music.  He regularly performs in both Western and Eastern musical idioms and has been featured in concerts at Kilborn Hall (Rochester, NY), Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall, The Living Arts Centre (Mississauga, ON), Pantages Playhouse Theatre (Winnipeg, MB), Collège D’Alma (Alma, QC), Lincoln Hall (Ithaca, New York), Panggek Menmersi (Denpasar, Indonesia), and the GC Centre (Sanur, Indonesia).  His recordings have been heard on local and national broadcasts, including CBC radio.  In 2007 he completed a masters degree in classical guitar performance at the Eastman School of Music under the artistic direction of Dr. Nicholas Goluses.

In addition to Dustin’s performance interests, he is also an active researcher and music scholar whose recent projects have involved the cultural syncretism of Western church music with indigenous musical traditions.  He completed his MA in ethnomusicology at the University of Rochester, and has been the recipient of many significant scholarships, fellowships, and academic awards including the Maria Martens Music Award (Canadian Mennonite University), the D’Addario Scholarship (Peel Music Festival), the Dharmasiswa Scholarship (Indonesian Government), T. Temple Tuttle Prize (SEM, Niagara Chapter), and major entrance scholarships at the University of Rochester and Wesleyan University.  He has also received research and professional development funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Eastman School of Music.  Dustin is currently on the faculty at the Green Street Art Center and a PhD student in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University where he also works as a teaching assistant.

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