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Norfleet, Dawn

PhD, Columbia University 1997

"'Hip-hop culture' in New York City: The role of verbal musical performance in defining a community"

Paul Yoon to Teach at Bowling Green State University

Congratulations to Paul Yoon, (PhD 2003) who will be assuming a position as an Instructor in the Music Department at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, beginning in 2006-7.

Yoon, Paul

(BA from the University of Michigan with a double major in Philosophy and Music; PhD in Ethnomusicology, Columbia) wrote his MA thesis on "Soh Daiko: Negotiation and Construction of an Asian American Identity." This thesis focused on the difficulties found in presenting a unified pan-Asian identity while performing a uniquely Japanese art form. His dissertation is entitled "The Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens: An Acoustemology of Place and Identity in an Ethnic Church," and was sponsored by Prof. Fox. It was defended in May, 2004. His academic service has included teaching Music Humanities for the Department of Music at Columbia and working as a TA for Asian Music Humanities. He has been a senior editor for Current Musicology. His article “’She’s really become Japanese now!': Taiko Drumming and Asian American identifications” was published in the Winter 2001 issue of Asian Music. His dissertation, sponsored by Prof. Fox, is an ethnography of a Korean Presbyterian church community in Queens, New York.  read more »

Wong, Cynthia

(BM in Piano Performance with Departmental Honors, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1990; MM in Musicology, with emphasis in ethnomusicology, from Florida State University 1993 with a thesis titled “The East is Red: Musicians and Politics of the Chinese Cultural Revolution 1966-76;” MM Education in Arts Administration from Florida State University 1993; MPhil in Ethnomusicology from Columbia 1998) is finishing her dissertation on “'Rock and Roll on the New Long March': Rock, Commerce, and Identity in Late 20th Century China”. read more »

Wilson, James Dale

(BM cum laude 1991 and MM 1993 from North Texas in Jazz Arranging and Music Theory; MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia 1997 with a thesis titled "Fuzhou Flower Shops: Heat and Noise and the Fashioning of New Traditions”; MPhil 1999; PhD 2003). Dr. Wilson's dissertation, was sponsored by Prof. Fox, and was defended in December, 2003, is It is entitled “Dalang Yinyue She: Ritual Performance in the Transnational Context” Dr. Wilson is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Connecticut College. His dissertation research was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship. He is a jazz pianist, and has twice taught the core course in Asian Music Humanities (East and Southeast Asia) at Columbia. He also served as senior editor and sat on the editorial board of Current Musicology. Duriing 2004, Dr. Wilson was a post-doctoral fellow in Asian Studies at Yale University. read more »

Willoughby, Heather

(BA of Music in Music/Music Education from Brigham Young University 1991; MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia 1997 with a thesis on "East vs. West: Perceptions and Issues in New York City's Folk Scenes". MPhil 1999; Ph.D., 2002). Dr. Willoughby's dissertation on "The Sound of Han: P'ansori, Timbre, and a Korean Ethos of Suffering and Lament," sponsored by Prof. Fox, was defended successfully in 2002. Her major field of interest is in traditional Korean music, with a secondary focus on American popular musics. Her research was funded by the Korea Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. Her publications include an article "The Sound of Han: P'ansori, Timbre and a Korean Ethos of Pain and Suffering", Yearbook for Traditional Music 32, 2000:17-30, and she has presented papers at the meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music. IN 2004-5, she held a post-doctoral fellowship as an East Asian Studies Teaching Fellow at Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio. Currently, she is a member of the faculty of Ewha Women's University in Korea.

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Oakes, Jason

(BA from Texas A&M University with a major in psychology; PhD in Ethnomusicology from Columbia, 2004) wrote an MA thesis entitled "The Song Remains the Same: The Negotiation of Authenticity and Identity in Rock Tribute Bands."). His dissertation titled "Losers, punks, and queers (and Elvii too): Identification and "identity" at New York City music tribute events" is on musical simulacra, representation, and mimicry, examining such phenomena as "tribute bands" and Elvis impersonators. His major area of interest is North American popular musics, but he is also interested in Japanese court and theatrical music. read more »

Thompson, Dan

(BA in Music Theory from the University of Vermont; MA and MPhil in Ethnomusicology from Columbia) has completed and defended a dissertation on “The Role of Music in the Creation and Maintenance of Irish Identity in Late-Twentieth-Century New York City”. His primary research area is in Irish music, with secondary interests in American and British rock (particularly the Second British Invasion). Other areas of interests are music and postmodernism and music and aesthetics. Publications include: "The Ingredients of a Masterpiece", Current Musicology 65, 2002, and reviews of “Sweeney's Dream: Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland” (Smithsonian Folkways) and “Northumberland Rant: Traditional Music from the Edge of England” (Smithsonian Folkways) in Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 33, 2001. He has worked as an instructor at Columbia and Brooklyn College and as a guest lecturer at Columbia, The Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music. He has been the head editor of Current Musicology and served as acting director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia.  read more »

Minks, Amanda

has completed and defended (September 2005) her dissertation about Miskitu children's expressive practices and peer socialization on Corn Island, off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. She has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the Fulbright Institute of International Education. She holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. She has served as assistant editor of The Yearbook for Traditional Music and Current Musicology. Her publications include "Growing and Grooving to a Steady Beat: Pop Music in Fifth-Graders' Social Lives", Yearbook for Traditional Music 31, 1999:77-101,and "From Children's Song to Expressive Practices: Old and New Directions in the Ethnomusicological Study of Children", Ethnomusicology 46(3): 379-408.  read more »

Novak, David E.

(B.A., East Asian Studies, 1992. Oberlin College; M.A., Ethnomusicology, 1999. Wesleyan University; Thesis: "The National and the Transnational in the Japanese Underground.") David's dissertation, defended in April 2006 (Japanoise: Transnational Media Circulation and Experimental Music), is a multi-sited ethnography (based on research funded by Fulbright, The Social Science Research Council, and The Mellon Foundation) on the circulation of experimental music between North America and Japan. The project deals with the translocal distribution of media, debates about genre, histories of international avant-garde movements, and local modes of listening and technological mediation in urban networks, showing how marginal practices can articulate critical discourses of globalization. David's other interests include Javanese gamelan, history of sound recording, Karnatic music, and film music. His performing ensembles include Habit Trail and Maestros (a country rock band and a live electroacoustic duo, respectively); the Anthony Braxton Ensemble; cut-up pop group Dymaxion, and Balinese angklung ensemble Chandra Bawana. Publications include: 1996. "Morikeba Kouyate." Liner notes to "Morikeba Kouyate: Music of Senegal" CD;Traditional Crossroads. 2000. Review of "Indonesian Guitars" CD (Smithsonian Folkways). Yearbook for Traditional Music, vol. 32. 2003. "The Global Circuits of Experimental Music." 6-part article, serialized in bi-monthly "C/P" magazine of Osaka City Arts Council, Osaka, Japan.  read more »

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