Current Students


Peter Breithaupt

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Peter is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology from Kalamazoo, MI. He holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013) as well as a Master of Arts in Music Research (2011) and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance (2010) from Western Michigan University. His research has focused on addressing the roles of individual creativity and improvisation in Shona mbira dzavadzimu music from Zimbabwe. After two years of intensive Kiswahili study as a Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellow in the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois, his focus has shifted to exploring the acoustic guitar in eastern and southern Africa especially with respect to a cohort of contemporary singer-songwriters from Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Other research interests include cosmopolitanism, remediation, biography, and the semiotics of performance and listening.

As a percussionist and drummer, Peter has performed in a wide variety of musical settings ranging from orchestral, popular, to improvised, and has worked extensively as a modern dance accompanist. Currently, he performs regularly with Kupira Marimba, a Zimbabwean marimba/mbira band affiliated with the Austin’s Rattletree School of Marimba. Peter is also a dedicated clawhammer banjo player as well as an avid mountain biker and cyclist.

Rose Bridges

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Rose is a third-year Ph.D. student in Musicology. She holds a Master of Music degree in Musicology from Boston University (2015) and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University (2012). She is a native of Detroit, Michigan.

Rose’s current research focuses on music in film and television, especially animation. She recently released the book 33 1/3 Japan: Yoko Kanno’s Cowboy Bebop Soundtrack, as a part of the new 33 1/3 Global series from Bloomsbury. Rose has presented papers on music in Japanese anime, American live-action film and animation, and video games at Music and the Moving Image, the Society for American Music, the North American Conference on Video Game Music, the Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures, and the Boston University Graduate Music Society conference. She is also interested in popular music studies, opera (especially Wagner studies), music and/as politics, and reception studies. Rose has worked as a teaching assistant at UT for History of Music III, Introduction to Western Music and Music of African-Americans.

Outside of her academic work, Rose writes online as a media reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Anime News Network, the most popular English-language anime and manga news site. She previously wrote for LGBT news/lifestyle website Autostraddle.

Hannah Durham

Office location: MBE 3.508

Hannah Durham is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology. She holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in
History and Music (2004, 2009) and completed her Master of Music degree at the
University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Hannah’s research interests include American
popular music after 1950, Modernism, genre, audience, performance studies, and disability
studies. Her dissertation will investigate the discourses surrounding David Bowie and his
music in the post-1970s era—focusing on particular moments between 1983’s Let’s Dance
and his final album Blackstar in 2016.

Hannah has served two terms as Secretary-Treasurer for the Association of Graduate
Ethnomusicology and Musicology Students (AGEMS), and is currently the Teaching
Assistant for the Signature Course American Musicals and American Culture. She has
played French horn for various UT ensembles and has written, recorded, and performed
with several rock bands in and around Austin as guitarist and bassist.

Julianne Graper


Office: MBE 3.410

Julianne Graper is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, currently developing a multispecies ethnographic project on human-bat relationships in Austin, TX and Chiapas, MX. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from Whitman College and a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Oregon.

Julianne’s article “Pussy Riot: Performing “Punkness”; or, Taking the “Riot” out of Riot Grrrl” will appear in the upcoming Songs of Social Protest anthology, published by Rowman and Littlefield International. Her translation of Susan Campos Fonseca’s “Noise, sonic experimentation and interior coloniality in Costa Rica” will also be published later this year, by Oxford University Press. In addition, Julianne acts as a translator of the New York-based music label and performance group, Irreverence Group Music.

A classically trained vocalist and pianist, Julianne performs locally with the UT Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble, as well as the Ars Longa and Inversion vocal ensembles. She has sung with the internationally acclaimed University of Oregon Chamber Choir, including a residency at the Oregon Bach Festival under Matthew Halls and Helmuth Rilling.

She currently works with Dr. Robin Moore on the Latin American Music Review.

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Jordyn Keller


Office: MBE 3.408
Jordyn Keller is a second-year Master’s student in Musicology. She a holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory (2010). Jordyn’s research interests include the music of the Renaissance, issues of gender and sexuality, women’s studies, performance practice, and public musicology. She is currently working on her Master’s Report which will examine Anne Boleyn’s use of music to legitimize her position as queen of England through a discussion of her musical education, practice, and patronage. She is exploring ways of making this research more accessible and has begun work on a digital database which will be published later this year.

Jordyn currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Association of Graduate Ethnomusicology and Musicology Students (AGEMS). She is a Teaching Assistant for MUS 302L: Introduction to Western Music and continues to teach voice and piano lessons privately with Westlake Lessons. She also sings with “Austinato,” UT’s Early Music group.

Jeong-in Lee

Jeong-in Lee is a first year Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Jeong-in received her B.A. in Korean Music from Ewha Woman’s University (Seoul, South Korea) and worked for a number of South Korean government institutions, including the National Gugak Center (former, National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts).

Jeongin received a M.A. degree in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University. Her master’s thesis, “Beyond the Comfort Zone: Female Gugak Musicians Responding to 21st Century Korea,” focuses on the female body in the field of traditional Korean music, or gugak, and examines how their musical practices has empowered female body, strengthened agency, and shifted power dynamics.

Jeongin is primarily interested in gender politics in Korean music. Her current research interests also include Korean traditional music; Korean popular music; music and violence; music and politics; nationalism, modernization, and globalization; gender issues; and transnational feminism.

Sarah Lahasky

Sarah Lahasky is a PhD student in ethnomusicology and a member of the Portfolio Program in Museum Studies. She received a BM in double bass performance and a minor in Spanish from Shenandoah University-Conservatory, and an MM in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include heritage creation and cultural policy-making, especially concerning UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Additionally, she is interested in the ways in which neoliberal economic reform have affected the spaces, supporters, and artists of music with folkloric roots in Argentina.

Sarah recently served as a faculty member for the Austin Bass Workshop and Kansas City Bass Workshop, where she taught introductory classes on Argentine music and coached both workshops’ first “Music of Latin America” bass ensembles. She is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Association of Graduate Ethnomusicology and Musicology Students (AGEMS) and serves on the Student Union Outreach Committee for the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). In her spare time, Sarah enjoys working as an Assistant Learning Specialist for the Academic and Student Services department through UT Athletics.

Peng Liu

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Peng Liu is currently a first-year doctoral student in musicology at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), where he is an assistant instructor for the class “Introduction to Western Music” open to non-music major undergraduates. Peng received his M.Music in musicology from UT-Austin (2016) and B.A. in musicology from China Conservatory of Music (2014) where he was the recipient of the National Scholarship in China. Peng is currently interested in various analytical approaches to Beethoven’s music and 19th-century music in general, including topic theory, music semiotics, music narrative, reception studies, and gender studies. Peng has presented his works at the AMS-Southwest Chapter Conferences in 2015 and 2016, and he will present a paper “An Ironic Comedy: Constructing a Musical Narrative for the Finale of Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 135” at the Second Biennial Brandeis University Graduate Student Musicology Conference in May, 2017. Peng is also actively exposed himself to academic conferences as a volunteer, such as the joint AMS/SMT annual meeting (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), the Seventh Biennial Conference of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music (Austin, TX), International Forum on Comparative Music Theory (Beijing, China), and the 29th International Society for Music Education (Beijing, China). Outside of school, Peng enjoys playing piano, watching movies, hiking and traveling with his friends.

Victoria Mogollón Montagne

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Victoria Mogollón Montagne is a first-year PhD student in Ethnomusicology from Caracas, Venezuela. She holds a BA in Music and a minor in Italian (2016) from the University of Denver and is expecting a MMus in Advanced Musical Studies (2017) from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Her research focuses on nationalism, music and politics, music and violence, cultural policy, and the musical lives of children and minorities in Venezuela and Latin America more generally. Victoria’s interests emerged from personal experiences and her interlocutors’ insight into the difficulty of receiving a music education that preserves one’s artistic potential, cultural traditions, and identity. In the last couple of years, she has presented papers at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE) Annual Conference, the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Annual Conference, and the University of Denver Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium.

As classically trained flutist, she has been a member of the National Flute Orchestra of Venezuela, the National Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and the Denver Youth Artist Orchestra (DYAO). She also counts with some Ghanaian (Ewe) drumming and dancing experience. Additionally, Victoria served as music educator for El Sistema in Venezuela and Denver, Colorado for nearly three years.

She currently works as assistant editor of the Latin American Music Review. with Dr. Robin Moore.

Joseph Ovalle

Office: MBE 3.406

Joseph Ovalle is a PhD student in musicology whose research interests include medieval performance practice, early notation, semiotics, ludomusicology, queerness, and issues of marginalization. Joseph received his BA and MM from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and 2016 respectively. His Master’s Report “Mythical Historicism as Orientation in The Legend of Zelda Series” explored how musical symbolism was utilized to reinforce the narrative chronology of The Legend of Zelda universe. His current research surrounds Gregorian chant and contemporary protest music in indie rock groups such as PWR BTTM, St. Vincent, Mitski, and Angel Olsen.

Kevin Parme


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Kevin Parme is a first year M.M. student in ethnomusicology. Prior to graduate studies, he received his B.A. in English from San Francisco State University, spent a year interning at Smithsonian Folkways, and released two LP’s and two 7 inches under the band name Dimples. His research interests include music of the U.S.-Mexico border, American popular music, punk rock, transnationalism, and post-structuralism. He also works at Texas Folklife, an arts non-profit based out of Austin, TX.

Cary Peñate

Cary Peñate is a PhD student in Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Master of Music degree in Musicology (2015) and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (2012) from the University of Miami. There, she studied with Deborah Schwartz-Kates, exploring the creative work of a number of Ibero-American musicians, including Alberto Ginastera, José Antônio Rezende de Almeida Prado, and Marco Rizo. Her master’s thesis focused on the Cuban composer Marco Rizo who apart from composing for the I Love Lucy show also played an active role in Cuban classical music and the Latin jazz scene in the United States.

Her initial interest in Marco Rizo developed into a curiosity of early Cuban cinema and its relationship with Hollywood as well as other Latin American countries’ film industries. Currently, she studies Latin American music with professor Robin Moore while specializing on film music.  For her dissertation she is interested in early Cuban film music and its representations of the mulata character type in Latin America and the United States.

Outside her academic research, Cary performs classical piano music both as a soloist and in chamber settings. She continues to regularly perform private concerts in Miami, Florida and in Austin, Texas.

Xuan Qin


Office: MBE 3.508

Xuan Qin is a first year doctoral student in Musicology at the University of Texas, Austin. She received her Master’s Degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in 2015, after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Central Conservatory of Music in China. Her primary research interests include nineteenth century opera and gestural performance.

Xuan won the Eileen Southern Travel Grants from AMS in 2013 to attend the annual conference at Pittsburgh. Her paper “Alienation between Music and Poetry: On Cultural Misunderstanding in Alexander Tcherepnin’s Musical Setting of the Chinese Poem Drink Song” was accepted by International Graduate Student Conference in 2014 under the auspices of the International Musicological Society. Her Master’s Thesis titled “Ornament and Gesture – Approaches to Studying Bellini’s Norma and Giuditta Pasta’s Performance.” She presented one part of her thesis in the AMS Southern Chapter in 2014.

Jeannelle Ramirez


Jeannelle is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology. She completed her Masters in Ethnomusicology at UT and holds a dual BA/BFA in Jazz Vocal Performance and The Arts from The New School in New York City. Prior to attending UT, she interned at Smithsonian Folkways in Washington DC and worked as an assistant in an entertainment law practice, where she became interested in copyright and intellectual property.

She is an Americanist focused on the study of popular music. Her research interests include transnational and global flows between Latin America and the United States, Latinx and African American musics, media and technology, sound studies and intellectual property. She is concerned with the ways in which national and ethnic identities are (de)constructed through music. Her research focuses mainly on new Latin Alternative music and related styles that work against hegemonic discourses and challenge the meaning of Latinidad. She has presented papers at the Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains Conference, Princeton University Voz Latina Conference, and the ILASSA conference. Jeannelle is also an independent singer-songwriter and particularly enjoys creating music with computer software.

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Yu Ye


Office: MBE 3.506

Yu Ye is a Ph.D. student in musicology at the University of Texas at Austin. He got a M.A. in musicology from Shanghai Conservatory of Music (2011) with the thesis on the music of Astor Piazzolla and Tango Nuevo. Currently he is working on the doctoral dissertation, dealing with the development of “concert tango” since the 1950s in the context of tango argentino and contemporary classical music. Besides this primary interest, he is also interested in music and media, and is presenting in 2017 Music and the Moving Image conference on the audio-visual design of contemporary one-shot films. His other research interests include the twentieth and twenty-first century avant-garde music, music fusion, and musical nationalism/transnationalism.

Joanna Zattiero


Joanna Zattiero is a PhD candidate and Continuing Fellow in Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance and a Master of Arts in music history from the University of Idaho. Her research specialization is late 19th and early 20th century American music, including historiography, criticism, and the development of popular music throughout the American West. Her Master’s thesis “One Small Girl, a Whole Quartet: Singer/Songwriter Lee Morse” deals specifically with a significant yet often overlooked figure in American popular music of the 1930s and how this figure navigated issues of regionalism and identity, gendered expectations within the musical context of the time, and rapid technological advances in music recording and transmission.
Joanna came to UT-Austin from Utah State University where she was an adjunct professor from 2009-2014, teaching a wide variety of music and arts courses to music majors and non-majors alike. She has presented her research at conferences of the American Musicological Society – Southwest Chapter, the College Music Society, and the Society for American Music, performed the premier of a new work for saxophone through the North American Saxophone Alliance and contributed to their NASA Update online publication, and has appeared on National Public Radio’s Sound Bites program. Prior to Utah State University, Zattiero worked in various roles with the Mid-Columbia Symphony in Washington state and has performed with various ensembles throughout the interior West.
Aside from music, Joanna has a number of diverse interests including hiking, backpacking, and training for and competing in long-distance endurance events on horseback. In her rare spare time, you may find her exploring the local parks and open space with her kids and Saint Bernard cross, Marcato.