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 in her fourth year working toward a Ph.D. in Musicology at UT. 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. In 2017 she published the book 33 1/3 Japan: Yoko Kanno’s Cowboy Bebop Soundtrack, as a part of the 33 1/3 Global series from Bloomsbury Press. She is also currently researching and writing a chapter in an edited volume on the history of Japanese anime music. Rose has presented papers on music in anime, American live-action film and animation, and video games at conferences including 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, the University of Texas FLOW Conference in Television Studies, and the Boston University Graduate Music Conference. She is also interested in popular music studies, Wagner studies, constructions of race and gender in music, and reception studies. Rose has worked as a teaching assistant at UT for History of Film Music, 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.

Benjamin Coghan

Benjamin is a PhD student in Historical Musicology at the University of Texas, Austin from Waldorf, MD. He completed a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral Studies and a Bachelor of Music in Music History at The Ohio State University before beginning graduate studies in musicology at Louisiana State University, and transferring to UT-Austin. His research interests include disability studies and music performance/reception, American popular music during the nineteenth century, and has tertiary interests in the music of Fluxus and American opera & art song. While at UT, he has served as both the Colloquium Representative and Co-President of the Association of Graduate Ethno/Musicology Students (AGEMS).

Benjamin has been a member of AMS, AMS-Midwest, AMS-South, AMS-Southwest, and the Society for American Music (SAM). He has presented papers at the annual meeting of SAM (2017), will be presenting at the Music & the Moving Image Conference (2019), and has participated in several regional graduate conferences. As a member of the Austin community he performs with the Capital City Men’s Chorus, enjoys Austin’s paths and parks with his dog Joplin, works with fused glass at the Helios Fused Glass studio, and has a large collection of cactuses and succulents.

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, reception history, performance studies, and disability studies. Her dissertation will investigate the evolving status of the [pop/rock] album throughout the last 40 years and how it informs the creation and perpetuation of artist narratives as well as pop-canonization processes.

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 MUS 231M – History of Music I: Ancient to ca. 1730. 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

Julianne Graper is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, currently developing a multispecies ethnographic project under Dr. Robin Moore on bat-human relationships in Austin, TX and Chiapas, MX. She acted as the assistant editor for the Latin American Music Review for two years, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Whitman College as well as a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Oregon. Her research interests include science and technology studies, multispecies ethnography, protest music, and music of southern Mexico.

Her article “Bat City: Becoming with Bats in the Austin Music Scene” will appear in a special issue of MUSICultures this fall, and her chapter “Pussy Riot: Performing ‘Punkness,’ or Taking the ‘Riot’ out of Riot Grrrl” was recently published as a part of the collection Songs of Social Protest, edited by Dillane, Power, Devereux, and Haynes. She is currently working on a translation of Alejandro Vera’s The Sweet Penance of Music: Musical Life in Santiago de Chile in the Colonial Period for Oxford University Press.

A classically-trained vocalist and pianist, Julianne has performed locally with the UT Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble and the UT Chamber Choir, as well as the Ars Longa and Inversion 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. This spring, she will be singing with the Madison Opera in their production of Russalka.

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Chia-Hao Hsu

Chia-Hao (Eddie) Hsu is a PhD candidate and Continuing Fellow in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a MM in ethnomusicology at UT-Austin (2014) and a BA in dizi (Chinese bamboo flutes) performance from Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan (2009). His broader research interests include: nationalism and indigeneity; vocal anthropology; music and labor; music and cultural rights; music in East Asia.His dissertation will focus on the intersection between musical practices of Taiwanese Aborigines, transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage,and revivalism in contemporary Taiwan. His project has been awarded the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the summer grants from Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

Besides his primary research focus, he is also interested in the institutionalization and pedagogy of traditional music in East Asia. His article “Traditional Music for the People: Chinese Music Departments in the PRC and Taiwan” is published in College Music Curricula for a New Century(2017),edited by Dr. Robin Moore. He has presented his research at The 3rd ICTM forum, ICTM symposium of Study Group on Musics of East Asia, SEM Southern Plains, and will present at 63rdSEM Annual Conference.

As a musician, he continues to perform and record as a bamboo flautist with a variety of styles, including Chinese bamboo flutes and nay. He has participated with several groups, including Sangat(a collaborative ensemble with faculties from National Academy of Performing Arts in Pakistan), Organic Orchestra, UT Middle Eastern Ensemble, and UT Javanese Gamelan Ensemble (under Dr. Slawek and master Rasito from Java).

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 has previously served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Association of Graduate Ethnomusicology and Musicology Students (AGEMS) and the Student Union Outreach Committee for the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). In her spare time, Sarahenjoys 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 a doctoral student in musicology and an instructor of record at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also received his Master of Music in musicology in 2016. Peng obtained his Bachelor of Arts in musicology from China Conservatory of Music in 2014, where he was a recipient of the China National Scholarship. Peng’s research interests center around Beethoven, 19th-century piano music and salon culture, gender and sexuality studies, music and meaning, and Chinese/Chinese American music and identity politics. Peng has presented his research papers at the AMS-Southwest Chapter Conference (2015, 2016, 2019), Brandeis University Graduate Student Conference (2017), Graduate Conference in Music at Bowling Green State University (2018), the 28th Annual Pacific Northwest Graduate Music Conference (2018), Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference (2018), and Music of Asian America Conference (2018). In 2018, Peng was selected as a winner of the Hewitt-Oberdoerffer award for best student paper by AMS-SW chapter. Peng currently serves as a student representative for the AMS-Southwest Chapter (2018-2020) and a co-president for the Association of Graduate Ethno/Musicology Students (AGEMS) at UT-Austin (2018).

Amelia McElveen

Office: 3.404

Amelia McElveen is a second-year Master’s student in Musicology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music General Concentrations in flute from Truman State University in 2017. Amelia’s main research interest is contemporary medievalism in modern Catholic monasteries and symphonic metal music. Her Master’s Report topic is on English chants written since the Second Vatican Council in North American monasteries. Her report will be based around her fieldwork at six monasteries and their development of vernacularism and tourism perspective.

Amelia is currently the Teaching Assistant for MUS 213M: History of Western Music I and ENS 106E: Early Music Ensemble (“Austinato”). Amelia currently serves as Musicology Colloquium Representative for the Association of Graduate Ethnomusicology and Musicology Students (AGEMS). Amelia currently plays the traverso with the Early Music Ensemble.

Jordyn Middleton


Office: MBE 3.408

Jordyn Middleton 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.

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.

Hannah Salmon

Hanna Salmon is a first year PhD student in ethnomusicology. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Temple University in 2017. She is a recipient of the University of Texas Mentoring Fellowship. Her current research interests include identity construction, community building, transnationalism, and protest music, in Israel, Palestine, and the Levant.

Joshua Shank

Yu Ye


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Yu Ye is a Ph.D. candidate 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 Astor Piazzolla and Tango Nuevo. Currently he is working on the doctoral dissertation, dealing with the contemporary tango music in the U.S. and China. Besides this primary interest, his other research interests include music and media, contemporary music in China, the twentieth and twenty-first century music, and musical nationalism/transnationalism. Outside the academic research, he plays piano and bandoneón, and enjoys the experience in the Gamelan ensemble and the Hispanic Caribbean ensemble at the University of Texas at Austin.

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.