Grady Ballenger Series

Recognizing Opportunity in Crisis: Will a Liberal Arts Degree Deliver?

Dr. Janet Sturman, Professor of Ethnomusicology at The University of Arizona will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Sturman, an ethnomusicologist and pianist, joined the University of Arizona School of Music faculty in 1995. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in New York City, her M.A from Hunter College – CUNY, and her B.M. from Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio. Prior to teaching at the U. of Arizona she taught at the Louisiana Scholars’ College where she served as Assistant Professor of Humanities and directed the College’s Fine and Performing Arts Concentration.

She is the author of Zarzuela: Spanish Operetta, American Stage (University of Illinois Press, 2001). Her research centers on the role of music in the maintenance, creation, and projection of ethnic and social identity. Her special interest in American multicultural practice has led to studies of music in the American Southwest, as well as Spanish and Latin American expressions. Additional interests concern the role of technology and the entertainment industry in shaping musical expression and cultural responses to music.

Her scholarly publication includes articles and reviews in The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Current Musicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology, The World of Music, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Louisiana Folklife. Her editorial work includes serving as review editor for The World of Music Journal from 1995-2001. An active member of several professional organizations, including the College Music Society, the International Council for Traditional Music and the Society for Ethnomusicology, Dr. Sturman is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Society for Ethnomusicology and for the College Music Society.