Professor Sonevytsky’s research focuses primarily on post-Soviet Ukraine, where she has investigated topics such as discourses of sovereignty and “wildness” in post-Soviet Ukrainian popular music, folklore revivals after state socialism, and the effects of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster on the revival of rural musical repertoires. In 2015, Smithsonian Folkways released “The Chornobyl Songs Project: Living … Continue Reading »
Dr. Wei Cheng, originally from Beijing, China, completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in choral conducting at College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cheng is an active clinician, performer, adjudicator, and educator in both the USA and China. Before coming to Berkeley, Dr. Cheng was Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities at Denison University … Continue Reading »
My research focuses on the relationship between voice and politics in Italian 20th-century music. My doctoral thesis examined this relationship by way of Milan in the 1950s-70s. In this way, I investigated a question usually asked about Italian operatic production in the nineteenth century, namely: what is the political role of language—spoken, written, heard, and misheard—in … Continue Reading »
Matthew Hough (b. 1981) is a composer, performer and music scholar based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He relocated to Berkeley, California in 2015 after sixteen years of working in New York City’s eclectic music scene as a composer, performer, teacher and writer. Recent projects include concert music collaborations with pianists Anne Rainwater (Three … Continue Reading »
My work focuses on social dimensions of opera in nineteenth-century Europe. Through various repertoires and critical approaches, the constant in my research is a desire to make sense out of concrete musical elements, by building a lively sense of the settings and mentalities within which the music was originally heard.
I am an ethnomusicologist and popular music studies scholar teaching at Berkeley since 1999. From 1984 to 1998 I taught at the University of Ottawa. My educational background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Université de Montréal in my native Quebec, Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.