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Lester Hu

Assistant Professor My research focuses on the global history of music during the so-called early modern period—both on the time period itself, typically defined as late 1400s to early 1800s, and on its much-debated “early modern” label. Specifically, I study popular songs, operas, tunings, and musical thoughts that flourished in Europe and East and … Continue Reading »

Carmine Emanuele Cella

Assistant Professor Carmine Emanuele Cella is recognized as a computer music researcher and composer.  He holds a Ph.D. in Science, Cognition, and Technology (on mathematical models for sound) from the University of Bologna, a Doctorate in Music Composition from the Accademia Nazionale “S. Ceclilia” in Rome, as well as advanced degrees in piano performance and computer … Continue Reading »

Maria Sonevytsky

Associate Professor 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 … Continue Reading »

Wei Cheng

Director of Choral Programs 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 … Continue Reading »

Delia Casadei

Assistant Professor 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, … Continue Reading »

Emily Zazulia

Assistant Professor My research focuses on Medieval and Renaissance music—in particular, the intersection of musical style, complex notation, and intellectual history.  My first book, Where Sight Meets Sound: The Poetics of Late-Medieval Music Writing (Oxford, 2021), is a wide-ranging study of notational aesthetics in polyphonic music, ca. 1340–1510. For fifteenth-century composers, musical notation assumed … Continue Reading »

Matthew Hough

Director of Musicianship Matthew Hough (b. 1981) is a composer, performer and music theorist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hough relocated to Berkeley, California in 2015 after sixteen years of working in New York City’s eclectic music scene as a composer, performer, writer and educator. His recent creative output includes concert music … Continue Reading »

Ken Ueno

Professor Ken Ueno, is a composer, vocalist, improviser, and sound artist.  His music celebrates artistic possibilities which are liberated through a Whitmanesque consideration of the embodied practice of unique musical personalities. Much of Ueno’s music is “person-specific” wherein the intricacies of performance practice is brought into focus in the technical achievements of a specific individual … Continue Reading »

Mary Ann Smart

Much of my research has focused on social dimensions of opera in nineteenth-century Europe. My first book, Mimomania: Music and Gesture in Nineteenth-Century Opera (2004), drew on textual sources (treatises on acting, staging manuals) and musical evidence to suggest close ties between musical patterns and physical gesture in repertory stretching from the first French grand … Continue Reading »

T. Carlis Roberts

Associate Professor I am a scholar, teacher, and artist devoted to exploring the aesthetic, political, and spiritual potential of performance. My research investigates the connections between sound and social identities, centering on marginalized histories of popular and folk music in the Americas. Specific interests include: interracial musical collaboration, music of enslaved Africans in the U.S. … Continue Reading »

David Milnes

Professor, Conductor, Department Chair David Milnes presently serves as music director of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players. Following early musical studies on the clarinet, piano, organ, cello and voice, he earned degrees from SUNY Stony Book and Yale University His conducting teachers have included Leonard Bernstein, … Continue Reading »

Nicholas Mathew

Professor SHORT BIO Nicholas Mathew is Professor of Music and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. Born in Norwich, in the UK, he was educated at his local comprehensive school, and went on to study music history and the piano at Oxford University, the Guildhall School of Music, and Cornell University. … Continue Reading »