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Lic.Phil. (Zurich [Switzerland]); Ph.D. (California, Los Angeles)

Helena Simonett

Assistant Professor of Latin-American Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature

Current research focuses on the role of religious ceremonies and music to defy the ongoing mestizoization of the indigenous way of life in Northwestern Mexico. Publications include Banda: Mexican Musical Life across Borders (2001, Wesleyan University Press) and En Sinaloa nací: Historia de la música de banda (2004, Asociación de Gestores del Patrimonio Histórico y Cultural de Mazatlán), as well as numerous journal and encyclopedia articles, book chapters, and book, CD, and DVD reviews. Presented papers and lectures throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Australia, and appeared frequently on radio throughout Mexico. Book review editor of the journal the world of music (University of Bamberg, Germany). Member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, International Council for Traditional Music, International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Latin America, Latin American Studies Association, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, College Music Society. Taught at the University of Zurich, 1999. Blair School since 2000.

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