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Isidora Miranda

Postdoctoral Scholar

Isidora (Isi) Miranda is currently a Provost Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music. As a scholar of music in colonial contexts, Miranda's work primarily focuses on the history of music and theater performance in the Philippines. Her research has been supported by various grants, including the American Musicological Society's resident fellowship at the Newberry Library and the Mellon Research Fellowship on Original Sources by the Council for Library and Information Resources. She is currently at work on a book manuscript on the Tagalog zarzuela, cultural nationalism, and constructions of racial and gendered identities during the U.S. colonial period in the Philippines.

Miranda received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music. At UW-Madison she was also a fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and at the Institute for Research in the Humanities.

Miranda is also a violinist, having earned degrees in performance at the University of the Philippines and at Western Illinois University. She has performed in various orchestras including the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra, the Asian Youth Orchestra, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. At Western Illinois University, she performed with the faculty ensemble Julstrom String Quartet. Miranda was also recently a member of the Madison-based Forró Fo Sho, playing Northeastern Brazilian dance music.