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Isidora Miranda

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Isidora Miranda is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Blair School of Music. Her work primarily focuses on the history of music and theater performance in the Philippines in the early twentieth century. She has recently published an article on the Filipina diva Atang de la Rama in the Journal of Musicological Research and is currently working on a book project on the Tagalog zarzuela, cultural nationalism, and constructions of racial and gendered identities through performance during the U.S. colonial period 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 also a recipient of the 2022 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. 

 Miranda received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master's in violin performance and musicology at Western Illinois University. As a violinist, Isi has performed in a variety of ensembles including the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the Julstrom String Quartet, the klezmer act Gasn Duo, and in the Madison-based Forró Fo Sho, playing Northeastern Brazilian dance music.