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Chris Ballengee (, holds B.A. in Music from Lenoir-Rhyne College (2003) and a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University (2005). At UF, Chris teaches Introduction to World Musics and is completing a PhD in Ethnomusicology with a research focus on the music of Trinidad & Tobago, especially Indo-Trinidadian tassa drumming. Chris is also an award winning songwriter and pie enthusiast.

Samantha Ryan Barnsfather ( is a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology at UF under the tutelage of Dr. David Z. Kushner. She received her B.A. in Voice and History from Campbellsville University and M.M. in Music Education (Elementary/Middle School Emphasis) from Belmont University. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century British and Polish music, nationalism, music and gender, queer musicology, and the works of Frederick Delius and Ronald Stevenson.


Emily Bell ( is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology/Music History at the University of Florida. Her dissertation topic explores expressionism in Italian music and art, touching on works by the composers Gian Francesco Malipiero, Luigi Dallapiccola, and Luigi Nono, and the visual artists Amedeo Modigliani, Medardo Rosso, and Mino Maccari. Emily received her M.A. in Arts Administration from Florida State University and her B.M. in Voice Performance from Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music.

Christopher Cary ( is a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology at the University of Florida. He is currently conducting dissertation research in Krakôw, Poland on a Fulbright scholarship. Cary holds degrees from Stetson University (BA, BM) and the University of Florida (MM). His research interests include musical and socio-cultural explorations of contemporary Poland and Turkey; 20th-century American music; American popular music; and classical guitar studies. Cary is an active classical guitarist and pedagogue.


Ling Fung Chan (, a Ph.D. student in historical musicology at UF, is a graduate assistant with the musicology department and the piano accompanist of the opera workshop. At UF she received the International Center Certificate of Outstanding Achievement. She holds the piano degrees from the Carnegie Mellon University (MMus) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (BMus). Her research focuses on Enrique Granados's piano works and theatrical works.

Michelle (Chiung-wen) Chang ( holds a Masterís Degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Music Education from National Taipei University of Education in Taiwan. At UF, Michelle was a Graduate Assistant and taught Introduction to World Musics. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology and conducting her dissertation on explaining how the political and social phenomena in Taiwan are embedded in the teaching and learning of "homeland music."

Gabriel Ferraz ( is a Brazilian musician pursuing a PhD in musicology at the University of Florida, where he is a TA. At UF he received the International Center Certificate of Outstanding Achievement. He holds a M.M. in musicology from the University of São Paulo. He finished the coursework for a M.M. in piano performance at Miami University (OH), where he was a graduate/teaching assistant.

Jack Forbes (, is a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at UF, where he held a University Alumni Fellowship. Currently, Mr. Forbes is an adjunct lecturer in UF's Center for Latin American Studies and will begin his dissertation research in early 2009, funded by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA program. His research interests include Guatemalan marimba, music and politics, performance theory, and hip-hop.

Olga Godula ( holds an M.M. in Musicology from John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland (2006) and a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University (2008). She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Florida, where she serves as an Assistant with the Musicology department. Olga is also an accomplished violinist; she has collaborated with several orchestras, chamber groups, composers, and jazz musicians in Europe and the U.S. She loves dancing and flowers.

David Goldblatt ( is a PhD student in Historical Musicology. Mr.Goldblatt is also an adjunct instructor in Music at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Goldblatt's research interests primarily involve Jewish Music, and include the areas of Jewish Art Music, Jewish Musical Practice, Jewish Liturgical Music, and Jewish Music in Latin America. Mr. Goldblatt is also a pianist and currently works as a Dance Accompanist for the University of Florida's School of Theater and Dance.

Brian Holder (, is a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at the University of Florida and an adjunct professor at Santa Fe College. He holds degrees from the University of Dayton (BM) and the University of Florida (MM), and his research focuses on American music in the years following the First World War.

Aaron Keebaugh (, is a doctoral candidate in musicology at UF and an adjunct instructor in music at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. He has presented papers for the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society Southern Chapter, The North American British Music Studies Association, and the Society for Ethnomusicology, among others. Aaron has also published articles in British Postgraduate Musicology and The Musical Times. Aaron also enjoys playing the Highland bagpipes.

Jack Kinsey ( is pursuing Master's degrees in Saxophone Performance and Musicology at the University of Florida. He received his BM in Saxophone Performance from Central Michigan University, where he studied Saxophone with John Nichol and Musicology with Keith Clifton.

Phillip J. Klepacki ( earned the B.A. in Music from The Florida State University, and the M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Florida. In addition to his current work toward a Ph.D. in Musicology, Mr. Klepacki is Assistant Director of the Gainesville Civic Chorus. His research interests include queer musicology and the 20th century, particularly the works of David Del Tredici.

Eric Lubarsky ( studies historical musicology at the University of Florida at the master's level. He completed undergraduate degrees in music performance and journalism at UF. While his musical interests show a wide variety, his main areas of research have been around the interactions of music and politics, oral transmission of music, and renaissance humanism. Currently he is working on a master's thesis regarding the role of humanism in the renaissance motet with special attention to the many setting of the text "Dulces exuviae," from Virgil's Aneid.


Racheal Murungi ( holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (2007). She is currently pursuing a Master of Musicology degree in Ethnomusicology at University of Florida and is a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to World Musics. Racheal's research interests include gender, music and dance, and are focused on perpetuation and preservation of East African traditions.

Claudio Re ( holds a trombone degree from the Conservatorio Luca Marenzio in Brescia (Italy) and a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa. Mr. Re is currently pursuing a PhD in Musicology at the University of Florida, where he serves as a Teaching Assistant with the Musicology department. Mr. Re's research and creative interests are Italian Pifferi, Hautboisten-band and Harmoniemusik.

Kathryn Venable ( earned Bachelor’s degrees from Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has a Master’s degree in English and Education from the University of Alabama. Ms. Venable is currently enrolled in the Master of Music in Musicology program at the University of Florida. Her particular interest is music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is a longtime vegetarian and supporter of animal rights.

Sunni Witmer ( received her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Florida and her Master of Music in Flute Performance from Louisiana State University. She returned to Florida to pursue a Ph.D. in Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology. Sunni is concurrently completing a second masters degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies. Her area of focus is the music of the Caribbean and Brazil, primarily early 20th-century urban popular genres with an emphasis on Brazilian choro and Cuban charanga.

Christopher Witulski (, is a PhD student in the ethnomusicology program at UF. He holds a BM (Musical Studies/Jazz Studies) and an MM (Music Theory) from SUNY Potsdam (NY). His research involves Islam and issues of spirituality and commodification in the Gnawa and Sufi musics of Morocco. He is an active violist and bassist in Florida and Georgia.

Amy Zigler ( Amy Zigler is a doctoral candidate in Musicology. With a background in piano performance, Ms. Zigler's research continually aims to combine academic scholarship with the creative aspect of performance. Her research interests include the chamber music of Ethel Smyth, nineteenth and twentieth-century styles, and the study of performance, culture and biography as they relate to the musical interpretation. She has presented at international, national and regional conferences, and her article, "Four Romantic Chamber Works of Ethel Smyth" was recently published in the Journal for the International Alliance of Women in Music.

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