Five College Ethnomusicology Program Faculty

Amy M. Coddington

Amy M. Coddington
Assistant Professor of Music, Amherst College. B.A. Macalester College, Ph.D University of Virginia. Influence of the music industry on musical expression. How popular musicians express their identities through music, how listeners articulate their own identities by consuming this music, and how the economic interests of the music and media industries complicates these relationships.

413-542-5967 •

Jeffers Engelhardt

Headshot of Jeffers Engelhardt

Professor of Music, Amherst College. B.M. Oberlin Conservatory, M.A., Ph.D. in Music, University of Chicago. Community-based ethnography, music and religion, voice, analytical approaches to music and sound, Europe and postsocialism.

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Rebecca Miller

miller.jpgProfessor of Music, Hampshire College. A.B., Bryn Mawr College. M.A. Wesleyan University. Ph.D. Brown University. Music of the Caribbean; popular and traditional musics of North America; music journalism; applied ethnomusicology; Irish traditional and popular music; old time (Appalachian) string band music. Performance: old time ensembles and klezmer bands.

(413) 559-5545 •

Andrea Moore

Photo of Andrea MooreAssistant Professor of Music, Smith College. B.M. Rice University, M.A., University of Southern California, PhD, University of California Los Angeles. Music and commemoration; new music and concert culture; late capitalism; sociology of music; historiography.

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Junko Oba

Junko.JPGAssociate Professor of Music, Hampshire College. B.A., International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, M.A., Ph.D, Wesleyan University. Research interests: Japanese traditional and contemporary popular musics, East Asia, Asian Diasporas (Nikkei Brazilian communities in Japan, in particular), national identity in the trans- and post-national world orders, applied ethnomusicology (sound record archiving), organology and musical instrument building.

(413) 559-6896 •

Olabode Omojola

omojola-bode.jpgFive College Professor of Music, Mount Holyoke College. M.A. University of Ibadan. Ph.D. University of Leicester. Indigenous and modern musical traditions; African and world music traditions; African music and ethnomusicology.

(413) 538-2483 •

Marianna Ritchey

Associate Professor of Music, UMass Amherst. B.A. Lewis and Clark College, M.A., Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles. Research interests: nineteenth-century romanticism, Berlioz, literature, contemporary classical music, economics, neoliberalism.

(413) 545-4077•

Jason Robinson

robinson.JPGAssociate Professor of Jazz & Popular Music, Amherst College; M.A. & Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; Focus and Research: Improvised music and experimentalism in African American and African diasporic music. Teaching: Jazz, Popular Music and Urban Ethnography.

(413) 542-8208 •

Margaret Sarkissian

Margaret Sarkissian.jpgProfessor of Music, Smith College. M.A. and Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Musics of Southeast and East Asia, especially Malaysia; popular music of the Islamic world, music and tourism. Performance: gamelan.

(413) 585-3198 •

Steve Waksman

photo_waksman2.jpgProfessor of Music and American Studies, Smith College. M.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Ph.D. University of Minnesota. American popular music; African American music; music and race; music and sexuality; the history of musical instruments (especially the guitar).

(413) 585-3161 •

Ensemble Directors

Faith Conant

Faith_Conant.jpgInstructor of Music Five Colleges. B.A. Wesleyan University, M.A. Tufts University. Performance: Five College West African Music Ensemble. Interests: Music, poetry and language from southern Togo, Ghana, Benin and Haiti.

Prof. Sumarsam

Pak_Sumarsam.jpgAdjunct Professor, Music Department, Wesleyan University. B.A. Akademi Seni Karawitan, M.A. Wesleyan University, Ph.D. Cornell University. Director of the Smith College Gamelan Ensemble. Indonesian music and theater, focusing on the performance, history and theory of gamelan and wayang. Performance: gamelan.

(860) 685-2599 •