Professor Deborah Wong Elected as President of the Society for Ethnomusicology

By Anthony D. Sciarretta, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

Deborah WongAt the most recent conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, CHASS’ Deborah Wong, a professor of music, was elected to the position of President.  She will serve a two year term beginning 2007 and ending in 2009.

Founded in 1955, the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) has strived to promote research, study, and presentation of music.  The membership currently consists of 2,500 members spanning six continents, providing an international scope.  Interests of the organization are expansive and diverse; from Japanese Shakuhachi to popular music (New York).  The SEM is also a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), an organization which funds humanities research.

When asked for comment Wong stated that she was, “Thrilled and humbled by this recognition” before adding, “SEM is my home in every sense of the word.  I’ve been a member of SEM since 1985, and I always look forward to its annual meetings – it’s where I get intellectually revitalized, over and over again, by reconnecting with other ethnomusicologists.”  

Deborah Wong has been a faculty member of the Music Department at UCR since 1996, specializing in the musics of Thailand and Asian America.  She received her B.A. in anthropology and music, magna cum laude (1982), from the University of Pennsylvania; her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1991).  Wong is presently writing a book about Japanese American drumming, adding to her two previous works; Sounding the Center: History and Aesthetics in Thai Buddhist Ritual and Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music.

For Further information Visit: http://music.ucr.edu/faculty/wong/


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