Graduate Students, Past and Present

Jacqueline Avila Jacqueline Avila

Dr. Jacqueline Avila is an Assistant Professor in musicology at the University of Tennessee. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in music from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. in music with a dual emphasis in French horn performance and music education from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research interests include Mexican modernism, nationalism, and cinema and media studies. She was a recipient of the UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant and the American Musicological Society’s Howard Meyer Brown Fellowship, and has presented her research at several conferences in the United States and Mexico. She is currently writing a book manuscript tentatively titled CineSonidos: Cinematic Music in Early Mexican Film, which is an examination of meaning and cultural representation in Mexican film music.  
Gary Barnett Gary Barnett

Gary Barnett completed his doctoral studies in historical musicology in the spring of 2012 after an extended research trip to Lisbon, Portugal where he received a scholarship with the LUSO/Gulbenkian foundation to study the compositions of Carlos Seixas (1704-1742).  His dissertation was entitled Three Manifestations of Carlos Seixas (1704-1742): A Study of Historiographical Biography, Reception, and Interpretation. As a student at UCR, he performed as both soloist and continuoist with the Musicum Collegium, as well as performances with the Chamber Singers and Choral Society.  Gary has enjoys posting Youtube videos with his carillon and organ teacher, David Christensen (UCR Carilloneur), in the UC Belltower.  Currently he resides in Orange County, California where he maintains a private piano studio and continues accompanying.
Joshua Brown Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown holds a B.A. in history, with a minor in music, from UC Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in ethnomusicology from UCR. In 2003, Josh lived in Seville, Spain and began his ongoing study of flamenco guitar at the University of Pablo de Olavide. He conducted research in Seville during the 2011-12 academic year, supported by a Fulbright IIE fellowship. This work addresses how Andalusian histories, landscapes and performance spaces relate to musical and social practices within flamenco communities. Also, the Morón style of flamenco serves as a central case study through which Josh evaluates stylistic and performative elements within the context of tradition. For his M.A. thesis, he explored how popular music, American folk ideology and leftist politics converged and intensified at a key folk institution in Los Angeles known as the Ash Grove. Other research interests include the politics of identity and race, cultural memory, social movements, political activism and the bearing of historical conceptions and constructions on the discipline of ethnomusicology.

David Kendall

David Kendall completed the PhD in Musicology at UCR in 2010 and his continuing research interests include colonial liturgical music of the Philippines, organology and 19th century wind instrument performance practices. David currently lectures in music at UCR and at La Sierra University.  Additionally, he is a brass instructor at Loma Linda Academy, serves as Music Minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church, is Musical Director of the Armory Band (a 19th-century brass band playing period instruments), and serves on the Board of Directors of the Period Piano Center and Museum and Makibahagi (a Filipino arts and culture organization). David lives in Riverside with his wife, Shiela, and two daughters, Carmina and Mikaëla.

David Kandall

Mindy LaTour O'Brien Mindy LaTour O’Brien

Mindy LaTour O’Brien graduated with an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCR in 2009 with a thesis entitled, “Upward-bound: Music Listening and the American Dream in a Mexican American Community.” During her time at UCR, she played violin and sang in Mariachi Mexicatl and was a member of Mayupatapi. Mindy is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Musicology at UCLA where she is developing specialties in 16th-century music and contemporary popular musics.
Alyson Payne Alyson Payne

Alyson Payne completed her doctoral studies in 2012, with a dissertation entitled, “The 1964 Festival of Music of the Americas and Spain: A Critical Examination of Ibero-American Musical Relations in the Context of Cold War Politics,” advised by Dr. Leonora Saavedra. She received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University, under the direction of Dr. Carol A. Hess. Her interests include music and politics during the twentieth century as well as music and nationalism.
Jacob Rekedal Jacob Rekedal

Jacob Rekedal is currently finishing his Ph.D in Ethnomusicology, while living in southern Chile with his wife Liliana Pérez.  Jake entered the UCR Ethnomusicology program (Dept. of Music) with a dual focus on bluegrass mandolin and Chilean folkloric musics, in the fall of 2006. In 2008 he completed his master’s research on bluegrass, based both on fieldwork with musicians in southern California, and on reflections and research about bluegrass in different regions of the United States, and in different political and social contexts. In late 2009, Jake left California for Temuco, a city in southern Chile, where he has conducted grant-funded research with support from the University of California’s Pacific Rim Research Program, and from Fulbright IIE. Jake’s two subsequent years in Temuco involved research on music as it relates to the concept of frontera (or borderland)—an idea which has characterized the cultural, political and social dynamics of the region around Temuco since well before the arrival of the Spanish in the 1540s. Southern Chile is rich in folkloric music styles, but also in hip-hop, rock, indigenous Mapuche music, and various types of fusion music unique to the region. Jake’s dissertation deals with case studies in several genres, and their relationships to tumultous struggles over territorial sovereignty and social welfare. Currently, Jake is writing his dissertation while working as an adjunct professor at the Universidad de la Frontera in Temuco, where he teaches “Introducción a la Etnomusicología.”
Desmond Stevens Desmond Stevens

Desmond Stevens received his BA degrees in Music Education and Sociology from UCLA in 2009. He also holds an MA in Musicology from UC Riverside (2011). During his time at Riverside, he focused his studies on the music of nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American classical and popular musics. His thesis investigated the music of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla and the Argentine expectations of national musical identity. Since receiving his master's degree he worked as a music teacher in public middle and high schools in the LA and Orange Counties. Currently he is working as the instrumental music teacher at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove where he is fusing traditional high school instrumental instruction (strings, winds, and percussion) with a specifically tailored curriculum incorporating elements of Western music history, World music history, and Ethnomusicology which reflects the diverse demographics of his school's student body.
Robert Wahl Robert Wahl

Robert Wahl is an entering PhD student in Musicology at the University of California, Riverside. He holds a Master’s Degree in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach where he studied the music of Paraguayan guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré. Robert will continue his studies in Musicology at UC Riverside with a focus on guitar in Ibero-American Music. During his studies, he also enjoys playing and performing classical guitar with any free time he finds.

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music at the University of California, Riverside, is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition, for the best essays on Iberian and Latin American Music, in either historical musicology or ethnomusicology. This annual competition honors the memory of the Spanish-Mexican musicologist Otto Mayer-Serra (1904-68) and seeks to continue the legacy of his groundbreaking research. The OMS competition accepts submissions in Spanish or Portuguese. The first-prize award is for $2000, and second prize, $1000. Winning articles will be published in the forthcoming peer-reviewed online journal Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review. Information about the 2015 competition will soon be available.

2014 Otto Mayer-Serra Competition Results


Olga Sánchez-Kisielewska (Northwestern University): “Claves para el análisis del italianismo en la música hispana: Esquemas galantes y figuras retóricas en las misas de Jerusalem y Nebra”

Honorable Mention

Hermann Hudde (New England Conservatory of Music School of Continuing Education):
“La Historia de Carlos Chávez en Tanglewood”

The jury did not feel that there were enough submissions of sufficiently high quality to merit giving two awards plus an honorable mention this time. Therefore, we announce a single winner and an honorable mention.

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Music is grateful to all those who submitted essays to this competition and looks forward to future contributions. It especially wishes to thank the distinguished panel of judges who reviewed the submissions:

Cristina Magaldi, chair (Towson University)
Bernardo Illari (University of North Texas)
Samuel Llano (Durham University)


Walter Aaron Clark
Professor of Musicology
Director, Center for Iberian and Latin American Music
University of California, Riverside


This year’s Encuentros/Encounters is devoted to the folk, popular, and classical musics of Colombia, a country with a rich and very diverse heritage of music. Encounters 2015 will begin with a thrilling recital, on February 13, of two-piano music by Latin American composers, especially from Colombia, featuring the virtuosic duo of Daniel Cunha (Portugal) and Evangelos Spanos (Greece). Two recitals will be presented by renowned Colombian soprano Patricia Caicedo, whose recordings, recitals, and scholarly editions actively promote the songs of her native country, as well as the rest of Latin America. With the assistance of renowned accompanist by Nikos Stavlas, her first recital, on February 20, will present art songs by various Colombian composers. The second concert, on February 27, will focus on folk and popular songs of Colombia, and she will be accompanied by celebrated Colombian guitarist Ricardo Cobo. (In addition, on February 18, she and Nikos will present a Wednesday at Noon lecture-demonstration on Catalan art songs, a specialty of theirs, as they live in Barcelona.) The final event of this year’s Encuentros will be a Wednesday at Noon presentation, on March 4, by Colombian scholar Daniel Castro, a doctoral student in musicology at UCR, and UCR lecturer and pianist Gary Barnett. Together they will talk about and demonstrate the piano music of Guillermo Uribe Holguín (1880-1971), one of Colombia’s greatest composers. Prepare to be surprised and delighted by this feast of beautiful music from a country that is both familiar and yet still unknown!

February 13, Friday, 8 P.M.
Latin American Music for Two Pianos
Daniel Cunha, piano
Evangelos Spanos, piano
ARTS 166

February 18, Wednesday, 12:10 p.m.
Wednesday at Noon: Catalan Art Songs in the 20th Century
Patrician Caicedo, soprano
Nikos Stavlas, piano
ARTS 166

February 20, Friday, 8 P.M.
Art Songs of Colombia
Patricia Caicedo, soprano
Nikos Stavlas, piano
ARTS 166

February 27, Friday, 8 P.M.
Folk and Popular Music of Colombia
Patricia Caicedo, soprano
Ricardo Cobo, guitar
Juan Pablo Hernández, tiple
ARTS 166

March 5, Wednesday, 12:10 p.m.
Wednesday at Noon: The Music of Guillermo Uribe Holguin
Daniel Castro, Doctoral Student in Musicology
Gary Barnett, UCR Music Lecturer and Pianist

Background Music: The habanera "La paloma" (The dove) by Sebastián Yradier (1809-65), arranged for guitar by Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), performed by Pepe Romero on his album Corazón Español (Hollywood Records, 2005).