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About Maria Mendonca

Maria Mendonça is an ethnomusicologist who teaches in the music and anthropology departments at Kenyon. Her research interests include Indonesian music (gamelan traditions of Java and Bali, and their circulation outside Indonesia), music and prisons, ethnomusicology and film, and ethnomusicology and the public sector. She also directs the Sundanese gamelan degung ensemble at Kenyon.
Maria Mendonça has worked as an ethnomusicologist in a variety of settings in the United Kingdom and United States. These include working an Ethnomusicology Editor for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, teaching Javanese gamelan for several British universities and conservatories, and leading projects involving gamelan and music education for a range of British arts institutions including the South Bank Centre, London; BBC Symphony Orchestra; and St David's Hall, Cardiff. She established the Gamelan Education program in the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester, from 1993-95.
Maria Mendonça has performed gamelan with several groups, including Friends of the Gamelan (Chicago), South Bank Gamelan Players (London) and Cardiff Gamelan (Wales, UK), and has also been a gamelan performer in theatre productions for Royal National Theatre, London, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Present Henry Luce Associate Professor of Asian Music and Culture, Kenyon College

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