Aaron S. Allen

Aaron S. Allen, Ph.D., is director of the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program and associate professor of music. A native of rural Appalachia, he earned his B.S. (environmental studies) and B.A. (music) at Tulane University. Dr. Allen then earned a Ph.D. in music at Harvard University. He was the recipient of the Paul Mellon Rome Prize and spent the 2011-12 academic year at the American Academy in Rome.

Before being appointed the director of Environmental & Sustainability Studies in 2015, Dr. Allen served as UNCG’s (The University of North Carolina Greensboro) first Academic Sustainability Coordinator. He worked with faculty to increase and improve sustainability throughout UNCG, especially through workshops on how to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. His environmental leadership began with three years as president of the student environmental organization at Tulane, where he led efforts to institutionalize sustainability. Dr. Allen continues to serve on the executive committee of the UNCG Sustainability Council. He is also a member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and a member of the board of directors of Population Connection.

Dr. Allen co-founded and for five years chaired the Ecocriticism Study Group of the American Musicological Society, and he co-founded and chaired the Ecomusicology Special Interest Group of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Allen’s conference presentations on ecomusicology include venues in music scholarship (e.g., the American Musicological Society and the Society for Ethnomusicology), interdisciplinary studies (e.g., 19th-Century Studies Association), and environmental studies (e.g., American Society for Environmental History, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences); he has given invited lectures at institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia.

After completing a dissertation on Beethoven reception in nineteenth-century Italy, Dr. Allen has continued to develop this unusual field of reception studies. He has delivered conference presentations and invited talks and has published papers on the topic. He is slowly working on a book tentatively entitled Fidelio in Italy: Beethoven Reception, Historiography, and the Crisis of 19th-Century Opera. Dr. Allen travels to Italy frequently and offers a unique travel class that combines music and sustainability studies.

Aaron is originally from rural West Virginia, and his interests as an outdoorsman, environmentalist, and woodworker result from his time on the family farm, where he recently hand built a solar-powered log cabin with and for his parents.

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Oksana Dobzhanskaya

Doctor of Art History (2008). Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies and Art (2010). Since 2013, she has been working at the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts as a Professor of the Department of Art History.


1986-1991 - Novosibirsk State Conservatory named after M.I. Glinka (Faculty of Theory and Composition)

1991-1995 - postgraduate study at Novosibirsk State Conservatory (awarded the qualification 'musicologist, researcher').

1997 - dissertation ‘The Shamanic rite of Nganasan: the experience of ethnomusicological research’ for the degree of Candidate of Art History (Dissertation Council of the Novosibirsk State Conservatory).

2008 - dissertation ‘Shamanic music of the Samoyed peoples in the syncretic unity of the rite’ for the degree of Doctor of Art History (Dissertation Council of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory).

The author of 3 scientific monographs, more than 200 scientific papers.

Full member of the Finno-Ugric Society (Helsinki), expert of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Fund for the Support of Scientific and Scientific-Technical Activities. Member of the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals: scientific almanac ‘Traditional Culture’, journal ‘Bulletin of the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts’, online journal ‘Musical Art of Eurasia: Traditions and modernity’.

Member of the Expert Council on the Formation of registers of Intangible Cultural Heritage objects of the Russian Committee for the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage under the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

Member of the Russian Geographical Society.

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Thiago Cury

Thiago Cury is at home in a multitude of sectors, from live performance and education to audio recording and publishing. The Brazilian graduated composer (University of São Paulo), arts manager and music producer has been developing sound creations for cinema, theater, opera, dance, performance, and art exhibitions where he had collaborated with José Mojica Marins (Coffin Joe), Antonio Araújo - Teatro da Vertigem, Jorge Bodansky, Phillipe Barcinsky, Carlos Nader, Evaldo Mocarzel, Luiz Fernando Bongiovanni, Marie Ange Bordas, amongst others. In 2006 he founded ÁguaForte, a record label and publishing company focused on new and exploratory music, where he develops special projects, promoting concerts, recordings, and published scores. Since 2009 Cury had been attending festivals, conferences, and music markets worldwide such as Womex, Classical:NEXT, ISPA, JazzAhead, FIM-Pro, Circulart, Bafim, Focus Musique Contemporaine, Porto Musical, SIM São Paulo, amongst others. In 2009 he’s worked as a music consultant for the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, and in 2010 he was appointed as director of the Music Center of Funarte, the Brazilian National Foundation for the Arts. In 2013 Cury had created Festival Música Estranha (Strange Music Festival), in São Paulo, now on its tenth edition. The festival works with a post-genre curatorial approach and aims to build connections with related reference alternative-classical and exploratory new music scenes Festivals and events in Brazil, Latin America, and around the globe.

Thiago is a member of Abrafin (Brazilian Association of independent Festivals) ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) and Laras (Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences).

Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen is a pianist, a composer and a radio artist. Born in Argentina, she lives and works in Paris. She is the author and performer of several musical theatre works in which musical and theatrical elements are integrated into a personal, mixed language.

As radio producer, she has been collaborating with Radio France (France Culture and France Musique) since 1985. Andrea Cohen has written the book “ Les compositeurs et l’art radiophonique” (Composers and radio art), co-edition INA-L’Harmattan, 2015 and an educational book : “Manuel de pédagogie musicale: Art sonore, Musique mixte et théâtre musical” edition Minerve, 2019.

Since 1990 she has given workshops for actors, musicians and teachers with a particular approach to contemporary music. She taught “Radio Art” in France (Universite de Marne-Ia-Vallee) and in UK ( De Montfort University, Leicester) and conducted several workshops in Europe and in Latin America.

Between 2000 and 2015, she created and developed with Wiska Radkiewicz, the SOUNDSON project, a program of musical education based of sound exchange, using digital technology and the Internet.

In 2020 she was invited by the University of Campiñas for an artistic Residence in the frame of the program Idea, Hilda Hilst.

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Marisa Fonterrada

Professor at The State University of São Paulo (UNESP) specialised on Techniques of Music Education, Doctor in Anthropology and master’s in psychology of Education, has Undergraduate Studies in Music. Professor of the Graduate Program of Music in the same University. She was Dean of the Institute of Arts, Coordinator of the Choral of Unesp, Director of the Municipal School of Music in São Paulo, Creator of the Municipal School of Artistic Initiation – EMIA - and of the Technical School of Arts – ETEC de Artes - of the State of São Paulo. Author of several books on Music Education and Acoustic Ecology. Translator of five of Murray Schafer´s books, she was distinguished with The General Governor Award by the Canadian Embassy in Brazil in 1996, by the diffusion for Murray Schafer´s name and the translation of some of his books to Portuguese. Honored member of FLADEM – Forum Latino-americano de Educação Musical, member of the Brazilian Society of Music Education – ABEM - and of The Wolf Project in Canada. During eight years participated of the Project “Caminhos Sonoros” (Sound Paths) in Mairiporã, São Paulo, with children of the public schools of that city. Leader of G-PEM, the Research Group in Music Education in the IA/Unesp.

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İhsan Çiçek

He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Çorlu. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Physical Geography and Geology in 1983. He worked as a research assistant at Karadeniz Technical University, Fatih Faculty of Education between 1985-1987. In 1987, he started to work as a research assistant at the Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Geography, Department of Physical Geography. In 1992, he completed his doctorate in the Department of Physical Geography with his doctoral thesis named "Physical Geography of Isparta Plain and Its Surroundings" at Ankara University, Department of Geography. He was appointed assistant professor in 1992, associate professor in 2005, and professor in 2010. He served as the Vice President of the Department of Geography between 1993-1999, Head of the Department of Geography between 2011-2017, Member of the University Executive Board between 2013-2015, Faculty Senate Representative between 2015-2016, and Faculty Dean between 2016-2020. He is a member of many national and international professional organizations and has been serving as the Vice President of the Turkish Geographical Society since 2013. He has also been a TÜBİTAK BİDEB Advisory Board Member since 2020. He studies climatology, the physical causes of climate change and urban climatology. He has many chapters published in international and national books and articles published in international and national indexed journals. He is married and has a child.

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Abdurrahman Ekinci

"Four Seasons Three Homelands"

He was born in 1944. He started teaching in 1966. He is known for his works for Teke Region. He presented papers at symposiums and congresses and received awards. Ekinci, who travelled his region step by step; made significant contributions by opening his personal archive to young people taking postgraduate education, and brought most of Teke Region instruments to Süleyman Demirel University Music Cultures Research Center.

Ban Junrong

Born in 1973,East of Gansu province, professor of musicology, President of Art College, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Director of academic Committee in Shool of Art. Member of Academic Committee of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Director of Music Branch of Chinese Education Society, director of Jiangsu Chorus Alliance, director of Jiangsu Folk Performing Arts Research Institute, director of Jiangsu Folk Writers and artists Association. Vice-chairman of Nanjing Folk Artists Association, vice-chairman of Music and Dance Branch of Jiangsu Education Association, member of Jiangsu Aesthetic Education Association. Excellent backbone teacher of "Qinglan Project" in Jiangsu Province, the training object of the fourth and fifth "333 High-level Talents Training Project" in Jiangsu Province.

Research interests; ethnomusicology, choral conducting, music art and technology. Up to now, he has published three books, two teaching materials, more than 40 academic papers and two national invention patent. He has completed and is undertaking a number of national and provincial scientific research projects. As a conductor, he led his troupe to participate in international and national chorus competitions for many times and won awards.

Hang Su

Hang Su, was born in June 1990 in China, and began to learn Vocal music since 2005, at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Attached Middle School, and then he studied abroad in Germany since 2008, at the Nuremberg College of music for Bachelor and Master, and at the Mannheim University of music and performing arts, for “Meisterklassenexamen”, which is the highest level of diploma from music in Germany.

After finish his studies, he worked as singer at many important theaters, like Vienna State Opera, Cologne Opera, Mannheim National Theater, and Kassel State Theater, and he had also performed many times at these important stages, like the Musikverein in Vienna, Berliner Philharmonie, and Salzburg Festival. Among the popular musicians he worked and performed with them together, are Placid Domingo, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Flórez an so on.

During the times he studied and worked in Europa, he had not only the experiences on the stage, but also the experiences of teaching. He had systematic lucubrated on the field of the German Art Songs, and the standard pronunciation of German, French and Italian.

Since 2022 he began to work as a teacher of music, at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics/College of Art.

Wan Zhongru

Education: 1988-1992B.S. (Music Education, Traditional Music), Hunan Normal University // 2002-2005M.S. (Ethnomusicology), Chinese National Academy of Arts // 2015-2018Ph.D. (Ethnomusicology), Chinese National Academy of Arts

Academic Positions: Invited scholar, Asian-European Music Research Center, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China(2019) // Member of Culture and History Committee of Guangdong Province, China Democratic League(2020) // Expert of the Key Project Group of National Social Science Foundation of China Central Conservatory of Music(2019-2022) // Member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Expert Committee of Guangzhou city, Guangdong Province, China (2021-2026)

Current Research Area: Societies and clubs of Cantonese culture, history and music; Cantonese American migration history, music and culture; Pop music.

In recent years, he has published eight papers in China's influential academic journals. He completed a provincial project and a municipal project. In the research of these papers and topics, he has accumulated better academic research experience and improved his research vision.

Abdullah Akat

Prof. Dr., an ethnomusicologist, and faculty member at Istanbul University State Conservatory, Department of Musicology, Ethnomusicology Program, Chair of ICTM SG on Music of the Turkic-speaking World, Editor-in-Chief of the Musicologist journal and Founder of Karadeniz Music Archive.

He got his PhD in Musicology and Music Theory at the ITU Social Sciences Institute in 2010. He worked as Post-doctoral researcher in the Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv between 2013–2014, with the support of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). Since 2005, he has worked in various positions and carried out administrative duties at Istanbul Technical University, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon University, and Istanbul University. In many research projects and artistic events in Turkey and abroad, he has been in the assignments as an executive, researcher, curator, organizer, jury member, performer, etc. He also gave lectures and conferences as a visiting scholar at foreign universities. His fieldworks, publications, research projects and presentations are related to music archiving, the Turkey-Black Sea, Balkan, Crimean, and Caucasian music cultures.

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Akın Oktav

Dr. Akın Oktav received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Bogazici University in 2016. Currently, he is a faculty member at Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University. During his graduate studies, Akın Oktav carried out many industrial projects, which were mainly on vibration and acoustics problems of vehicles. The projects were consisting of computational and experimental studies on the vibroacoustic behaviors of structures. During the projects, he gained experience on measurement techniques, experimental modal analysis and design of experiments. After doing research on the identification of dynamic characteristics of large and complex structures, and finite element model updating, he studied on analytical aspects of the vibration and acoustics problems, which in turn he was able to publish many articles in high ranked journals. His main research interests are structural dynamics, model updating, vibration and acoustics. He also has studies on interdisciplinary areas such as musical acoustics and architectural acoustics.

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Ali Tan

He was born in 1981 in Fatih, Istanbul. After high school, he took ney lessons from TRT artist Neyzen Ahmed Şahin. In 2000, he won the ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory and became a student of Neyzen Niyazi Sayın. He completed his master's degree in 2008 with his study titled "Pitch Positions in the Niyazi Sayın's Ney Style". In 2011, "Doctor" with his work titled "History and Technical Development of the Ney Making"; In 2013, he received the title of "Associate Professor". Tan, who worked as an assistant at the Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music State Conservatory Instrument Department between 2006 and 2012, has been working as a Lecturer in the Turkish Music Department of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Istanbul Medeniyet University since 2012. Ali Tan received the title of "Professor" in 2019.

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Lilian Maria Tonella Tüzün

Brazilian by nationality and Turkish by citizen, Lilian Maria Tonella Tüzün is pianist focused on contemporary music, researcher, Director of the International Istanbul Ceren Necipoglu Harp Festival, Department Coordinator of Erasmus+ and Director of the State Conservatory of Anadolu University. Author of History of the Piano in Brazil (USA) and Piano in Brazil (Turkey), coauthor of Music Therapy in Turkey (UK) and Latin America in World Politics (Turkey), besides other articles related to refugee and immigrant problems in international journals. She recorded for Callisto label Virtuoso, Ministry of Culture of Brazil Willy Corrêa de Oliveira piano music, Çagsav Empathy in the Sky and the album New Music for Kanun and Piano.

Winner of several piano competitions, she was awarded by Anadolu University Art Prize (2017), honored by Council at the Order of Rio Branco of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Brazil with the Ordem do Rio Branco at level of Official in recognition of the excellence of services rendered to Brazil (2018) and honored by Cagfen Association in the Artist Category of the city with the tribute Woman's Hand (2020).

Currently she investigates the principles and opportunities of collective digital piano classes shaped in favor to the community, specially Alzheimer's patients, Autism, Down Syndrome, children and elderly people from peripheral groups, the refugees and excluded population. Besides that, she is focusing on cross-cultural areas and projects of adhesion of contemporary art in the post-pandemic and challenging world of global climate change

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