My research focuses on the early modern period, particularly the sacred song in the Hispanic World and Italian opera. My current project analyzes the performance of sacred villancicos within the institutional and social fabric of Puebla de los Ángeles and develops a new methodology for the study of function, meaning, and transmission of the vernacular song tradition in the Spanish empire.
I am a musicologist from Mexico. I received my doctoral degree from Princeton University in 2018 and a master’s degree in music and religion from Yale University in 2010. I taught at Yale University (2018) and Rider University (2016, 2018) before coming to Bowdoin College.
Spring 2021 office hours: Monday, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. by appointment.
“Native Song and Dance Affect in Novohispanic Christian Rituals.” InAcoustemologies in Contact: Sounding Subjects and Modes of Listening in Early Modernity, edited by Suzanne G. Cusick and Emily Wilbourne (Cambridge: OpenBook, 2021), 37-64. https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0226
“Reconsideraciones historiográficas sobre el barroco para el estudio de la música virreinal.” InMúsicas coloniales a debate (1492-1898): procesos de intercambio euroamericanos, edited by Javier Marín-López (Madrid: Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, 2018), 165-182.
“Vivaldi’s Motezuma: The Conquest of Mexico in the Venetian Operatic Stage.” InThe New World in Early Modern Italy, 1492-1750, edited by Elizabeth Horodowich and Lia Markey (Cambridge: Cambridge University, 2017), 288-308. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316389034.016
“‘A mi señor disfrazado’: La reforma del aparato festivo de Corpus Christi en torno al villancico eucarístico novohispano,” X Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Musicología (SEdeM) “Musicología en transición,” Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (UIA), Spain (Baeza, November 2021).
“Songs in Nahuatl for Christian Rituals in Seventeenth Century New Spain,” Conference in Latin American History & American Historical Association Annual Meeting (New York, January 2020).
“Thomas Gage y la sensibilidad religiosa en el villancico novohispano,” Coloquio International Multidisciplinario Ignacio Jerusalem y su tiempo (Mexico City, November 2019); and Congreso Internacional Celebración y Sonoridad (Morelia, November 2019).
“Native Song and Dance Affect in Seventeenth-Century Christian Festivals in New Spain,” conference Atlantic Crossings: Music from 1492 through the long 18th-Century organized by the Center for Early Music Studies at Boston University (June 2019); and for the panel “Ceremony and Sensation: Music and Intercultural Rituals in Early America” for the Omohundro Institute Annual Conference (Pittsburg, June 2019).
“Pious Indians and Righteous Slaves in Seventeenth-Century Catholic Song,” Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (SSCM, Colorado Boulder, 2018).
“Indian Workers and Black Slaves as Models for Christian Piety in Christmas Villancicos from Puebla in the Early Seventeenth-Century,” American Musicological Society (AMS, Rochester, 2017).
“Redescubriendo el Nuevo Mundo: Narrativas de la música novohispana del siglo XVII,” International Conference “From New Spain to Mexico: The Mexican Musical Universe Between Centenaries (1517-1917), 1st Conference of the MUSAM Study Group of the Spanish Society of Musicology, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, UIA Spain (Baeza, 2017).
“Un’altra Venezia nel mondo: Moctezuma y la Conquista de México según Vivaldi,” Convengno internazionale Gli Scambi musical fra Italia e Spagna nei secoli XVIII e XIX, Instituto Cervantes, (Rome, 2016).
“Vivaldi’s Motezuma: The Conquest of Mexico in the Venetian Operatic Stage,” Biannual Conference of the Society of Eighteenth-Century Music (SECM, Austin, 2016).
“La realidad divinizada: villancicos de Navidad y la inmanencia sagrada en Puebla de los Ángeles a inicios del siglo XVII,” International Conference New Perspectives on the Villancico and Related Genres in the Iberian World (15th-19th centuries), UIA Spain (Baeza, 2014).
“Divinizing Reality: Christmas Villancicos and the Culture of Sacred Immanence in Early 17th Century Puebla de los Ángeles,” AMS (Milwaukee, 2014).
“Villancicos en negro.” Guest speaker for the course “Race and Classical Music” at Bowling Green (February 2021).
“Villancicos en indio.” Guest speaker for the graduate course “Histories and Ethnographies of Latin America” at Boston University (February 2021).
Guest speaker for the book presentation De Nueva España a México: El universo musical mexicano entre centenarios (1517-1917), (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, December 15, 2020).
Guest appearance for the segment on Puebla Cathedral for the episode “Latin America’s Turbulent Colonial History Told Through its Music,” The Early Music Show, BBC Radio 3, Oct 18, 2020.
“Music Practice in Seventeenth-Century New Spain,” Guest Speaker for the Westminster Kantorei Chamber Choir (Rider University, November 5 and December 3, 2020).
“Reconciling Historical Narratives and Operatic Conventions in Vivaldi’s Motezuma,” Guest Speaker for Historical Performance Symposium (The Juilliard School, November 19, 2020).
“Tracing Indigenous and Black Resistance in New Spanish Devotional Songs,” Guest Speaker for Historical Performance Symposium (The Juilliard School, November 16, 2020).
“Music in Seventeenth-Century New Spain from a Global Perspective,” Guest Speaker for The University of New Mexico (October 15, 2020); The University of Texas at Arlington (November 12, 2020).
“The Sensuous in the Post-Tridentine Catholic Church,” Pre-circulated paper for group discussion for the session “Sound Archives: Methodologies of Recovery” organized by the working group Sound and Silence in Colonial America, (Harvard University, March 26, 2019).
“New Spain in the Age of Expansion: Early Manifestations of Musical Globalization” (NYU Florence-Villa La Pietra, 2018).
“Rediscovering the New World: Narratives of New Spanish Music in the Seventeenth Century.” Discussion panel for the Ibero-American Music Study Group, AMS (Rochester, 2017).
“Listening to the Americas: Exploring the Sources and Fantasies of our Musical Past.” Guest Lecture for the course America Then and Now (AMS 101 / LAS 211) for the Programs in American and Latin American Studies (Princeton University, 2017).
“Cervantes y la música: Referencias musicales en ‘La Gitanilla’ y otras fuentes documentales sobre la canción luso-española de los siglos XVI y XVII.” Guest Lecture for the course Cervantes (SPA 403) for the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Rider University, 2016).