Email: beths@lclark.edu
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I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.Topics of my courses have included world music cultures, music and Chinese philosophy, music and diplomacy, music of Latin America and the Caribbean, Western art music, the history of rock 'n' roll, and African American music.  

My research focuses on Chinese Buddhist music. My book, entitled The Instrumental Music of Wutaishan’s Buddhist Monasteries: Social and Ritual Contexts, was published by Ashgate in March of 2012.  The book incorporates data I gathered in interviews with monks, pilgrims, and tourists during eleven months of field research in 2006 and 2007 as well as the work of Western and Chinese musicologists, historians, and Buddhist scholars.  I examine how Wutaishan's monastic instrumental music has adapted to rapidly changing economic, political and social circumstances in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and how it continues to evolve to fulfill new political and economic functions in modern China. 

I have presented papers on topics related to Chinese Buddhist music at conferences in the US, Europe and China. 

"Impossible Melodies: Octave Cycles and Illusory Pitch Shifts in a North Chinese Wind Repertoire" appears in Analytical Approaches to World MusicMy article "Ghost Festival Rituals: Redeeming Hungry Ghosts, Preserving Cultural Heritage" can be found in volume 18-19 of the CHIME journal, and another article on the use of secular songs in Buddhist ritual has been approved by editors Mercedes Dujunco and Hwee-San Tan to appear in Shifting Boundaries in Music and Ritual in the Contemporary Chinese-Speaking World, soon to be published by Ashgate. 

I am currently beginning research on the roles of music at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a Chinese Buddhist institution in Ukiah, California.