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Carlos Roberto Ramírez is a Cornell University Graduate School Dean’s Scholar and a PhD. candidate in Musicology in the Department of Music. Originally from Puerto Rico, Carlos earned a Bachelor of Music (summa cum laude), and Master of Music in Music History and Historical Keyboard performance at the Boyer College of Music and Dance (Philadelphia, PA). There, Carlos studied harpsichord with Joyce Lindorff and was advised in musicology by Stephen A. Willier. He was a Temple University President’s Scholar, and was awarded the Milton Sutter Memorial Award in Music History in 2005. His Master’s monograph explored the collaboration of George Minne, Maurice Maeterlinck, and Ernest Chausson in the creation of the 19th century Symbolist song-cyle Serres Chaudes.
Carlos currently researches the reception and dissemination of late-Medieval and Renaissance vocal music in Spain (1350-1600), filtered through the lens of keyboard and vihuela intabulations. Additionally, he is interested in Medieval keyboard technology; the intersection of keyboards and diplomacy; and how Postcolonial and Queer theories may contribute to the discourse on music-making in the Caribbean.