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Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Cibele Maia Burke is pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology at Cornell University. She earned her MA in Musicology from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2019, and graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Kentucky University in 2017 with a BM in Piano Performance.
In a recent project at Indiana University, she curated exhibitions for the Cook Music Library to showcase its remarkable facsimiles collection of Western music manuscripts, ranging from the ninth to the fourteenth centuries. She also participated in a joint project of data collection on the provenance of manuscripts and cataloged the vocal and instrumental music collection of the Duchesse de Berry (1798-1870) in digital format for distribution by the Lilly Library. In this project, she collaborated with a faculty member and Ph.D. students in developing an XML schema for the collection that reflected the standards established by the Repertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM).
Her research interests center on the transnational circulation of Afro-Diasporic sounds in the Americas and the position of Brazilian music within the culture’s racial, social, and post-colonial complexities. This music is currently underrepresented in scholarly literature, and she is eager to bring the contributions of Brazilian music in shaping American art and popular music into mainstream discussion.