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2016-2017 Visiting Scholars


Musicologist Dr. Silvia Lazo is a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University where she is applying her expertise in individual and institutional history to the study of the life and works of Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra. Lazo’s scholarship touches on Old and New World forces that have shaped classical music. She has authored several articles on Pau Casals’s musical and institutional legacies. Lazo’s work on Casals’s transference of Western classical music to Puerto Rico during the Cold War has been critically acclaimed, sparking a reassessment of foreign influence within the island’s music landscape. Her areas of interest include: music and media, race and ethnicity, nationalism and postcolonial studies, and Latin American music.

Silvia has presented papers at national and international conferences. She has been an invited panelist at Harvard University’s colloquium “El Exilio Republicano Español. España, Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos: 1936–73” (2014), and the III Brazilian Congress in Music Iconography (2015). Her publications appear in Latin American Music Review, Music in Art, and Ictus Periódico Acadêmico.

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Lazo holds B.A. degrees in both Music and Theatre from Whitworth University, and MM Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Montana.



StrachanJeremy Strachan completed a PhD in musicology at the University of Toronto in 2015. His dissertation on Udo Kasemets (1919-2014) and experimental music in 1960s Toronto was supported by an AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship and a Joseph A. Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. He has work forthcoming or published in Twentieth-Century Music, Echo: a Music Centered Journal, and Critical Studies in Improvisation. His current research project, supported by a 2016-2018 SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship, focuses on the histories of experimental music in Canada since the 1970s. Jeremy is currently reviews editor for Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music, and performs (infrequently) as a saxophonist in and around Toronto.