Rachel Horner is a current PhD student in musicology. A New Jersey native, Rachel holds both an MA in musicology and a BM in vocal music education and Spanish from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In her research, Rachel explores the intersections between music, sound, language, and identity. Her master’s thesis, the result of an ongoing ethnographic project, argues for a focus on music and sound as central components of the creation and maintenance of regional identity within the Fallas festival in València, Spain. Additionally, Rachel has presented her work with Bolivia’s Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos at several graduate student symposia. In this project, she explores the pedagogical and musical implications of this ensemble and its engagement with indigenous teachers, practices, and aesthetics while maintaining ties to the Western art music tradition.