Elizabeth Clendinning, Assistant Professor of Music, 2014 –

Phone: (336) 758-6176
Office: M302B Scales Fine Arts Center

Elizabeth is Assistant Professor of Music at Wake Forest University. She maintains several active and intersecting areas of research, which include the musical cultures of Bali, Indonesia; gamelans in diaspora; Asian popular musics; music in film and television; music and technology; music pedagogy; and the historiography of ethnomusicology. Her work has been published in Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon (Scarecrow Press, 2010) and Norient Online Journal (2013), and she has contributed to The Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition and Music Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio).

She has conducted field research in Bali and across the United States with the support of the Florida State University International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship (2012) and the Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant (2013), and additionally was the recipient of the United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for Indonesian language study (2011).

Elizabeth is also an active performer of Indonesian traditional and contemporary music and dance, focusing particularly on Balinese gamelan gong kebyar repertoire. She has played and danced with groups in the United States and in Bali, most notably the Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung (Florida State University; Asst. Dir. 2009-2012, Dir. 2013) and the Emory University Gamelan (Dir. 2013-2014). Her work with these ensembles has recently been featured in pedagogical videos on gamelan gong kebyar and gamelan tuning for CPALMS, a Florida Department of Education resource, and by the Indonesian-language American news organization Voice of America.

She received her PhD in Musicology from Florida State University in 2013 under the direction of Michael B. Bakan and also holds an MM in Ethnomusicology (FSU, 2009) and a BA in Music (University of Chicago, 2007). Before arriving at Wake Forest, she was the Visiting Instructor in Ethnomusicology and Director of World Music at Emory University (2013-2014). She currently serves as the co-chair for the Society for Ethnomusicology Section on the Status of Women (2013-2016) and as Vice President for the Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast and Caribbean Chapter (2014-2015).

At Wake Forest, Elizabeth teaches undergraduate courses in world and western music culture and history and will direct the Wake Forest gamelan ensemble beginning in Fall 2015.