Andrés Amado

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Andrés Amado is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Masters of Arts in ethnomusicology from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Brigham Young University. He is currently conducting ethnographic and archival research in Guatemala, his home country, to investigate the cosmopolitan and transnational dimensions of Guatemalan national identity in the early 20th century through imported music and dance genres, such as the fox trot. Andrés has presented papers at various conferences and was recently awarded the Vida Chenoweth paper prize (Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains). He has presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains (2011, 2010, 2009), Society for Ethnomusicology (2010, 2009), The University of Texas Center for Teaching and Learning Graduate Student Colloquium (2010), Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (2009, 2008), The Congress for Central American Cultural Studies (2009), and others. In 2010 he published a paper on Guatemalan music and postcolonialism in Istmo: Revista Virtual de Estudios Literarios Culturales Centroamericanos (Isthmus: Online Journal of Central American Literary and Cultural Studies).

At the University of Texas, Andrés worked as the assistant editor of the Latin America Music Review and taught undergraduates as the instructor of record of Introduction to Western Music (Music 302L) and Introduction to Traditional Music in World Cultures (Music 303M). He has also worked as a Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate courses The Business of Music Performance (taught by Dr. Glenn Richter), and History of Rock (taught by Dr. Stephen Slawek). In 2010 the Center for Teaching and Learning awarded him the Graduate Instructor Award for his "specially significant contribution to the classroom experiences of undergraduate students."

As a musician Andrés has participated in Western and non-Western ensembles, including the ASU and UT Gamelans, the ASU Latin Marimba Ensemble, and many choral ensembles. He received training in choral conducting from Dr. Brady Allred (Salt Lake Choral Artists Summer Institute), Dr. Gregory Gentry (Arizona State University), and Rosalind Hall (Brigham Young University), and has presented workshops on choral music in Guatemala City in 2009 and 2010. As a choral musician he has collaborated in recording projects with The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and The University of Utah Singers, among others. Andrés has also worked in graduate student organizations serving as Student Representative of the Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains, as Co-President of the Association of Graduate Ethnomusicology and Musicology Students (AGEMS) at the University of Texas, and as program committee member for the conference of the Graduate Association of Music and Musicians at the University of Texas (GAMMA-UT).