Alec Norkey
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: contemporary Western art music, cultural anthropology, hermeneutics, cultural production, aesthetics and musical ontologies

Alec Norkey is currently a second-year PhD student in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. After receiving his BM degree from Hope College in Violin Performance and Chemistry, Alec completed MM degrees in both Violin Performance and Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. His ethnomusicology master’s thesis explored issues of postcolonialism, intersectional feminism, vocality, Japanese popular music, Japanese area studies, virtual spaces, and online media. He has guest lectured on these topics at both UCLA and BGSU, and has presented this research at the Popular Culture Association – American Culture Association National Conference and the BGSU Charles Shanklin Colloquium. Alec’s current research interests include cultural anthropology, hermeneutics, identity, Western art music in contemporary America, free-lance work in metropolitan music scenes, musical ontologies and aesthetics, higher education, and cultural production. Thanks to his graduate studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Alec regularly collaborates with composers and has garnered extensive experience in performing contemporary Western art music.

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