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Beth Szczepanski

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Area Coordinator of World Music

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Beth Szczepanski teaches courses in ethnomusicology at Lewis and Clark.  Topics of her courses include theory and methods of ethnomusicology, music of Latin America and the Caribbean, and music of Asia.  


Dr. Szczepanski’s research focuses on Chinese Buddhist music. Her book entitled The Instrumental Music of Wutaishan’s Buddhist Monasteries: Social and Ritual Contexts, was published by Ashgate in March of 2012.  Dr. Szczepanski has also presented papers on topics related to Chinese Buddhist music at conferences in the US, Europe and China.  She is currently working on an article suggesting a new standard for the transcription of traditional Chinese music into Western notation and beginning a new project on the development of music in Buddhist organizations in California.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 2008, M.A. 2004 The Ohio State University

BMus. 1999, The University of Oklahoma