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Beth Szczepanski

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Director of World Music, Instructor of Trombone

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


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.  The book incorporates data gathered in interviews with monks, pilgrims, and tourists during eleven months of field research in 2006 and 2007 as well as the work of Western and Chinese musicologists, historians, and Buddhist scholars.  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 impact of Chinese immigrants on the development of conga processional music in Cuba.

Academic Credentials

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

BMus. 1999, The University of Oklahoma