College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Brenda M. Romero

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
Imig Music Building N149

Mailing Address:
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Brenda M. Romero is associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, serving as Chair of Musicology from 2004-2007. She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Theory and Composition from the University of New Mexico. She has worked extensively on the pantomimed Matachines music and dance and other folk music genres that reflect both Spanish and Native American origins. She conducted fieldwork in Mexico as a Fulbright García-Robles Scholar in 2000-01 and from January to July 2011 in Colombia as Fulbright Colombia Scholar, and taught a musicology course at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.   

Dr. Romero performed as Matachines violinist for the Pueblo of Jemez between 1989 – 98 and received the 2005 Society for American Music’s “Sight and Sound” subvention toward the production of her 2008 CD, Canciones de mis patrias: Songs of My Homelands, Early New Mexican Folk Songs.  She is coeditor of Dancing across Borders:  Danzas y bailes mexicanos (University of Illinois Press, 2009) and is currently completing a book, Matachines, Transcultural Creativity and Renewal in the Americas (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming). She co-produced a short video documentary on the Southern California Cahuilla Birdsong Festival (1987), and produced a one-hour video documentary on the Ute Mountain Ute Bear Dance (2010) and has appeared on documentaries on regional musics.  

Dr. Romero served as Program Chair for the 2003 International CMS meeting in Costa Rica and was facilitator, contributor, and host for the College Music Society Summer Institute on the Pedagogies of World Music Theories, held in 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was facilitator and Program Chair for the 2009 Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting held in Mexico City. She is the Program Chair for the 2016 College Music Society Annual Meeting to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.