Associate Professor
College of Music


Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of California Los Angeles, 1993
M.Mus., B.Mus., Music Theory and Composition, University of New Mexico, 1983

Regional and Thematic Interests

Literature and the Arts


Brenda M. Romero is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she has been on the faculty since 1988, serving as Chair of Musicology from 2004-2007. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California in Los Angeles, and received her 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 New Mexican folk music genres that reflect both Spanish and Indian origins. Since 1998 she has extended her fieldwork and research on Matachines to Mexico and in January 2007 to Colombia, and has published various articles on the subject. She is co-editor with Olga Nájera-Ramírez and Norma Cantú of Dancing across Borders: Danzas y Bailes Mexicanos (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming). She founded and facilitates the College Music Society Summer Institute on the Pedagogies of World Music Theories, which she hosts every other summer in Boulder. In November 2007 she spoke at a UNESCO/Northeastern University Symposium on “Music and Intercultural Dialogue” in Paris.