Teresita Lozano, PhD (ABD) is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Ethnomusicology at West Virginia University. A native of the El Paso, Texas – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua borderland and daughter of Mexican immigrants, Teresita engages in music research that explores the relationship between music, Diaspora, and inherited memory in the construction of transnational identities. Teresita has a strong interest in applied ethnomusicology, including civic engagement and outreach. In 2013, Teresita was awarded a graduate fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where she worked in residence as a Latino Museums Studies fellow. She has presented several papers in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the annual Society for Ethnomusicology, ICTM Applied Ethnomusicology Study Group, and the Latin American Studies Association international conferences.
Teresita is an advocate for musical activism in the community and utilizes her academic and performance background for public education and human rights movements. She served as the music director for the UndocuAmerica Project and as a vocal soloist and co-“artivist” for the Salsa Monologos and Salsa Loteria immigrant women’s project with MOTUS Theater in Boulder, Colorado. Additionally, Teresita’s passion for music education and cultural exchange afforded her a position as the director of Banda MUSE, a children’s Latin American instrumental and vocal ensemble with the Boulder MUSE program at Columbine Elementary School in Colorado.
Teresita is an active flutist and vocalist both professionally and in the larger community. A co-founding member of the Colorado-based traditional Mexican women’s chamber ensemble, Las Dahlias, Teresita fuses her background in both Western classical and world music performance practices. She has performed in a variety of ensembles, including various world music traditions and Early/Baroque music (flauto traverso), and has collaborated in multicultural recording projects with transnational artists, including the newly released Balkan Harvest (Petar Teodosijev 2019).
Teresita is a doctoral candidate in Musicology/Ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Boulder where she will defend her dissertation this Fall. She graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University where she studied flute with Helen Ann Shanley and was awarded the Presser Foundation Award in performance and academia. In 2018, Teresita was awarded the prestigious Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for academic work in religion and ethics.