Dr. Ketty Wong-Cruz, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, received an "Outstanding Individual" award from the Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity this month when she was recognized as the Faculty Advisor of the Year for her work with the Xi Chapter collegiate members of Mu Phi Epsilon at KU.
In her initial year as Xi Chapter advisory, Dr. Wong-Cruz was able to bring the KU chapter back from almost being disbanded. With increasing membership, the chapter has now reinstated the annual recital in Swarthout Recital Hall, presented community music projects, hosted receptions for student recitals and will be participating in district and national conventions.
Wong-Cruz joined the KU faculty in August 2006, having taught previously at the University of Texas at Austin and in her home country Ecuador. She holds a master's degree in ethnomusicology from UT Austin and a master's in musicology from the Moscow Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky. She received her Ph. D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation on how urban popular music has constructed varied perceptions of Ecuadorian national identity. Her research interests focus on Latin American art, folk, and traditional music, nationalisms, identity, migration, and popular music.
Mu Phi Epsilon is a professional music fraternity whose purposes are the recognition of scholarship and musician and the promotion of friendship. Its aims are the advancement of music throughout the world, the promotion of musicianship and scholarship, loyalty to the Alma Mater, and the development of a true bond of friendship.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. www.music.ku.edu