Division: Scholarly and Professional Studies
Office: MUS 304A
Mina Yang received a BA in art history from Brown University, a master’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a PhD in musicology from Yale University. An assistant professor at Thornton, she has taught at University of California, San Diego, San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of San Francisco. Her book California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2008) examines the intersection of racial politics and musical developments in the West. Her articles have appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, and she has served on the program committees of the Society for American Music and Society for Ethnomusicology. Yang is on the editorial board of Journal of Popular Music Studies and is co-editor of a special issue of Daedalus, a publication of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, on American music, to be published in 2013. Her second book, on classical music and globalization at the turn of the millennium, is currently undergoing review. Her research interests include American and Pacific Rim music; popular culture and mass media; and politics, identity, and music.
- Made solo piano debut with Honolulu Symphony at 14
Honors, Awards & Competitions:
- NEH Summer Scholarship
- USC Provost’s Fellowship
- University of California Pacific Rim Research Grant
- UCSD Academic Senate Grant
- Mellon Grant
- Pianist on “Winter,” Mode 3/6: The Complete John Cage Edition, Volume 2, Atlas Eclipticalis with Winter Music (Mode 2006)
- Classical music and postmodernism
- Asian American culture
- Music, identity, and place
- Popular music and politics
- 21st century musical practices
- California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2008).
- “Moulin Rouge! and the Undoing of Opera,” Cambridge Opera Journal 20, no. 3 (November 2008): 269-282.
- “East Meets West in the Concert Hall: Asians and Classical Music in the Century of Imperialism, Post-Colonialism, and Multiculturalism,” Asian Music 38, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2007): 1-30.
- “Für Elise Circa 2000: Postmodern Readings of Beethoven in Popular Contexts,” Popular Music and Society 29, no. 1 (February 2006): 1-15.
- “A Thin Blue Line Down Central Avenue: The LAPD and the Demise of a Musical Hub,” Black Music Research Journal 21, no. 2 (Fall 2002): 217-239.
- Ph.D, Yale University
- MM, New England Conservatory
- BA, Brown University
Randall Hodgkinson (piano); Louis Krasner, Paul Hersh (chamber music)