» Ronald Conner
Adjunct Faculty

College of Performing Arts
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Ronald Conner
Lecturer, Ethnomusicology
Office Location:
Bertea Hall 221
(714) 532-6012
University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology
University of California, Riverside, Master of Arts in Music
Ronald Conner, M.A., C.Phil., is an ethnomusicologist with research specializations in Brazilian popular and traditional musics, particularly Afrobrazilian carnival styles and indigenous ritual performance in the Northeast region. He received his B.A. in ethnomusicology from UCLA (2007), his M.A. in music/ethnomusicology from UC Riverside (2009), and is presently completing his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UCLA (expected 2014). His dissertation, “Sounding into Being: The Musical Ethnogenesis of the Brazilian Tapeba People” (in progress), based on fieldwork undertaken in Northeast Brazil’s Ceará state, examines the cultivation and performance of the toré music ritual and its uses in advancing identitarian practice and land-centered political mobilization among the first federally recognized (re)emerged indigenous group in Ceará. Recipient of several intramural fellowships at UCLA and UC Riverside, as well as a dissertation fieldwork grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Ron has presented papers at conferences and symposia in the U.S. and abroad, taught survey courses in Latin American and Western art music at Cal State San Bernardino and UC Riverside, and guest-lectured on his research at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and the State University of Ceará (UECE) in Fortaleza, Brazil.