Kati Szego

Associate ProfessorProfessor

B. Mus. (Queen’s)

M.A. (Hawaii)
PhD. (Washington)

Room: MU-2010

Kati Szego joined the School of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1995, establishing its program in ethnomusicology. Kati’s interest in cultural border-crossing led her to study the colonial history of music and dance education at the Kamehameha Schools, a K-12 academy for Native Hawaiians in Honolulu. Since then, her work has focused on Hawai‘i and she continues to combine ethnographic and phenomenological approaches with archival research. Ongoing projects on Hawaiian choral music, falsetto singing and yodelling are subsumed by her larger interests in intercultural processes and discourses on vocal production. She is also in the process of reconstructing and interpreting an opera libretto written by Queen Lili‘uokalani, Hawai‘i's last reigning monarch. Seeking research sites closer to home, while continuing to pursue Oceanic themes, Kati is currently examining the roles of women in the ‘ukulele revival that is now sweeping North America and Europe.

Former sound review editor of the Journal of American Folklore, in 2014 Kati assumed the editorship of the Yearbook for Traditional Music, the flagship journal of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). With Beverley Diamond, Kati co-chaired the local arrangements committee for the 2011 ICTM World Conference in St. John's. She is a co-investigator in the SSHRC-MCRI project Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) and has been Acting Director of the Research Centre for Music, Media & Place (MMaP) from 2011-13 and 2015-16.

Selected Recent Publications

2013 Heather Sparling, C. K. Szego and Frances E. Wilkins, eds. special themed issue, “Atlantic Roots and Routes,” MUSICultures 40(1).

2012 Beverley Diamond, C. K. Szego & Heather Sparling, eds. special themed issue, “Indigenous Modernities,” MUSICultures 39(1).

2012 Salwa Castelo-Branco, Beverley Diamond & C. K. Szego, eds. Yearbook for Traditional Music 44.

2012 Co-producer (with Sherry Johnson and Beverley Diamond): Bellows & Bows: Historic Recordings of Traditional Fiddle and Accordion Music from Across Canada. St. John’s: Research Centre for Music, Media and Place. [2 CD-set contained in 160-page book]

2010 The Sound of Rocks Aquiver? Composing Racial Ambivalence in Territorial Hawai‘i. Journal of American Folklore 123(487):31-62.