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Victoria Levine


Victoria Lindsay Levine teaches ethnomusicology at Colorado College, which is located on traditional lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho peoples. Her research focuses on the musical cultures of First Peoples of North America, especially those from Oklahoma whose ancestors originated in what are currently the Southeastern United States. Levine has published on diverse topics in Indigenous music, including: music and dance of the Choctaw, Yuchi, Chickasaw, and other Woodland peoples; the history of visual representations of Native music; revitalizing and reclaiming Native music; form, design, and meaning in Native music; intertribal music and dance; music and dance of Native peoples from the Southwestern U.S.; Native musical instruments; and general surveys. Levine has also researched and written about Spanish New Mexican folk songs, the circulation of musical cultures through maritime trade in the early modern era, and music curricula at liberal arts colleges. She has performed throughout the Rocky Mountain region and in Bali, Indonesia with the Colorado College gamelan. Levine participates in the Southwest Studies and Asian Studies interdisciplinary programs and served as the W. M. Keck Foundation Director of the Hulbert Center for Southwestern Studies (1999-2004).

At Colorado College Levine has held the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professorship (1991-93) and the Christine S. Johnson Professorship in Music (2011-13). She currently holds the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities (2017-20). Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Colorado College, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (with Dylan Robinson), and the Society for Ethnomusicology. Levine is a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music.


Levine’s major publications are Choctaw Music and Dance (with James Howard, 1990); Music in the Rubén Cobos Collection of Spanish New Mexican Folklore: A Descriptive Catalogue (edited with Amanda Chace, 1999); Writing American Indian Music: Historic Transcriptions, Notations, and Arrangements (2002); This Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl (edited with Philip Bohlman, 2015); and Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America (edited with Dylan Robinson, 2019). She has published articles in edited collections, academic journals, and encyclopedias

Regular Classes

MU 291, Music in Culture: Native American Southwest

MU 295, Music in Culture: Indonesia

MU 393, Comparative Music Theory

MU 395, Irish Traditional Music

MU 397, Advanced Topics in Music: Song, Poetry, and Performance in the Southwest

MU 398, Advanced Topics in Music: American Folk Music

MU 401, Independent Study/Senior Thesis

MU 435, Capstone Seminar


    B.Music, San Francisco State University, 1977

    B.A., San Francisco State University, 1977

    M.A., San Francisco State University, 1980

    Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990