Loren Chuse

B.A. in French
M.A. in Music History
San Francisco State University

Ph.D in Ethnomusicology
University of California, Los Angeles

Loren is a foreign language specialist with 30 years experience helping children, teenagers and adults develop and enhance their skills in speaking, reading, and writing French and Spanish. Her passion for the study and teaching of foreign language began in high school and continued as she pursued a B.A. in French; went to study for a semester at the Institute des Etudiants Etrangers in Aix-en-Provence, France; lived for a year in Mexico City where she worked as a teacher and translator and more recently, lived in Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain where she conducted academic research on in preparation for her doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology.

Loren has have traveled extensively throughout Mexico and have traveled in Perú and Bolivia, conducting research in Andean music. She spent one summer as a volunteer in Nicaragua, working with children teaching music in the public schools in León. She has also traveled and studied in France and Morocco.

Loren is an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on music of Spain and Latin America, with an additional interest in music of the Arabic-speaking world. Loren received her Ph.D in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. She has a background in Music History and did her Master’s Degree in Music History at San Francisco State University.

Loren has conducted extensive research in Spain on flamenco performance. She is particularly interested in the role of women in Spanish flamenco, both their historical and their contemporary participation. She has investigated the important role of women singers (cantaoras) in the flamenco tradition, as well as the emerging group of women flamenco guitarists, (tocaoras) in Spain. Her doctoral dissertation. The Cantaoras: Music, Gender and Identity in Flamenco Song, was published by Routledge Press as Volume Seven of it’s series, “Outstanding dissertations in Ethnomusicology” in 2003. Her book was later translated into Spanish, published under the title, Mujer Y Flamenco, by Ediciones Signatura in 2007.