Jane L. Florine
Ph.D., Florida State University
Jane L. Florine, Professor of Music (ethnomusicology/musicology), is a specialist in the music of Latin America (Argentina). She has been a faculty member at Chicago State University, where she teaches classes in both Western and non-Western music, since 1997. Some of her current courses include Music History & Literature I, II, and III; World Music Cultures; Music of Latin America; and Music of Africa. Dr. Florine’s academic credentials include a B.A. summa cum laude degree (Spanish, music) from the University of Minnesota, the M.A. (intercultural relations) from Lesley College, and the Ph.D. (ethnomusicology) from Florida State University.
Dr. Florine was a professional flutist and chamber musician in Argentina from 1975-1987, where she was a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Orquesta Filarmónica del Teatro Colón, and Orquesta Estable del Teatro Argentino de La Plata; she offered frequent solo recitals. After returning to the United States, she taught flute part-time at Boston Conservatory and held a variety of administrative positions in higher education. Her Ph.D. fieldwork was carried out in Córdoba, Argentina, funded by a Fulbright Fellowship, and her dissertation was written with the support of a Florida State University Dissertation Fellowship. During the 2004/05 academic year, she used a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program Fellowship to do field research in Cosquín, Argentina, about the country’s National Folklore Festival; she then held a 2005/06 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin writing a book on the same topic. The recipient of numerous other awards and grants in the areas of both performance and scholarship, she has presented papers at many national and international conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She has also served as a consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has offered ethnomusicological and intercultural workshops/lectures in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Florine is the author of a book, Cuarteto Music and Dancing from Argentina: In Search of the Tunga-Tunga in Córdoba (University Press of Florida, 2001). She is currently working on a second book to be called A Hymn to Cosquín: Music and Meaning at Argentina’s National Folklore Festival. Other publications include articles, translations, and reviews found in Latin American Music Review, Popular Music and Society, Ethnomusicology, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Genres (in press), and conference proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (Latin American branch).
An active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), Dr. Florine is a Past President of the organization’s Midwest Chapter. She hosted the 2000 regional SEM meeting at Chicago State University and has been a member of several SEM conference and award committees. Her other memberships include the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, College Music Society, Asociación Argentina de Musicología, Midwest Popular Culture Association (she is the Area Chair of Latin American Popular Culture), Latin American Studies Association, and National Flute Association. She has served as the Faculty Advisor of Chicago State University’s Gamma Nu Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, and she has been the recipient of Chicago State University Faculty Excellence Awards in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002.