Ireri Chávez Bárcenas

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Postdoctoral Associate


17th century music, with an emphasis on the Hispanic World; 17th and 18th century Italian opera; cultural history of New Spain; religious studies.


Ireri E. Chávez Bárcenas received her doctoral degree in musicology with a certificate in Latin American Studies at Princeton University in 2018. She received her master’s degree (summa cum laude) in religion and music from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (2010). Her work analyzes the performance of villancicos within the institutional and social fabric of Puebla de los Ángeles, and develops a new methodology for the study of function, meaning, and transmission of the vernacular song tradition in the Spanish empire.

Her essays on Novohispanic villancicos and Italian opera seria have or will appear in various edited volumes, including “Vivaldi’s Motezuma: The Conquest of Mexico in the Venetian Operatic Stage,” in The New World in Early Modern Italy, 1492-1750 (Cambridge University Press, 2017); and “Villancicos de Navidad y espiritualidad postridentina en Puebla de los Ángeles en el siglo XVII,” in Nuevas perspectivas en torno al villancico en el mundo ibérico (ss. XV-XIX) (Reichenberger, forthcoming 2018). She collaborated with historian Vera Candiani in the project Listening to Colonial Latin America: Music, Sounds and Silence as Historical Sources (2013), a music and visual website designed for the undergraduate history course in Colonial Latin America at Princeton University. She has been the recipient of the Lassen Fellowship in Latin American studies, the Hooker-Dwight Fellowship in theological studies, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music Post-doctoral Fellowship. In 2019 she will join the faculty of Bowdoin College as assistant professor of music.

Selected Publications:

  • “New Spain in the Age of Expansion: Early Manifestations of Musical Globalization.” In Sound, Music, and Alterities in Early Modernity, edited by Suzanne G. Cusick and Emily Wilbourne (in progress).
  • “Un’altra Venecia nel mondo: México, la conquista y Moctezuma según Vivaldi.” In Gli scambi musicali fra Italia e Spagna nei secoli XVIII e XIX, edited by Victor Sánchez Sánchez (Ut Orpheus, forthcoming 2019).
  • “Villancicos de Navidad y espiritualidad postridentina en Puebla de los Ángeles en el siglo XVII.” In Nuevas perspectivas en torno al villancico en el mundo ibérico (ss. XV-XIX), edited by Esther Borrego and Javier Marín (Reichenberger, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Reconsideraciones historiográficas sobre el barroco para el estudio de la música virreinal.” In Músicas coloniales a debate (1492-1898): procesos de intercambio euroafricanos, edited by Javier Marín (Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Vivaldi’s Motezuma: The Conquest of Mexico in the Venetian Operatic Stage.” In The New World in Early Modern Italy, 1492-1750, edited by Elizabeth Horodowich and Lia Markey (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
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