Marysol Quevedo is assistant professor of musicology at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Through her research she mainly explores art music in Cuba before and after the 1959 Revolution, examining the relationship between music composition, national identity, and the Cuban socialist regime. Connected to these interests, she also works on cultural diplomacy during the Cold War and art music networks during and after the Second World War.
Quevedo is currently working on her first monograph, under contract with Oxford University Press, titled Cuban Music Counterpoints. This research project is supported by the University of Miami’s Provost Research Award, UMIA Faculty Seed Grant, UM’s Fellowship in the Arts & Humanities Award, and Faculty Fellowship at UM’s Center for the Humanities.
As an expert on music from Cuba and Latin America, Quevedo has been quoted in the New York Times, and has delivered dynamic and engaging presentations on these topics for private and public engagements with Salesforce and the New World Symphony.
Quevedo holds a PhD in Musicology from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at the Frost School of Music, she worked as Program Specialist for the Society for Ethnomusicology, and as Instructor for Indiana University’s Department of Musicology and Instructor and Research Associate at IU’s Latin American Music Center. She has traveled to Cuba several times, chronicling her experience in the blog myresearchincuba. With a minor in ethnomusicology, she favors an interdisciplinary approach that combines the methods of both historical musicology and ethnographic fieldwork.
Quevedo has conducted research at Florida International University’s Diaz-Ayala Music Collection thanks to the Diaz-Ayala travel research grant, and the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami, thanks to a generous dissertation research fellowship provided by the Goizueta Foundation.
Quevedo received initial music education at the Coro de Niños de San Juan and later at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, where she studied flute, cello, and music theory. After graduating from the CMPR’s Pre-College Program, she attended the University of Central Florida, studying with Nora Lee García and receiving a BM in flute performance.
You can find her contact information in her Frost School of Music Faculty Page.
With an interest in public musicology, Quevedo has recently collaborated with the New World Symphony writing a guest blog post on “Latin American Classical Music in the United States” that you can read here. She also provided a lecture component for Ensemble Ibis’s October 2021 Music of the Americas concert, which you can watch here. Regarding Quevedo’s lecture the South Florida Classical Review wrote:
“The program replaced the standard notes with short introductions from the stage by assistant professor of musicology Dr. Marysol Quevedo, and prerecorded videos in which some of the composers discussed their works. This is still innovative and uncommon, and is always an engaging way to bring the music to the audience, and should be done more often.”
In 2019, Quevedo talked about pre- and post-1959 culture in Cuba, along with historian Elizabeth Schwall and Steven Hyland in the Historias podcast of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. You can listen to the episode through the player below or by clicking on this link.
In this video for Frost School of Music’s “In the Spotlight” segment for Hispanic Heritage Month 2018, Quevedo talks about researching and teaching Latin American Music.