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Dale A. Olsen
Florida State University
School of Music
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180
(850) 644-5536

DALE A. OLSEN, Distinguished Research Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Center for Music of the Americas, and Director of the Summer Program in Vietnam. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in historical musicology and flute performance from the University of Minnesota and the Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Santiago, Chile, where he performed as principal flutist in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile in the late 1960s, he has since conducted fieldwork in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela in South America; China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam in Asia; Aotearoa, Fiji, Rarotonga, and Tonga in Polynesia; and elsewhere around the world. He has received funding from NEH, Fulbright, Japan Foundation, and FSU for research and performance, and has lectured and performed concerts in many countries. He holds an artist diploma (natori) in the Japanese Kinko-ryû shakuhachi and also performs on numerous Andean instruments.

Dr. Olsen has more than one-hundred publications, including the following books: Music of the Warao of Venezuela: Song People of the Rain Forest (winner of the 1997 Merriam Prize for the "Most Outstanding Book in Ethnomusicology"); Musics of Many Cultures: Study Guide and Workbook (4th edition); Music of El Dorado: The Ethnomusicology of Ancient South American Cultures; The Garland Handbook of Latin American Music; and The Chrysanthemum and the Song: Music, Memory, and Identity in the South American Japanese Diaspora. He also edited Music of Latin America (Study Guide in series Sounds of the World); co-edited Volume 2 of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music; and was Recording Review Editor for Ethnomusicology. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, Asian Music Journal, Ethnomusicology, Latin American Music Review, College Music Symposium, and Journal of Latin American Lore. He has also contributed many book chapters.

Dr. Olsen has served on the Council, Board of Directors, and as First Vice President of the Society for Ethnomusicology; as the Board Member for Ethnomusicology and President of The College Music Society; as President of the Florida Folklore Society; and as President of the Southeastern-Caribbean Chapter of SEM.

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