Susan   M.  Hurley-Glowa

Associate Professor  

Office: BEIDM 202
Phone: (956) 882-5787
Email: susan.hurleyglowa@utrgv.edu

Dr. Susan M. Hurley-Glowa

Susan Hurley-Glowa holds a PhD and MA in ethnomusicology from Brown University, and degrees in performance from SUNY Potsdam (BM), University of Louisville (MM), and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. Her research interests include Luso-Africa, Latin America, and Alaska Native music cultures.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Cape Verdean Music, Luso African Music, Alaska Native cultures, ethnographic film, fieldwork issues, sustainability
  • Education

    • PhD, Music, Brown University, 1997
    • MA, Music, Brown University, 1991
    • MM, Music Performance, University of Louisville, 1986
    • MM, Music Performance, State Conservatory of Music Freiburg Im Breisgau, 1984
    • BM, Performance, State University College - Potsdam, 1981




Selected Publications


  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. Journey of a Badiu: The Story of Cape Verdean-American Musician Norberto Tavares (55 Min. Documentary Film). Vancouver, BC: Villon Films, 2017.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Alaska Native Ways of Knowing and the Sustenance of Musical Communities in an Ailing Petrostate”," Cultural Sustainabilties: Music, Media, Language, Advocacy. Champaign, Ill: University of Illinois Press, December 2017.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. The Black Atlantic Exchange. Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde Islands 1977 - 1988,” featuring Cape Verdean music from the 1980s. . Brooklyn, NY: Ostinato Records, February 2017.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Walking Between the Lines: Cape Verdean Musical Communities in North America.," “Performing the New Diasporas: Contemporary African Ritual Music in North America,. Brownsville: The World of Music (Journal of the Department of Musicology of the Georg August University Göttingen 4, no. 2015:2 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2015): 57-82.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Cape Verdeans in the Atlantic: The Historical Formation of Kriolu Music and Dance Styles on Ship and in Port.," Rhodes University, Grahamstown: African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music 10, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2015): 7-30.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. The Accordion in the Americas: Klezmer, Polka, Tango, Zydeco, and More! ed. by Helena Simonett. Latin American Music Review, 35, no. 2 2014: 298–301.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. Music of the Republic of Cape Verde . Oxford Music Online/Grove Music Online. Reference work, Encyclopedic dictionary. London: Oxford Music Online/Grove Music Online, 2014: 11 pages.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. Music of the Republic of Guinea Bissau . Oxford Music Online/Grove Music Online. Reference work, Encyclopedic dictionary. London: Oxford Music Online/Grove Music Online, 2014: 5 pages.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. Excursiones Musicales, Weekly 30-minute World Music Radio Program. Harlingen, TX: 88 FM Rio Grande Valley Public Radio, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2014.

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. Island Songs: A Global Repertoire. Edited by Godfrey Baldacchino. Plymouth, UK and Lantham, MD. USA: The Scarecrow Press. 2011. 297 pp. . Edmonton, Alberta: MUSICultures, Journal of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music, Vol 40, no. 2 (2013) October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2013: 2.



Selected Presentations


  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. ""How Legends are Made: Building the Legacy of Cape Verdean Folk Hero Norberto Tavares."," The 44th ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) World Conference , ICTM and the University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland (July 2017)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. ""Norberto Tavares: Music and Research"," University of Cape Verde, Praia, Cape Verde, W. Africa (January 2017)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "“Fossil Fuels, Climate Change, and the Sustenance of Musical Communities in Fairbanks, Alaska“ ," The 61st Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) , Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and The George Washington University, Washington, DC (November 2016)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Norberto Tavares's Legacy," A Musical Tribute to Norberto Tavares, The Norberto Tavares Foundation, Pawtucket, Rhode Island (June 2016)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Special performance of Cape Verdean music with the SEM-O Ensemble," The 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) , UT Austin, Austin, TX (December 2015)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "“The Metamorphosis of Funana Songs in Independent Cape Verde: A Comparison of Lyrics, Structures, and Melodies in the Songs of Kodé di Dona (1940-2010) and Norberto Tavares (1956-2010).”," “From ‘Terrain’ to Stage: Traditions of Improvised Performances and their Change in Form and Function.”, University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Freiburg, Germany (November 2014)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "“Singing Songs of Hope for a New Nation: Norberto Tavares’s Musical Visions for Democratic Cape Verde” ," The 59th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology , Society for Ethnomusicology,, Pittsburgh, PA (November 2014)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "“From Cape Verde To Cardiff And Beyond: The Formation Of Cape Verdean Musical Communities On Ship And In Port.” ," “Music Around The Atlantic Rim,” A Joint Conference Hosted By The British Forum For Ethnomusicology and the AHRC Research Networking Project ‘Atlantic Sounds: Ships And Sailortowns.’ , British Forum For Ethnomusicology and the AHRC Research Networking Project ‘Atlantic Sounds: Ships And Sailortowns.’, Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain (October 2013)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "“Teaching Mariachi in the Rio Grande Valley and Beyond.” ," College Music Society (CMS) South Central Regional Conference, College Music Society (CMS), UTB, Brownsville, TX (March 2013)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Banda Música;” Bavarian Brass Band’s Cousin Abroad.” ," First International Symposium on Latin American Music. Transcending Borders: Latin American Music and its Projection onto the World Stage. , Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA (February 2013)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "FSAF Symphony and Chamber Orchestra," Fairbanks, AK (2016)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Vivica Genaux and Friends: Opera Fairbanks," Opera Fairbanks: The Farthest North Professional Opera Company. Fairbanks, AK, USA (2016)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "FSAF Symphony and Chamber Orchestra," Fairbanks, AK (2015)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Hansel and Gretel: Opera Fairbanks," Opera Fairbanks: The Farthest North Professional Opera Company. Fairbanks, AK, USA (2015)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Journey of a Badiu: The Story of Cape Verdean American Musician Norberto Tavares," Praia and Mindelo, Cape Verde (2014)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Journey of a Badiu: The Story of Cape Verdean American Musician Norberto Tavares," Brownsville, TX (2014)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "FSAF Symphony and Chamber Orchestra," Fairbanks, AK (2014)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Journey of a Badiu: The Story of Cape Verdean American Musician Norberto Tavares," Berlin, Germany (2014)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Patron of the Arts UTB Faculty Brass Quintet Concert," UTB Faculty Brass Quintet. Arts Center, UTB campus, Brownsville, TX (2013)

  • Susan Hurley-Glowa. "Carmen (opera by Bizet): Opera Fairbanks," Opera Fairbanks: The Farthest North Professional Opera Company. Fairbanks, AK, USA (2013)

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