Ellen Rice

Co-Director, Brazilian Music Club

B.A. in Music (Concentration in Ethnomusicology)- American University, 2013.
M.M. in Musicology; Graduate Minor in Museum Studies - UIUC, 2019.

Interested in the music of the Brazilian northeast, and of Brazilian communities in the U.S., Ellen’s current work focuses on female popular musicians in Recife, Pernambuco, the politics and aesthetics of self-production, and constructions of femininity. Their masters thesis explores constructions of gender in the Brazilian northeast, and shows how the work of female musicians in that region can provide new possibilities for alternative femininities. Other interests include the impact of museums and discourses of intangible cultural heritage on musicians in Brazil, and intersections of applied ethnomusicology and museum studies.

Along with UIUC faculty member Dr. Mike Silvers, Ellen served as co-leader and co-founder of the UIUC Brazilian Armorial Ensemble (Nação Terra do Milho), performing on cello, rabeca, and percussion with the ensemble.