Louise Wrazen is an ethnomusicologist with a background in musicology and education. Her research concerns music and dance in transnational contexts and global networks; music and gender; music, place and memory – with a focus on the Tatra mountain region of southern Poland. New research projects include music and (dis)ability; discourses of musical diversity in Toronto; humour and music of the Tatras in transitions to a new Europe.
Professor Wrazen is currently working on a monograph on ethnographic and narrative interventions in music life stories. She co-edited the volume Performing Gender, Place, and Emotion (University of Rochester Press, 2013). Her articles have appeared in the journals Ethnomusicology, Yearbook for Traditional Music, Intersections, The Anthropology of East Europe Review, Canadian Journal for Traditional Music (now MUSICultures) and Asian Music, and she has contributed to the edited volume Women Singers in Global Contexts and The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, among others.
Active with international and national scholarly music societies including the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the International Council for Traditional Music, and the Canadian Society for Traditional Music, Dr. Wrazen has served as chair of the SEM 21st Century Fellowship committee, which recognizes exceptional dissertation fieldwork, and is currently a member of the SEM Council. In addition to previous teaching appointments at Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU), she has also taught in Toronto’s public school system and has been involved in programming for children with special needs. Trained in classical piano, she has performed Balkan and Polish Tatra music with Toronto-based groups.