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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Center for Latin American Studies
Welson Tremura (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professor in the School of Music and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida where he developed and directs the UF Guitar and Jacaré Brazil vocal and instrumental ensembles (Brazilian music repertoires). Specializing in ethnomusicology (folk religion, technology, and interdisciplinary projects) and world music, Dr. Tremura has created new media and used the Internet and technology to promote performance connecting distant people through music. He coordinates the world music ensembles, is a member of the Alachua Guitar Quartet, and is the Director of the Brazilian Music Institute. Dr. Tremura teaches courses in ethnomusicology, research and methodologies, world music, Latin America music and culture, and coordinates the world music ensembles. He is currently the chair of the faculty council, a graduate academic advisor, and collaborates with several University units, including the School of Theater and Dance, Digital Worlds Institute, and Academic Technology. Dr. Tremura's publication “Brazilian Folia de Reis: With An Open Heart: A Spiritual Journey Through Song” is available in paperback throughout several publishing sites. He also maintains an active performance schedule and has been involved in performances and interdisciplinary projects in Brazil, the United States, Europe, New Zealand, and China.