Ter Ellingson

Ter EllingsonProfessor of Music;
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Comparative Religion, and South Asian Studies

Office: Room 28D, Music Building
(206) 543-7211 ellingsn@u.washington.edu

M.A., Religion, University of Chicago;
Ph.D., Anthropology/Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin

Areas of Specialization:
Tibet, Nepal, Buddhist Cultures; Ritual, Symbolism, History, Notation/Transcription, Visual Media.

Publications Include:

  • The Myth of the Noble Savage (University of California Press, 2001) Link to UC Press Publication Announcement
  • The Mandala of Sound: Sound and Concept in Tibetan Ritual Music (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • The Discovery of Music: Transcription and the Search for Ethnomusicological Paradigms (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)
  • “The Techniques of Chordal Singing in the Tibetan Style” in American Anthropologist 72(4):826-831.
  • “Ancient Indian Drum Syllables and Bu Ston’s Shampata Ritual” in Ethnomusicology 24(3):431-452.
  • “The Mathematics of Tibetan Rol Mo” in Ethnomusicology 23(2):225-243.
  • Theoretical and methodological chapters in standard reference works (Grove Handbook of Ethnomusicology, Encyclopedia of Religion), and articles on Tibetan, Newar, and other Asian musics, religions, and cultures.

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