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Dr. Maria Roditeleva-Wibe

Picture of MariaSenior Lecturer of Music Theory & History

Maria Roditeleva-Wibe is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Music Department at CWU,specializing in Music History, Music Theory, and World Music. Prior to her arrival at CWU in 2000, Dr. Roditeleva-Wibe was an Assistant Professor of Music at Herzen Pedagogical University in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she taught music theory, music history, piano, and advanced courses in ethnomusicology.

Dr. Roditeleva-Wibe is a native of Ufa, the capital of Bashkiria, in south-central Russia, where she began learning the piano at the age of four. Her musical training took shape at the State Institute of Arts Conservatory in Ufa, from which she received an M.A. in musicology. She completed her doctorate under the direction of the noted Russian ethnomusicologist Dr. Izaly Zemtsovsky at the Russian Institute of Arts History (St. Petersburg), where she focused her research on the Russian folk song traditions in Bashkiria.

An accomplished pianist, Dr. Roditeleva-Wibe regularly accompanies students and faculty members at recitals, and after coming to the United States, she received organ instruction from Margret Gries. Her many piano and organ recitals at CWU have included such works as Tchaikovsky’s The Twelve Seasons and Maurice Durufle’s Requiem, as well as guest performances with the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth, Washington, participation in the “Beethoven in Ellensburg” series, and organ recitals at First Lutheran Church and First United Methodist Church in Ellensburg. To help commemorate the opening of the new McIntyre Music building in 2004, she played Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etude in F minor No. 10 in the first public performance held in CWU’s new Concert Hall.

Dr.Roditeleva-Wibe continues her research on Russian folk music traditions by traveling to Russia and making video and audio recordings of folk songs in Bashkiria. In 2008 she presented papers based on her research at conferences sponsored by the Society for Ethnomusicology in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Middletown, Connecticut. Previously, she also participated in ethnomusicological conferences in Russia, Finland, and the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

Scholarly articles written by Dr. Roditeleva-Wibe have appeared in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001), Ethnologiefrançaise, Living Antiquity, and several Russian-language anthologies published by academic institutions in Saint Petersburg. Currently she is preparing an article for publication in Ethnomusicology, the journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

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