How it all started…

Reflective Rhythms was dreamt up by musicologist Cristina Saltos as a portion of her master’s thesis. Half Ecuadorian, Cristina felt frustrated by the lack of representation she saw in her undergraduate music history courses, even though she loved being in class. As a graduate student she realized that although musicologists have been working hard to diversify their curricula, they weren’t really asking the communities they were trying to reach if their ideas were helpful.

Curious about what communities of color actually wanted, Cristina teamed up with the Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP), an Afro-centric human rights and performing arts camp in Ithaca, NY, to find out. CUMEP provided amazing answers and resources that were foundational to this project. Upon returning Cristina worked with a team of local artists and scholars to create an accessible platform that brought CUMEP’s interests to life. Cristina would like to thank CUMEP and the amazing artists and scholars that participated in podcast creation for their significant contributions to this project, as well as Drs. Andrew Dell’Antonio and Sonia Seeman for their invaluable insights. And a very special thank you to YOU, the listener! Thank you so much for being a part of our show. We look forward to hearing from you!

Reflective Rhythms was created through funding from the UT Austin Rainwater Innovation Grant and the UT Austin Fine Arts Diversity Committee. 


About Cristina

Cristina Saltos recently completed her master’s degree in historical musicology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current research focuses on public musicology, critical race theory and Western music, and community music studies. Cristina began playing music when she was eight years old and fell in love with music as a high-school tuba player. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in Music with a concentration in journalism (2016) and has collaborated with the music organization Ithaca Underground in Ithaca, NY to establish an archive that was deposited in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University. In her spare time she enjoys reading, music, television, and being as ridiculous as possible to make her friends laugh.