Thalea Stokes (they/them) is a scholarly musician specializing in both double bass performance and applied ethnomusicology. From their experiences traveling the world as the child of military parents, Thalea has been immersed in multicultural settings from an early age. Throughout their primary and secondary education, Thalea developed a proficiency in classical double bass and deep interest in East Asian music cultural practices.
At the university level, Thalea has pursued an educational path that has reflected their interest in a participatory and scholarly pursuit of music. From Western Michigan University, Thalea has earned a BA in International and Global Studies (with a geographic focus on China), a BM in Double Bass Performance, and an MA in music (with an area focus on ethnomusicology). Their Master's Thesis is a comprehensive ethnography of the unique and diasporic effects of Mongolian music culture in China.
Thalea is currently a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago where they are continuing their focus on Mongolian music. Their dissertation work examines the Mongolian hip hop communities of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China.
Thalea’s primary aspiration in life is to establish a school for world music, modeled after their own fine arts high school, to provide a means by which school-aged children can critically study and engage with different cultures and languages through culturally relevant and diverse music.
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