Meet the Advisory Board for Imagine Then Vote!

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Jeffrey A. Summit, Ph.D. holds the appointment of Research Professor in the Department of Music and in the Judaic Studies program at Tufts University, where he also serves as rabbi and Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel. He is the author of Singing God’s Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism (Oxford University Press) and The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship (Oxford University Press). His CD Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) was nominated for a GRAMMY award. His CD with video Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) was awarded Best World Music CD by the Independent Music Awards.


Steeped in the musical traditions of the Near East and trained in western concert music
and jazz, Syrian-American Kareem Roustom
 (b. 1971) is a musically bilingual composer who has collaborated with a wide variety of artists receiving numerous commissions to compose works for the Kronos Quartet, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and he has also written arrangements for Shakira, Beyoncé, Tina Turner and others.
Roustom’s music has been performed world-wide at prestigious festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Lucerne Festival, and the Salzburg Festival and by groups such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra under Donald Runnicles, and others. His work in independent film, which includes fifteen film scores and numerous TV arranging credits, has earned him an Emmy-nomination, a Sundance Film Composers Lab Fellowship, and BMI’s Pete Carpenter Fellowship.  Roustom holds the position of Professor of the Practice at Tufts University in Boston, USA where he teaches composition, & Arab music.


Michael Frishkopf, Professor of Music at the University of Alberta, is an ethnomusicologist and composer. A graduate of Yale College (BS Mathematics, 1984), Tufts University (MA Ethnomusicology, 1989), and the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. Music, 1999), Dr. Frishkopf’s ethnomusicological research interests include music of the Arab world; Sufi music; sound in Islamic ritual performance; music and religion; comparative music theory; the sociology of musical taste; social network analysis; (virtual [world) music]; digital music repositories; deep learning for sound recognition and music information retrieval; music in West Africa; participatory action research; psychoacoustics and music cognition; music and global health; indigenous medicine and music as medicine for integrative health; and music for global human development and social change.

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Jennifer Milioto Matsue (B.A. Wellesley College and M.A. and Ph.D. University of Chicago) is an ethnomusicologist specializing in modern Japanese music and culture. She has conducted research on a variety of music cultures in contemporary Japan including the Tokyo hardcore rock scene, nagauta (a type of traditional chamber music featuring the three-string lute shamisen), raves, the increasingly popular world of taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming), and Vocaloid Hatsune Miku. She is interested in how performers find meaning through participating in such worlds, with a particular focus on women’s roles in music making. She is the author of the monograph Making Music in Japan’s Underground: The Tokyo Hardcore Scene (Routledge 2008) and Focus: Music in Contemporary Japan (Routledge 2015), as well as several articles on related topics. She is now embarking on new research on iconic performer Björk, and developing new courses on Music Activism. She is Director of the World Musics and Cultures Program, and serves as Professor in Music, Asian Studies, and Anthropology at Union College in Schenectady, New York.


Kathleen A. Camara (Ph.D., Stanford University; M.A., Northwestern University) is Associate Professor at Tufts University in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development where she is the Coordinator for the Arts and Children’s Development Concentration. As Director of the Consortium for Research and Evaluation in Arts and Youth Development, she is the Principal Investigator for several research projects focused on arts and youth development. Her research and program evaluation work is focused on the impact of arts participation on youth from underserved communities and on children with autism spectrum disorders. She is interested in promising practices used in teaching and guiding children and youth in arts-integrated schools toward positive development, achievement and empowerment. Her most recent work, the YouthBEAT Research and Evaluation Study of Music and Youth Development, conducted in collaboration with Berklee College of Music and the Berklee City Music Program and its affiliated network sites, examines how participation in contemporary music after-school programs is related to positive development among youth from underserved communities.. She has taught at the pre-K through college levels and she serves as a development and evaluation consultant to music and arts-integrated schools and programs throughout the U.S.