UMass Boston

Andrea Douglass

Performing Arts
Associate Lecturer

Areas of Expertise

Ethnomusicology, European folk music, flute and violin performance, world music, music of Latin America


PhD, Boston University
MFA, California Institute of the Arts
BA, Northeastern University

Additional Information

Andrea Lieberherr Douglass holds degrees from Northeastern University in 2001 (BA in music literature and performance, BA in chemistry), the California Institute of the Arts in 2004 (MFA in Flute and Violin Performance), and Boston University (PhD in Ethnomusicology 2015). She has performed in Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, and Mexico and has recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and for Capital Records. Performing a wide range of music, Doulgass has played in many different types of ensembles ranging from Brazilian music to an all-women mariachi band, from a California-based new music ensemble to classical orchestras. She was a violin teacher at the Renaissance Arts Academy and the Harmony Project in Los Angeles, as well as at the Suzuki Institute of Boston. Her research interests include European folk music, the music of Brazil and tourism studies. Her dissertation focused on how the rebranding of Streichmusik (a genre particular to the Appenzeller and Toggenburger region of Switzerland) is used to project an imaginary heritage and Swissness as a reaction to shifting politics and demographics. 

She currently also teaches violin and flute at the Waldorf School in Lexington and kundalini yoga at Healthworks in Cambridge.



 Violin, World Music, Music of Latin America