Lorenzo Candelaria, Ph.D.
Music History and Literature
Division Coordinator
Lorenzo Candelaria, Ph.D.
Office: FFA M302
Office Phone: (915) 747-8656
Lorenzo Candelaria (PhD Yale University) is a historian of Western European art music. His research focuses on Catholic music in sixteenth-century Spain and its subsequent impact on devotional cultures in Latin America and the southwestern United States. Dr. Candelaria is an accomplished violinist, an active lecturer, and author. His recent books include American Music: A Panorama (with Daniel Kingman) and The Rosary Cantoral: Ritual and Social Design in a Chantbook from Early Renaissance Toledo. He is currently writing a book entitled Music in Early Mexican Catholicism.

Prior to arriving at The University of Texas at El Paso, Dr. Candelaria served on the musicology faculty of The University of Texas at Austin for twelve years and was a visiting faculty member in ethnomusicology at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His book, The Rosary Cantoral, received the American Musicological Society’s Robert M. Stevenson Award for its outstanding contribution to Iberian and Latin American music scholarship and his research has been supported by prestigious awards including grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Before dedicating himself wholly to the study of music history, Dr. Candelaria performed extensively as a violinist and violist. As an undergraduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, his principal violin teacher was Viktor Danchenko (a protégé of David Oistrakh). Later, at the Oberlin Conservatory, he studied modern and Baroque violin with Marilyn McDonald then turned toward music scholarship, graduating from Oberlin with the James H. Hall Prize in Music History. At Yale University, he was awarded his doctoral degree in music history with the honor of “Distinction.”

While most of Dr. Candelaria’s activities as a scholar and musician have been in the realm of “classical” music, his work includes performances as a member of Mariachi Sol de México and Mariachi Cobre, two of the most prominent and influential mariachi bands in the United States. He also briefly studied the Chinese erhu (a two-stringed fiddle). Outside of the academy, he and his wife Monique focus on homeschooling their five children, enjoying their hometown of El Paso and taking in the marvelous scenery of the great American Southwest.

UTEP Department of Music