Lydia Bangura

Music Theory


Lydia Bangura (she/her) is a singer and a pre-candidate in music theory. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree from Roosevelt University, both in vocal performance. Bangura was selected in 2022 as an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she had the honor of studying with mentor artist Dr. Philip Ewell. She is the founder and host of the music research podcast series, Her Music Academia, and is on the editorial board for the Society for Music Theory’s official podcast, SMT–Pod. Bangura also currently serves as the student representative on SMT’s Standing Committee on Race and Ethnicity. Her research interests include the intersection of performance and analysis, theory pedagogy, Black feminism/womanism in Black women’s music, and the instrumental works of Florence Price. Also a lifelong music performer, Bangura has experience studying violin, viola, and voice. She was recently the recipient of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Dillard Scholar Award. Her recent operatic roles include Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme, Alcina in Handel’s Alcina, Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and the solo soprano in Judith Weir’s one woman show, King Harald’s Saga.



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