Welson Tremura (musicologist – guitarist – singer) is a Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology from Florida State University and currently serve as a Professor in the School of Music and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Tremura’s main research focuses on music and religion as expressed on folk Catholicism traditions of folia de reis or the Three Kings celebration in Brazil. (See Research Statement) Additional research areas include the use of digital technology in performance and global technology and the inclusion of world music as a core discipline and collaborative method for composition and performance. Combining his classical guitar and his voice, Dr. Tremura’s triumphant performances include concert halls in the USA, such as the Carnegie Hall in New York City and DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in Notre Dame, Indiana. Internationally Dr. Tremura maintains an active performance and academic schedule and has performed and given lectures in Brazil, China, Mexico, Guatemala, United States, India, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. Dr. Tremura has been consistently praised by music critics and audiences for his interpretation of the most acclaimed bossa nova songs and his own guitar compositions. (See Artist Brochure) Dr. Tremura is currently collaborating with the world renowned trumpetist Dr. Randy Lee (see more).
Combining performance and research, Dr. Tremura’s academic assignments includes a series of projects to expand music and performance scholarship, to create opportunities for students, faculty, and artists to collaborate nationally and internationally. An important dimension of his academic career has been devoted to building collaborative relationships between various units at the University of Florida to create new and unique programs to facilitate interdisciplinary projects, such as composing music to foster creativity and innovation over the internet. A much large collection of artistic and collaborative videos from Dr. Tremura’s can be seen on his YouTube and Vimeo channels, which combined have more than 4 million hits.
Dr. Tremura’s Brazilian Music Institute (BMI) is a unique program in teaching and performing Brazilian music in an academic environment. Every year during the month of May the Institute attracts students, faculty, and international artists from Brazil and the USA to collaborate on a weeklong series of master classes and workshops. The Institute values artistic excellence and commitment to the music and culture of Brazil. Through group lessons in Brazilian instrumental and vocal repertoires, the Institute prepares selected participants to perform in the event’s concluding concert. At the University of Florida, Dr. Tremura teaches various courses in ethnomusicology, applied fieldwork, music and identity, Latin American music, and world music. Furthermore, he also teaches Brazilian guitar and vocal repertoires, and directs the World Music Ensembles. Dr. Tremura is the director for the instrumental ensemble Jacaré Choro dedicated to the performance of Brazilian traditional instrumental music, and is the co-director for the University’s Brazilian music ensemble Jacaré Brazil. Most recently Dr. Tremura has expanded his professional activities by founding the Alachua Guitar Quartet, a classical guitar ensemble devoted to highest level of expression and artistic commitment to perform Latin American classical guitar repertoires.
Dr. Tremura’s additional academic training and professional experience also include legal and business consulting. He has served as business manager and business consultant for several international businesses, including planning and launching new manufacturing facilities, overseeing comprehensive plant activities, and promoting international business development in the US, Europe, and Latin America. Dr. Tremura’s engaging personality and high commitment to high standards can be seen in his consulting website.
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tallahassee, Florida
Ph.D. in Musicology-Ethnomusicology May 2004
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, Knoxville, Tennessee
Master of Music, Vocal Performance, May 1991
Bachelor of Science, Music/Liberal Arts, May 1989
RIOPRETENSE COLLEGE OF LAW, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
Bachelor of Judicial Social Sciences and Law, January 1985
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Gainesville, Florida (2001 – Present)
An academic research institution with 50K+ students and 150+ research centers and institutes.
Design and deliver courses on Latin American culture and music to ~200 undergraduate and graduate students annually. Liaise between School of Music and Center for Latin American Studies to enhance collaboration and expand curriculum. Teach research couses in methodoly and fieldwork in ethnomusicology, Latin American music, Brazilian music and politics, Brazilian and classical guitar, direct Jacaré Brazil and Jacaré Choro (vocal and instrumental ensembles), direct UF Guitar Ensemble, and coordinate resident artist program. Create innovative curriculum and assist with academic strategic planning and community outreach to strengthen university’s internationalization. Spearhead management of study abroad program. Interface frequently with deans, boards, foundations, trustees, and other major stakeholders. Identify and pursue funding sources for new research and development initiatives. Extensive and diverse experience in administrating and implementing new curricular activities, and programs to meet the needs of a broad range of students. Introduced hands-on tools assisting students in using computer technology for international projects (music and technology). Teach a full academic curriculum and assist the College in implementing its international and diversity programs, including faculty recruitment, curriculum development, and special events planning.
PEP-L (Precision Engine Products Ltda.) Curitiba, PR (1997 - 2000)
A manufacturing firm producing hydraulic lash adjusters for engines, with 40 employees.
Spearheaded migration of manufacturing facility from U.S. to Brazil, including full assembly line and operational process. Oversaw comprehensive operational activities to ensure outstanding production of high-precision engine components. Served as company representative among key stakeholders including federal, state, and local governments. Built superior teams by hiring suppliers, sub-suppliers, and employees. Coordinated international manufacturing activities by managing biweekly meetings with U.S.-based technical center and Brazil-based operation. Improved team skills by delivering extensive quality training. Liaised regularly among engineers and suppliers. Led 15 engineers in product development.
STANADYNE AUTOMOTIVE, Tallahassee, FL (1996 – 1997)
An engineering firm specializing in high-tech engine products and auto industry services, with 250 employees.
Provide many facets of expertise toward the expansion of this automotive supply company to a location in Brazil. Chrysler, Ford, Fiat, GM, and many European and Asian manufacturers use the company’s products. Serve as company’s liaison to facilitate development of Mercosur market and globalization of business in the Americas. Consult on points of law, language, politics, culture, travel, sales and marketing.
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tallahassee, Florida (1993-1997)
Assistant Music Instructor
World Music Cultures, Sight Singing & Ear Training I & II
Music in Western Cultures - A class that covers various styles in music from Baroque to Romantic
ROANE STATE COMMUNITY, Harriman, Tennessee (1991-1992)
Taught classes in music theory, music history, music appreciation, and ear training courses. Responsibilities include: music curriculum planning and development; research on various music theory methodologies; recruitment for music department
DO PRADO LAW OFFICES, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil (1983 – 1985)
Attorney of Law
Developing and managing investment programs for US investors in Brazil. Writing and creating a new design for “Greenfield Projects in Brazil”. Researched and investigated civil, tributary and tax laws. Observed and reported on civil sessions, criminal sessions, work sessions, juridical proceedings, visits, appeals, jurisprudence and society constituted acts. Reviewed the diversified approach required and used by the legal system in Brazil to write documents better suited to resolving social conflicts
I currently serve as Professor and Director for the Brazilian Music Institute in the School of Music, College of the Arts, and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Previously in graduate school, I was the founding director for the Brazilian Ensemble (Samba Oba) at Florida State University, and choral director and assistant professor at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee. During my graduate work in Tennessee I performed, recruited, and organized major outreach efforts with the Knoxville Opera Company and the graduate program at the University of Tennessee, and performed with the Church Street Methodist and First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee
At the University of Florida I am currently the chair of the faculty council for the College of the Arts and previously was the faculty team player for the development and the “Internationalizing the Curriculum” as part of the continuing effort to meet UF's strategic goal of internationalizing the campus and curriculum with UF International Center (UFIC). I created and coordinated a Latin American culture study abroad program. I developed an international program and the course HUM 4956: World Music Cultures “Investigation of music as a social and aesthetic activity and as an acoustic phenomenon” to provide students with an opportunity to study music and culture in Latin America. The course was offered to traditional and non-traditional students during the summer. Throughout my academic career, I have had the opportunity of working with a variety of deans, boards of directors, foundation organizations, numerous university trustee organizations, and institutional aid departments.
Key Academic Tasks/Successes:
As business manager (General and Commercial Manager) my managerial responsibilities were to lead a group of approximately fifteen engineers (mechanical / hydraulic / electrical) to develop a new “high precision” product manufactured in Curitiba. This product was part of the 1.6L engine development to supply the Mercosur and Europe. The group worked intensively with CTC (Chrysler Technical Center) in the USA to develop a product that could be self-sustained in Brazil. In 1999 I also took the responsibility of “Commercial Director” to negotiate purchase orders for casting, assembling, and selling to the customer and Mercosur markets. I also intermediated the “Duty Drawback Process with Chrysler