Tes Slominski (2012), Assistant Professor
B.A., College of William and Mary
M.A., University of Limerick
Ph.D., New York University
Ethnomusicologist and fiddle player Tes Slominski’s research focuses on nationalism, gender, and music in Ireland. Her current work connects issues of gender and sexuality in the early twentieth-century nationalist music scene with more recent developments in Irish music, including the increasing visibility of LGBTQ performers and "Riverdance fever." With over fifteen years of experience as a performer and scholar of Irish traditional music, Tes's approach to research combines ethnomusicological epistemologies, historical research, and performance-based analysis. The recipient of the American Musicological Society’s Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellowship, she is committed to interdisciplinary research between music’s subdisciplines, as well as to forging connections between music studies and other fields. Before joining the faculty at Beloit College, she spent a year as a Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellow at Smith College’s Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, where she participated in a working group on international women’s education.
In addition to her scholarly work, Tes is an active performer and fiddle teacher who specializes in the regional repertoire and style of Sliabh Luachra, an area at the border of counties Kerry and Cork. She founded the still-thriving Blue Ridge Irish Music School in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1999, and taught at the Maoin Cheoíl an Chlár (Clare Music Center) in Ennis, County Clare while pursuing her M.A. at the University of Limerick. In the United States, she has offered lessons and master classes, and especially delights in playing for contradances as well as for Irish set, step, and céili dances.
At Beloit, Tes offers classes on gender, sexuality, and popular musics, world musics, musics of the global north, and cross-cultural music theory, and leads the North Atlantic Music Ensemble. Her extracurricular activities include learning to cook Indian food and listening to heavy metal.