Bridgid Bergin, Development Associate

Bridgid Bergin is very excited to join ICE after graduating from Wesleyan University with her M.A. in Ethnomusicology. Her thesis, “Indian Fusion Music in NYC: Navigating Space, Place, and Identity,” questions notions of identity, space, and place as well as definitions of genre and community. Overall, her research has focused on South Indian music, gender and music, urban theory, and space/place. With her background in Ethnomusicology and non-profit cultural institution work, she has a passion for the sustainment and preservation of the arts as well as creating connections to a larger cross-cultural network via various art forms.

At Wesleyan she was a Teaching Assistant for South Indian music classes, music theory, and gender and music courses, and worked in the World Music Archives. She completed her B.M. in Musical Studies with Advanced Honors at the Crane School of Music, where she studied viola with Dr. Shelly Tramposh. Her Presidential Scholars project and undergraduate thesis focused on female identity in Carnatic music, focusing on the veena and female veena players. As a violist, she has performed in small chamber ensembles in NY and CT and was a member of the Crane Symphony Orchestra and Wesleyan University Orchestra. She has studied Carnatic voice with B. Balasubrahmaniyan and continues to study veena with Nivedita ShivRaj. She has also played in a variety of ensembles including: Potsdam Okuma Taiko (co-founder), Potsdam West African drumming ensemble, and Wesleyan Gamelan ensemble.