Welson Tremura

Center for Latin American Studies
College of Music
Research Interests

Ethnomusicology, Brazilian jazz, classical and vocal music

Geographic Expertise

Brazil and Latin America

Curriculum Vitae

Welson Tremura is a Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology from Florida State University and currently serves 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. 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 essential 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.

Dr. Tremura’s Brazilian Music Institute (BMI)  is a unique program in teaching and performing Brazilian music in an academic environment. Every year during May, the Institute attracts students, faculty, and international artists from Brazil and the USA to collaborate on a weeklong series of masterclasses 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 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 the 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 a business manager and business consultant for several international companies, 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.

Tremura’s School of Music Website

Brazilian Music Institute

Personal Website

YouTube Channel

Tremura Consulting