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Carl Rahkonen, Professor & Music Librarian

Email: Rahkonen@iup.edu


Carl Rahkonen, music librarian and professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is  active in the Music Library Association, and its Atlantic Chapter, as well as the Society for Ethnomusicology, and its Niagara and Mid-Atlantic Chapters.

His research interests include music bibliography; fieldwork and sound archiving; Finnish, Scandinavian, Baltic, Russian and Celtic folk music; folk instruments (especially the Finnish kantele); polka bands and fiddling (especially in Western Pennsylvania); and the history of ethnomusicology.

Current Academic Project: sabbatical to study American fiddle styles during the summers of 2001-02.  In 2001 he attended festivals and camps dealing with Scandinavian, Scottish, Irish and Old Time fiddle styles. He also studied the Samuel P. Bayard collection at Penn State University, important to fiddling in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For a more detailed description of his academic activities, see his professional vitae.

He is a violist (and an expert on viola jokes!) and enjoys playing fiddle, mandolin or string bass with the following groups:  Hither and Yon: Acoustic Duo;  Irish bands: Lads of Leith and Aran; and several other groups.

Among his favorite WWW sites are the following:

Carl Rahkonen's Kantele site (under development)

Music Sites on the Web.

Music Bibliography at IUP.

The best collection of Viola Jokes on the World Wide Web.

Carl's paper on viola jokes presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Meeting in 1994.