Anda Beitāne

Vice-Rector for Research and Creative Work, Professor, Department of Musicology

Professor, Head of the Department of Ethnomusicology and Vice-Rector for Research and Creative Work at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
Born in Sigulda, Latvia. 1989-1993 studied musicology at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Rīga. 1994-1996 master’s degree in musicology, finishing with the thesis Vokālā daudzbalsība ar augšējo pavadbalsi Šķilbēnu pagastā [Multipart singing with an upper accompanying part in Šķilbēni parish]. PhD in 2006 at the same institution with the dissertation entitled Vēlīnās izcelsmes vokālā daudzbalsība latviešu tradicionālajā mūzikā [Multipart singing of later origin in Latvian traditional music].
1994-1996 responsible for programmes on traditional music at Radio Latvia. 1993-2003 lecturer at the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy. 2004-2015 researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia.
Since 1996 engaged at the Latvian Academy of Music: 1996-2006 lecturer, 2005-2007 head of the Department of Music Theory, 2006-2011 associate professor, since 2011 professor. In 2006 established the Department of Ethnomusicology, which she has led until now. Since 2008 Vice-Rector for Research and Creative Work.
2013 visiting professor at the Kazakh National University of Arts in Astana, Kazakhstan. 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022 Erasmus lectures at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. 2015 Erasmus lectures at the Liszt Ferenz Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. 2017, 2019 Erasmus lectures at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus. 2015 Lectures at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Since 2014 Latvian Liaison Officer at the International Council for Traditional Music, ICTM.
Research areas – local practices in Latvia and neighbouring countries, multipart music, religious musical practices, intangible cultural heritage: between music makers and cultural policies.
Fieldwork in Latvia, Russia (Siberia), Belarus and Greece.

Recent and forthcoming publications:

Beitāne, Anda and Ardian Ahmedaja (Eds.). 2023. Experience and Expectation: The “Future From the Past” in Music Making. Riga: Musica Baltica, ISBN 978-9984-588-72-8.

Beitāne, Anda and Ardian Ahmedaja. 2023. “I. Prolegomena. I.1 The Making of the Topic. I.2 Latvia, Riga and JVLMA as Spaces of Musical Experience and Expectation. I.3 Experience and Expectation as Research Tools in Ethnomusicology.” In Ardian Ahmedaja and Anda Beitāne (Eds.). Experience and Expectation: The “Future From the Past” in Music Making. Riga: Musica Baltica, ISBN 978-9984-588-72-8.

Beitāne, Anda. 2021. “Adapting the Parts: An Experiment as an Analysis Tool.” In Ardian Ahmedaja (Ed.). Shaping Sounds and Values: Multipart Music as a Means of Social and Cultural Interaction. CD-ROM with 27 audiovisual examples included. Riga: Musica Baltica, 35-57, ISBN 978-9984-588-67-4.

Beitāne, Anda. 2018. Notes from Latvia. Multipart Music in the Field. European Voices: Audiovisuals 1. Vienna: Department for Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna / Riga: Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, 212, 2 CD, ISBN 978-9934-547-02-7.

Beitāne, Anda. 2017. “Historical Sources and Fieldwork in Latvian Ethnomusicology: Experience and Results”. In Susanne Ziegler, Ingrid Akesson, Gerda Lechleitner and Susana Sardo (Eds.) Historical Sources of Ethnomusicology in Contemporary Dabate. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 50-67.

Beitāne, Anda. 2017. “The Sound of Medņeva: Local Multipart Singing Practice as an Instrument of Identity in North-Eastern Latvia”. In Ardian Ahmedaja (Ed.). European Voices III. The Instrumentation and Instrumentalization of Sound. Local Multipart Music Practices in Europe. Boehlau Verlag Ges.m.b.H&Co. KG, Wien, Koeln, Weimar. 183-200.http://

Beitāne, Anda. 2016. “The Question of “Harmony” in a Local Multipart Music Practice: Eastern Latvia as a Field for Terminological Experimentation”. In RES MUSICA, Nr. 8/ 2016, 87–99, ISSN 1736-8553.


Works in the department