I work as a Music Librarian and Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I’m responsible for reference, collection development and cataloging for the Orendorff Music Library and serve as bibliographer for the College of Fine Arts. I am an active researcher whose interests have included European-American fiddling traditions, ethnic music in Pennsylvania, Estonian kannel players in Baltimore, and most recently Scandinavian and Finnish-American musicians of the Upper Midwest. I am a practicing musician who plays classical, popular and folk music in a variety of ensembles. Additional information may be found on my home page at: https://www.people.iup.edu/rahkonen/
EducationPh.D. (1989) in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Indiana University, Bloomington, Folklore Institute. Minors: Musicology, Finnish Studies. Dissertation title: “The Kantele Traditions of Finland.” 449 pp.
M.L.S. (1981) with a specialization in Music Librarianship. Indiana University, Bloomington. Final Project title: “The Collection Development Policy Among Music Libraries in the United States.” 124 pp.
M.M. (1978) in Musicology. University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Thesis title: “A Review of the Literature in Music Therapy to 1977.” 75 pp.
B.A. (1976) in Music and Psychology. Weber State College, Ogden, Utah.
Work Shared in CORE
ProjectsFinnish American Music and Musicians
MembershipsMusic Library Association
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS)