I am a folklorist and ethnomusicologist who worked as a Music Librarian and Professor for 34 years. I am still an active researcher whose interests include Finnish-American music and musicians, European-American fiddling traditions, ethnic music, the Baltic psalteries, and music bibliography. I am an active performer with a variety of ensembles.  You can contact me at: Carl.Rahkonen @ gmail.com


Ph.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.

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Finnish American Music and Musicians

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Finnish American Dance Music II: After 1945.  FinnFest USA, Duluth, Minnesota.  July, 28, 2023.


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