Renata Yazzie

Host & Producer, American Classical Voices
Brief info

Renata Yazzie is a Diné (Navajo) pianist and musicologist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (emphasis in pre-medicine) with a minor in Music and a Master’s degree in Music with dual concentrations in Musicology and Piano Performance both from the University of New Mexico. Yazzie’s current research is focused on Navajo hymnody and the art of translation. Yazzie has also worked in conjunction with her parents and Dr. Melvatha Chee, a Navajo linguistics professor at the University of New Mexico, to create the first music dictionary in Diné Bizaad. Yazzie has written for First American Art Magazine, Native Max Magazine, Source New Mexico, and several forthcoming edited volumes.