Upcoming Visitor Scholar Lecture – William Cheng

**Location Change** – This lecture will be held in Lindsay Recital Hall. 

The Society for Musicology is extremely excited to have not ONE but TWO events next week with our visiting scholar, Dr. William Cheng, Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. Following the Music and Disability Studies Roundtable on Wednesday, Dr. Cheng will return Thursday afternoon with a lecture titled “All the Beautiful Musicians,” which is a broad introduction to his upcoming book with Oxford University Press that explores how people’s spoken and unspoken judgments of others’ artistic, musical, and rhetorical abilities give rise to just versus unjust social relations.

The lecture will take place during our weekly meeting time at 4 pm in Lindsay Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the KMU Lounge.

We look forward to seeing you there!


2017 Undergraduate Music Research Symposium Program

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to the 2017 Undergraduate Music Research Symposium, which will be held Saturday, April 1st, at 9 am in the Longmire Recital Hall.

9 a.m. panel: Power in Pedagogy

  • Chair: Nate Ruechel
  • 9-9:20: “¿Porque No?: A Detailed Look at Music Education in Lima, Peru”
    • Presenter: Valeria Rigobon
  • 9:20-9:40: “Isabella Leonarda: A Silent Educator in the Collegio di Sant’Orsola”
    • Presenter: Isabelle Maina

9:40-9:50: Break

9:50 a.m. panel: Traditions & Transformations

  • Chair: Nikki Schommer
  • 9:50-10:10: “Understanding Fourth Wave Feminist Expression with the Music of Beyoncé”
    • Presenter: Caroline Bowers
  • 10:10-10:30: “The Beginning of the British Carol”
    • Presenter: Alexandra Taggart

10:30-10:40: Break

10:40 a.m panel: Historical Considerations

  • Chair: Kurt Carlson
  • 10:40-11: “Compositional Significance of Giovanni Gabrieli’s Sonata Pian’e Forte (1597)
    • Presenter: Michael A. Gabriel
  • 11-11:20: “The Doctrine of Ethos: Music The Divine Healer and Greater Distractor”
    • Presenter: Curtis Oxley
  • 11:20-11:40: “The Importance of Ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamnian Music”
    • Presenter: Naveed Easton

11:40 a.m. – 12 p.m.: 20 Minute Break/Paper Prize Committee Meeting

12 p.m.: Announcement of Paper Prize Winner

SfM presents-

Upcoming Visiting Scholar – Dr. Tamara Freeman

Dr. Tamara R. FreemanMusicologist, Association of Holocaust OrganizationsHolocaust Music Educator & Recitalist

Please join us this Thursday as we welcome Dr. Tamara Freeman, Holocaust ethnomusicologist, teacher, viola recitalist, and singer, to our weekly Society for Musicology Meeting. Dr. Freeman will give a lecture titled, “Music Composed in the WWII Ghettos and Concentration Camps: Jewish Prisoner’s Expressions of Despair, Hope, Resilience, and Resistance” and play her 1935 Joseph Bausch viola, which was rescued from the Holocaust in 1942.

About the Speaker:

Tamara Reps Freeman received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, NJ.  She is the musicologist for the Association of Holocaust Organizations, the international alliance of Holocaust museums and education commissions.

Her dissertation, Using Holocaust Music to Encourage Racial Respect: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Grades K-12, is our country’s first and only Holocaust music education curriculum for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. The curriculum was created in response to the 1994 NJ State mandate to teach Holocaust-Genocide Studies and it is endorsed by the NJ State Department of Education. Dr. Freeman’s curriculum received an alumni award from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, for having created one of the five the most outstanding music education innovations in the school’s 125 year history.

Dr. Freeman’s “Music of the Holocaust: A Thematic Design for String Music Education” is a chapter in “Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education: Diversity and Social Justice” edited by Lisa DeLorenzo Ed.D., Routledge, 2015. Dr. Freeman wrote and published a music curriculum for the 2014 Emmy nominated film “Defiant Requiem”.

In 2012, Dr. Freeman retired from 30 years of teaching music and conducting ensembles in the Ridgewood, NJ Public Schools. She brings pedagogical expertise, passion, and the highest standards of excellence into her Holocaust music classes and workshops, for children, teens, and adults.

Dr. Freeman is a concert violinist and violist. Her 1935 Joseph Bausch viola was rescued from the Holocaust. The Bausch viola serves as a voice of remembrance in Dr. Freeman’s Holocaust music lecture-recitals which she performs throughout the U.S. The personal stories of composers interned in the ghettos and concentration camps come to life as Dr. Freeman plays their stirring melodies on her resonant viola. Audiences are taught how to sing the most emblematic archival songs, led by Dr. Freeman’s lovely alto voice. Each folk song and instrumental piece serve as legacies for humanity, character education, spiritual resistance, and hope.

We hope to see you there!

[Call for Papers]2017 FSU Undergraduate Music Research Symposium


The Society for Musicology at Florida State University is proud to announce the third annual Undergraduate Music Research Symposium, a student-led conference to be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The Symposium serves to promote excellence in musical scholarship among undergraduate students at our institution. Abstract proposals will be selected for presentation by a panel of FSU graduate musicology students. Proposals may deal with any genre of music and may be historical or analytical in nature.

To propose a paper for presentation, please submit the following:

  1. A typewritten abstract (.doc or .docx only, please), double-spaced, of no more than 250 words. Include your name and a title for your paper on the abstract.
  2. A one-page selected bibliography.

PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 AT 5:00PM. Please send your proposal to era14@my.fsu.edu. All submitters will be notified no later than February 24, 2017. The presentation format will include a 15-minute reading of a written paper (about 7 pages double spaced) followed by 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience. All current undergraduates are encouraged to submit proposals. The process of adapting a seminar paper or the results of independent research for a formal presentation is a valuable experience, and faculty and instructors are encouraged to bring this opportunity to the attention of any students who may be interested.

All accepted papers will be considered for a paper prize of $50. The winner will be announced at the end of the symposium.

Visiting Scholar Dr. Ellen Koskoff

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Ellen Koskoff, Professor of Ethnomusicology at Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester, to our campus this week! She will be giving a lecture titled “Re-entering, Reconnecting, Rehearsing, and Reconstructing:
Fieldwork After Sixty” in the Longmire Recital Hall at 4 pm.
A reception will follow.


Abstract: From June, 2007 until May, 2008, I lived in Bali Indonesia, conducting fieldwork in a small community (banjar), where I played with a local gamelan angklung group for Balinese Hindu cremations. Today, I share some of the unexpected surprises I encountered there. I’ll set some scenes and read some entries from my (un-edited) diary, so that you can hear a more direct voice, one that was often struggling with existential questions, like life and death, childhood and old age, and changing gender identites. Structured in four sections, this talk addresses fieldwork as an opportunity to confront and grapple with differences of all kinds.

Upcoming Guest Scholar – Dr. Joseph Hellweg

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Joseph Hellweg, FSU Associate Professor of Religion, to the College of Music! He will be giving a lecture titled “”Scripture and Orature in Songs for Muslim Hunters: Reconciling Performance and Scholarship in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa” in Longmire Recital Hall on September 29, 2016 from 4-5 pm. Please join us for a wonderful interdisciplinary presentation that is sure to spark your interest!


ABSTRACT: The field of Islamic Studies typically focuses on the study of written texts. But among initiated dozo hunters in Côte d’Ivoire, “oral” songs are likened to Muslim scripture. What can we make of this equation? Is it a quaint metaphor or a call to rethink the nature of Islam? In Côte d’Ivoire, dozos have been targets of criticism by Salafi Muslims because of their ritual practices as well as objects of disdain by educated elites. Yet dozos helped the current regime of Muslim president Alassane Ouattara come to power. In the context of local divination practices and a set of fabled rock inscriptions, dozos do more than compare oral songs to written texts; they entextualize them, arguing for a foundational approach to Islam that precedes the Qur’an.