[Call for Papers] 2016 Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium

2016 Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium
University of Georgia, Athens, September 16-17, 2016
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2016

The University of Georgia Musicology/Ethnomusicology Student Association is pleased to announce the sixth annual Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium, Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, 2013 at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music in Athens, Georgia.

Call for Papers

The symposium’s program committee invites all graduate students to submit abstracts for papers and presentations related to historical musicology, ethnomusicology, vernacular or popular music traditions, world music cultures, and music theory and analysis. The presentation format will be a twenty-minute paper, followed by a ten-minute discussion. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words, and should demonstrate a clear focus or statement of the problem, research methodology, and conclusions.

Submissions should include:
1. Name, institutional affiliation, and degree program
2. Email address
3. Audio-visual requirements

The above items should be submitted (PDF or Word document, Word preferred) to the following email address: ugamusicology -at- gmail.com

Extended deadline for submissions is August 7, 2016. Participants will be notified of acceptance by August 15th.

The Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium is a collaborative event, organized by and for graduate students, whose mission is to support graduate student research in music and to foster a collegial research environment among regional schools in the South.

Visiting Scholar: Mellonee Burnim

We are very excited to host Mellonee Burnim, Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, next week at FSU! She will be presenting a lecture titled “The Enigma of In-Betweeness: Globalizing Gospel Music” in Lindsay Recital Hall, 4-5pm, on April 22, 2016. A reception will follow for informal discussion with Dr. Burnim. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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ABSTRACT: The continuing expansion of gospel music markets into global contexts is a reflection of the widespread appeal this distinctly African American genre has garnered in recent decades. Examinations of historical accounts by gospel music artists together with fieldwork narratives generated by scholar-performers in the tradition attest to the fact that the movement of gospel music across geographic, cultural and religious boundaries is a highly complex process that varies according to time and space, and according to the individuals and collectives involved in the exchange. This presentation will explore the often subliminal disjunctures African American gospel music artists confront in translating their musics into international contexts, as well as those factors which have served to facilitate musical encounters that move beyond “ethnotourism” to a more egalitarian embrace of religious and cultural diversity.

Early Music Concert

After you attend the Undergraduate Music Research Symposium on Saturday, April 9, come back and join us at 7:30pm in DRH for an evening of German Baroque music! The Collegium Musicum ensembles and Cantores Musicae Antiquae will perform music by Praetorious, Schein, and Schütz in the context of the sights and sounds of their time.

Admission is free and the event should last about an hour. We look forward to seeing you there!

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2016 Undergraduate Music Research Symposium

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Undergraduate Music Research Symposium! The symposium will take place on April 9, 2016, from 9:00am to 12:30pm in Lindsay Recital Hall.

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Here’s the program:

Panel 1: Development of Musical Instruments (Instrumental and Vocal)
Chair: Drew Griffin

  • 9:00-9:20: Lilio Camere, “The Implementation and Role of the Bass Clarinet: From Invention to Present”
  • 9:20-9:40: Sarah Ma, “The Historical and Social Journey of the American Barbershop Quartet”
  • 9:40-10:00: Dasha Gilmore, “The Hardingfele and its Context to Nordic Culture, Past and Present”

Panel 2: Composers’ Motivations and Influences
Chair: Natalia Perez

  • 10:15-10:35: Nathaniel Huhta, “Forget Me Not: Aaron Copland and Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • 10:35-10:55: Sharon Kay, “Overture to Candide: Bernstein’s Commentary on a Communism Crisis”
  • 10:55-11:15: Michael Morgan, “The Devils of Loudun: Political Power in Poland”

Panel 3: Defying and Defining Musical and Social Boundaries
Chair: Nicole Powlison

  • 11:30-11:50: Michelle Pace, “Are We There Yet? A Study of Gender Equality in Classical Music”
  • 11:50-12:10: Donald Keith Issitt, “The Capstone of the Madrigalists”
  • 12:10-12:30: Brunella McCann, “RIP (Rest In Punk): On the Sociocultural Importance of Riot Grrrl Punk”

Come out and support our undergraduate students!

Rainbow Concert


Join us in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall on Monday, March 21, at 8pm for the 20th annual Rainbow Concert, featuring funk legend George Clinton. Get your tickets now!! General admission is $10, FSU students is $5 with ID. Tickets are available through the College of Music Box Office: 850-645-7949. See Facebook event here.

This Tallahassee springtime tradition regularly features performances by a number of the college’s world music ensembles, and this year’s Rainbow Concert is sure to delight fans of all kinds of music as legendary funk icon George Clintontakes the stage alongside the College’s world music ensembles.

Clinton—founding member of the Parliament-Funkadelic rock music collective—is the undisputed King of Funk and has effectively defined the genre and remained at its helm for more than four decades.

Clinton has influenced everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and his music has been sampled by virtually every major hip-hop artist. Now it’s time for Clinton to reinvent world music, and he has chosen FSU’s nationally renowned World Music program as his partner.

This Rainbow Concert will be the first time that this musical master and the College of Music have officially collaborated, and the evening promises to provide a stunning fusion of musical traditions and bold ventures in intercultural music making.

Arrangements of Clinton’s music—including well-known songs such as “Funkentelechy” (1977) and “Atomic Dog” (1982)—have been prepared for the Gamelan and Omnimusica ensembles by Michael Bakan, professor of ethnomusicology at the College of Music, and P-Funk music director and keyboard player Daniel Bedrossian.

Other gems from the Clinton songbook will be reinterpreted by the Old Time Ensemble, Blues Band and Rock Ensemble. FSU’s popular steel band, Mas N Steel, along with its Chinese, Andean, Irish and African music ensembles, will also figure prominently in the performance.

Dr. Tim Storhoff, ethnomusicologist and Grants & Outreach Coordinator at the Florida Department of State, will help frame the experience with a pre-concert lecture on the music and legacy of George Clinton that begins at 7 pm in Rehearsal Hall, Room 060, Westcott Building.

We hope to see you there!


Visiting Scholar: Jeff Todd Titon

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The Society for Musicology is hosting Visiting Scholar Jeff Todd Titon at FSU this week. Dr. Titon, Professor of Music Emeritus at Brown University, will be giving a presentation titled “Toward a Sound Ecology” on Thursday, February 25, at 4:30pm in Longmire Recital Hall. A reception will follow his presentation in the KMU lounge, allowing for informal discussion with Dr. Titon.

Dr. Titon explains that his presentation “proposes the way we experience sound rather than texts or objects as a way of being in the world, knowing the world, and acting in the world. Sound connections invite communities and economies erected upon an ecological rationality that stresses cooperation and leads to economic, social, and environmental justice.”

This lecture should be of interest to those interested in music, as well as those interested in the social and natural sciences. We hope to see a diverse audience for this exciting presentation! The event is free and open to the public.

[Call for Papers] 2016 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 April 9, 2016. 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.

your proposal to smg11b@my.fsu.edu. All submitters will be notified no later than March 15, 2016. The presentation format will include a 15-minute paper reading (about 7 pages double spaced) followed by 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience. All current
undergraduates are encouraged to submit proposals.

UMRS Call for Papers, 2016