Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium 2017

Please note – SGMRS has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma

On September 15th and 16th, Florida State University and the Society for Musicology will be hosting the 2017 Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium. With a total of 15 participants from institutions as far west as University of Arizona as as east as the University of Limerick, this conference will cover a wide array of fascinating topics in musicology and music theory. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Sarah Eyerly, Assistant Professor of Musicology at FSU, and opening remarks will be provided by Dr. Patricia Flowers, Dean of the College of Music at FSU.

You can download a full program by clicking this link – SGMRS Program 2017

If you are interested in joining our event, you can pre-register here.

We hope to see you there!



Upcoming Guest Scholar – Iain Quinn

Please join us next week as we hear Dr. Iain Quinn, one of our own esteemed faculty, present a lecture titled “Miracles or Magic Realism” that is based on his recent Fulbright experience in the Russian Federation. This talk will take place in Longmire Recital Hall on September 7th from 4-5 pm. We hope to see you there!


Abstract: The US relationship with Russia continues to be a point of discussion in a Post-Cold War environment. Questions surrounding the impact of musical pedagogy and the relationship of music and society are more critical than ever as the two countries foster increasingly diverse approaches. Further questions regarding programming trends, audience expectations, and sustaining the Western canon in performance provide equally contrasting expectations. The central question remains whether there are timely lessons to be learned from the Russian model and if so how we might apply them in the areas that we can influence.


Call for Papers – 2017 Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium

The Society for Musicology at Florida State University is pleased to announce the seventh annual Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium, Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, 2017 at the Florida State University College of Music in Tallahassee, Florida.

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 electronically (PDF or Word document, Word preferred) to the following email address:

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST on August 8, 2017. Participants will be notified of their 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.

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!