Visiting Scholar – Dr. Stephan Pennington

The Society for Musicology is extremely excited to welcome Dr. Stephan Pennington, Director of Graduate Studies at Tufts University, to our campus this week! On Thursday 3/22 at 4 pm, he will be giving a talk in Lindsay Recital Hall titled “‘Details Baby Details’: Gender, Race, and Vocal Performance in The Crying Game.” The lecture is free and open to anyone who is interested, and a reception will follow in the KMU lounge. Hope to see you there!


Abstract: In 1992, Neil Jordan’s 1992 film The Crying Game, a thriller about the complicated love affair between an IRA soldier, Fergus, and a black British woman, Dil, was released, causing an uproar centered on the film’s “secret,” revealed in a full frontal visual shot, that Dil had a penis. The critical discourse around The Crying Game ranges widely, but often read the film as regressive, fixating on the figure of Dil, her penis, and her gender in order to do so. Problematically, the readings of Dil’s identity are almost exclusively visual or textual, ignoring that Dil is framed just as much by her voice as by her image. In this colloquium I re-read Dil’s identity through the introduction of audio into the visual, paying careful attention to the sound editing of Dil’s performance of the song “The Crying Game.” Re-reading Dil’s musical performance of self challenges the scopophilc readings of her as Object and opens up new ways of understanding not only the film The Crying Game, but also representations of trans/gender identity in the media at an important transition moment for transgender history.


Documentary Screening – Dr. Frank Gunderson

The WORLD PREMIERE screening of Dr. Frank Gunderson’s original documentary, Ng’oma – The Work of Our Clan, will take place during the SfM meeting tomorrow. The film focuses on Phillipo Barabara, a master drum-maker in the Sukuma region of  western Tanzania, and documents his process of making a bunuunguli ng’oma, or “procupine hunter drum.” It has been accepted for showings at two international festivals – MUSCAN Film Series in Saskatchawan Ontario and ETHNOGRAPH Film Festival in Paris.

Please join us in celebrating the hard work and talents of one of our very own faculty members, Dr. Frank Gunderson!

Frank Documentary

Visiting Scholar – Dr. Bill F. Faucett

Please join us next week as we welcome Dr. Bill Faucett, Director of Development in the Center of The Arts at the University of South Florida, to our campus. He will be giving a lecture titled, “Chiefly Research: An Historical Examination of a World-Renowned Band,” in which he will share a part of his forthcoming book on the history of the FSU Marching Chiefs and discuss some of the research process. Before he became a musicologist and specialized in George Whitfield Chadwick and the musical history of Boston, Dr. Faucett was the drum major of the Chiefs. Please note that this talk will not be held during our regular SfM meeting time, but rather on Monday, October 23rd, from 4 to 5 pm in Longmire Recital Hall. A reception will follow. We hope to see you there!

Bill F. Faucett

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.