Congrats to Dr. Olsen!

The cool thing about announcing one bit of glad news is that more always comes in as a result.

 Professor Emeritus Dale Olsen recently presented a paper at the International Council for Traditional Music conference at St. John’s, Newfoundland. The title for the forthcoming published version of that paper is “Musical Chant Formulas and ‘Subjectivity as Truth’ among the Warao of Venezuela,” which he describes as a Kierkegaardian take on the Nietzschean-derived concept of “Amerindian Perspectivism.”

Dr. Olsen’s new book, World Flutelore: Flutes in Folktales, Myths, and Other Stories of Magic and Power, is scheduled to be published in the spring by the University of Illinois Press. 





[Achievements] Congrats to Alum Meg Jackson!

Well, everybody,

Now we seem to have opened the floodgates of alumni news and accomplishments. This from Meg Jackson, who has both (!) DM Voice Performance and PhD Musicology (Ethnomusicology) degrees from FSU and is now teaching at Troy University. Because she’ll be presenting at both AMS and SEM meetings in the next few weeks, this comes as very timely notice for us to catch her sessions.

This past weekend Meg was on a panel examining music and violence, at the American Folklore Society national conference in Bloomington, Indiana. Her presentation was titled “The Poets of Duisburg: Risk and Response in a German Inner City.”

Meg and Michael Hix (MM Musicology and DM Voice Performance from FSU) are presenting a lecture-recital at the AMS meeting in San Francisco, “Music Is the Continuation of Life: the Post-War Songs of Hanns Eisler (1898–1962) and Paul Dessau (1894–1979).” This will be on the Saturday of the conference (12 November) at 12:15.

At SEM in Philadelphia she’ll be giving a paper titled “Tupac was a Kanak! Blackness, Performativity, and Hip-hop in the Ruhrpott.” This was at least preliminarily scheduled for a session on Hip-hop, Friday, 18 November, at 8:30-10:30.

Meg also runs a summer music history institute in Dresden – just to keep from getting bored, I suppose.

Pretty soon we’ll just take over the world.


[call for papers] Music and Meaning: Views from the Twenty-first Century

The Music Theory & Musicology Society at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to announce its fourth biennial student conference:
Music and Meaning: Views from the Twenty-first Century

April 20–21, 2012 Continue reading

[Achievements] Alumni: Sean Parr and Laura Moore Pruett

Good morning and a good new week to all!

Over the weekend we learned that two of our alumni will be featured on the program of the conference Counterpoints: 19th-Century Literature and Music, taking place in New York this weekend under the sponsorship of Fordham University and the journal 19th-Century Music. They are Sean Parr (MM 2003), “Dance and the Female Singer: Vertiginous Voices in Second Empire Paris” and Laura Moore Pruett, (MM 2000, PhD 2007), ““Mon triste voyage”: Sentimentality and Autobiography in Gottschalk’s The Dying Poet.”

Sean has just joined the faculty of St. Anselm College, and Laura is on the faculty of Merrimack College.

Congratulations to them, and thanks for elevating the profile of our program! 


[Achievements] Congrats to Dr. Kite-Powell!

Good evening, all!

 Had I known, I should have included in my message the other day another cause for congratulations and pride in the program. Glad to add it now!

 Our emeritus but still present and irreplaceable Professor Jeffery Kite-Powell recently published a book chapter, “Performance Forces and Italian Influence in Michael Praetorius’s Syntagma Musicum III,”  in Susanne Rode-Breymann and Arne Spohr, eds., Michael Praetorius: Vermittler europäischer Musiktraditionen um 1600.  Vol. 5 in the series Ligaturen: Musikwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, 115-32.  Hildesheim, Zürich, New York: Georg Olms.

 One only “sort-of retires” as a musicologist. It’s not a thing that you do – it’s part of what you are.

 Be that.