End of Semester Party!

Hello everyone!

The end of the semester is upon us, and in addition to the many final papers and projects on your radar, it also means it’s time to party. My wife, Helga, and I would like to have you join us on Saturday, 10 December from 2-6 p.m.

Here’s how you get to our place: Take Thomasville Road north; go past I-10, past Killearn, past Walmart (on the left) at Kerry Forest, until you get to Bradfordville (Target store on the far right); turn right at the light and go to the third street (Charles Samuel Drive) and turn right; go over three speed bumps and another 1/8th of a mile to 4460 (on mailbox). Park your car and follow the red brick walkway down to the house.

As usual, please bring something yummy to share (savory items are encouraged – we usually end up with a ton of sweets at these parties!), and feel free to bring partners, spouses, and children with you.

This link may be of some use.

Hope to see you all on the 10th of December, and have a great Thanksgiving!! ~jkp

[Student Spotlight] Sarah Strothers

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Studying: Ethnomusicology with a concentration on the Asian diaspora (PhD program)

Instruments: Trumpet, Shakuhachi, French Horn, and Suling. As a music education student, I also learned clarinet, flute, saxophone, bass clarinet, and piano.

Past education: B.S. in Music Education with a psychology minor from Clarion University, M.M. in Ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University (BGSU).

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Congrats to Alum John Spilker!


One more bit of news, just to add the prestige of our program and the value of your degree:

[Alum] John Spilker’s article “The Origins of “Dissonant Counterpoint”: Henry Cowell’s Unpublished Notebook” has just appeared in theJournal of the Society for American Music 5/4 (November 2011): 481-533. If you go to

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?decade=2010&jid=SAM&volumeId=5&issueId=04&iid=8412732 ,

 you’ll be able to preview the article. Note that the editors have honored John’s article by featuring Cowell’s image on the cover of this issue.

Congratulations to John!

[Call for Papers] Soundtracks Music, Tourism, and Travel (UK)

Soundtracks Music, Tourism and Travel

6-9 July 2012, Liverpool, United Kingdom

 As an expression of culture, a form of intangible heritage, a signifier of place, and a marker of moments, music provides an important and emotive narrative for tourists. Indeed, it is increasingly difficult to imagine tourism ‘in silence’, outside of the scores and songs which accompany and punctuate journeys. From touristic performances of traditional dance, pilgrimages to the homes and graves of composers and singers, impromptu street entertainments, tours to concerts, attending festivals, to the sounds of the car radio, the travelling with ipods and the ‘muzak’ of hotel lifts, music can both activate and shape the journey, and passively permeate its duration. Music can both define and transcend the borders of destinations, emphasise and challenge notions of tradition, provide opportunities for liminal play, transgression and resistance and, help define the identities of visitors and the visited.

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[Call for Papers] Woody Guthrie Centennial Conference

Woody Guthrie at 100: Woody’s Legacy to Working Men and Women
A Conference and Concerts at Penn State

The GRAMMY Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create the centennial celebrations of Guthrie’s life and work. The year-long celebration will include a host of concerts, programs and events taking place throughout the country. Penn State is one of four universities that will host those events, and we seek papers for an interdisciplinary conference devoted to Woody Guthrie and his legacy. Continue reading