Musicology at the 61st Annual Florida Folk Festival

Every Memorial Day weekend, the Florida Park Service hosts the Florida Folk Festival at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park outside of White Springs. Now in its sixty-first year, this event has been named “Florida’s Best Cultural Event” and a “Top Twenty Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society. From the many nationally-recognized musicians invited to perform to the tradition-bearers who come to share their knowledge, there is much for fans of traditional music to enjoy.

This year, our own Haiqiong Deng, an FSU alumna and director of the Chinese Ensemble, will be performing at the Florida Folklife Program area. Haiqiong will be featured as a part of the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program and will be performing the zheng with her apprentice Crystal Zhang. In addition to the other master artist-apprentice teams, the majority of the presenters in the Folklife Area will be representing the varied cultural heritages and communities from Florida’s Lower St. Johns River region. Featured presenters will include a variety of material artists, representatives of the region’s ecological and fishing traditions, and a number of musical acts. Banjo player Mark Johnson, who was the most recent recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, will exhibit his “clawgrass” style of banjo playing. Multiple representatives of Jacksonville’s hip hop community, including DJ and turntablist Paten Locke, MC Mal Jones, and graffiti artist Michael “Kes” Faulk, will be demonstrating their musical traditions and explaining their history. Mexico En La Piel, one of northeast Florida’s best traditional dance ensembles, will also perform throughout the weekend and be featured during the annual Folklife Area Saturday night dance. Presenters will take turns performing and describing their traditions from the stage each day with assistance from State Folklorist Blaine Waide and FSU musicologist Tim Storhoff, who will act as “cultural interpreters.” When not presenting, artists will have tables set up to demonstrate and discuss their traditions with visitors to the Folklife tent.

The Florida Folk Festival lasts from Friday through Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. For more information about tickets, directions, and the full schedule, visit

[Call for Papers] Composition in the 21st Century (Deadline Extended)

call4papersFrom the AMS-L:

“The deadline for the submission of proposals to the ‘Composition in the 21st Century’ conference at Trinity College Dublin (5-7 March 2014) has been extended to 9 September 2013 (the original deadline was 17 May).” Continue reading

[Call for Papers] Women and the American Musical Landscape

call4papersFrom the AMS-L:

“Call for Papers: Women and the American Musical Landscape

The Third Frederick Loewe Symposium on American Music at the University of Redlands
October 21-25, 2013
Featuring: Joan Tower (Asher B. Edelman Professor in the Arts, Bard College), Composer in Residence
Denise Von Glahn (Director of the Center for Music of the Americas, Florida State University), Scholar in Residence

Deadline: June 30, 2013 Continue reading

Musicology in Fiction

Looking for some fictional reading between semesters? The AMS listserv has you covered! Over the past couple of weeks, the list has been abuzz with summer reading recommendations. You can find a collection of these books and more on Bob Judd’s musicology fiction book list.

Our own esteemed faculty member Douglass Seaton weighed in to set the record straight regarding one of the suggestions:

“One note on Donald Greig’s Time Will Tell — the university in Tallahassee, through which the book’s main character regularly accesses the Internet for research, should be The Florida State University. Our colleagues at the University of Florida are down the road in Gainesville. Other than that odd slip-up, it was a fun read. (Oh, and Columbus, OH, is in the same time zone as JFK airport.)”

Do you have any musicology-centered fiction to add? What else is on your reading list this summer? Let’s start a conversation in the comments!

[Update]: Donald Greig, the author of the above-mentioned Time Will Tell, has let us know that the university mix-up was intentional! Here’s his comment from below:

“Douglass Seaton is absolutely right about the time zones (damn!), but the ‘slip’ about the Florida university was deliberate. There were a few such deliberate obfuscations in the novel, including the fictional invention of the characters of Josquin, Compere, Ockeghem et al.”

Hey, we were just looking out for our school, but maybe that’s the idea? Thanks for the clarification!

[Call for Papers] The Ongoing Bond Between Music and Technology (Deadline Extended)

call4papersFrom the AMS-L:

“CALL FOR PAPERS (Extended deadline)
‘The Ongoing Bond Between Music and Technology’
15th Annual Western University Graduate Symposium on Music
Conference Dates: August 23-24, 2013
Extended Submission Deadline: May 17th, 2013 Continue reading