Visiting Scholar – Carolyn Philpott

Please join us this Thursday as we welcome Dr. Carolyn Philpott, Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music and Associate Head, Research for the School of Creative Arts. She is also an Adjunct Researcher at the University’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). Her research interests include Australian music and intersections between music, place and the environment, especially music composed in connection with Antarctica. She has published her research in high-quality musicology and polar studies journals, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries, and has presented at conferences, workshops and guest lectures in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, Asia and Australia. Her monograph, Composing Australia: Nostalgia and National Identity in the Music of Malcolm Williamson, was published by Lyrebird Press (University of Melbourne) as part of its Australasian Music Research series in 2018. She is currently co-editing (with Associate Professor Matt Delbridge, University of Melbourne, and Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane, University of Tasmania) a volume titled Performing Ice for publication by Palgrave Macmillan.


Dr Carolyn Philpott has lectured in music history, theory and musicology at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music since 2007 and has held a fulltime teaching and research position since early 2012, when she was awarded an Early Career Development Fellowship. Her PhD dissertation, completed in 2010, focused on the projection of an Australian identity in the music and persona of expatriate composer and Master of the Queen’s Music, Malcolm Williamson (1931–2003). In addition to publishing a monograph related to this research, Composing Australia (Lyrebird Press, 2018), she has published several journal articles on Williamson’s music, as well as contributed to the entries on the composer in the international music encyclopaedias Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2007) and Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online, 2014).

Alongside her research on Australian music, Carolyn has published numerous articles and book chapters on music and soundscape-based compositions produced in connection with Antarctica, including in highly ranked musicology, historical studies and polar studies journals. She has presented her Antarctic-related research in the UK, Europe, the US, South America, Asia and Australia and is a regular contributor to the Bachelor of Antarctic Studies program run by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), where she holds the position of Adjunct Researcher. Her forthcoming co-edited collection Performing Ice (with Associate Professor Matt Delbridge, University of Melbourne, and Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane, University of Tasmania) will be published as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Performing Landscapes series.

Carolyn has received awards for both her teaching and research, including a Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2014, and the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research Performance by a New Researcher.

In addition to her commitments at the University, she has published more than 170 concert reviews, mostly in the Mercury (Hobart) newspaper, and regularly presents pre-concert talks as part of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Master Series.


Dr. Philpott’s presentation will take place this Thursday, April 11th at 4 p.m. in HMU 125. Her talk is titled “Listening At the End of the World: Compositions Based on Soundscape Recordings of Antarctica.” We look forward to seeing you there!

May 23, 2020 _ 3_00 PM Beechtown Creek

2019 Undergraduate Music Research Symposium

UMRS PosterThe Society for Musicology is proud to announce the 2019 Undergraduate Music Research Symposium. The event will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in KMU 304. Attendance is free and open to all! Please register ahead of time by clicking here. Come support our hard-working and brilliant undergraduate music majors!


The Society for Musicology at Florida State University


The Sixth Annual

Undergraduate Music Research Symposium


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kuersteiner Music Building 340

Schedule of Events

8:45 A.M.            Registration, Light Breakfast (KMU Lounge)

9:25                     Opening Remarks: McKenna Milici

                             President, Society for Musicology              

9:30 – 10:30         Session I: Exploring Identity

Chair: Aisha Gallion

“Contextualizing the Relationship Between Prosocial and Antisocial Themes in Popular Black Social Dances”

Brian Brown

“‘Amos Said That You Loved Music’: The Musical Portrayal of Sandra Bloom in Big Fish

Brittany Porthouse

“Societal Attitudes About Deaf Musicians: Social Implications of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Deafness”

Katlyn Gatti

10:30 – 10:45            Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:45            Session II: Traditions and Transformations

Chair: Ryan Whittington

“Nice Technique: Insight into the Composing Styles of Keith Emerson in The Nice”

Daniel Keough Williams

“A Discussion on the Effects of Howard Hanson’s Romantic Symphony on Twentieth-Century Listeners and Beyond”

David Ramos

Eroica and the Disorienting Human Experience: A Psychological Approach”

Abby Vinquist

11:45 – 12:45            Break for Lunch

12:50 – 1:30 P.M.      Session III: Facing the Challenges

Chair: Haley Nutt

“Sustainability Issues Affecting the American Symphony Orchestra Business Model”

Ricardo Moreno

“Music of the Resistance”

Stephanie Hamilton

1:30 – 1:40                Break

1:40 – 2:40                Session IV: Style and Influence

Chair: Bailey Hilgren

“The Evolution of Steve Reich’s Compositional Style”

Eric Douglas Meincke

“Emulation of Birdsong through Motive in Piccolo Repertoire”

Rebecca Needham

“Piazzolla: Nuevo Tango, Globalization, and Argentina’s Musical Identity”

Stephen Fodroczi

2:40 – 2:50                Break                        

2:50 – 3:30                Session V: Untold History

Chair: Nate Ruechel

“Flat-Out Loud: A Soundscape of the Black Death”

Eva Schore

“Tactic and Tune: Fife and Drum Corps in the American Revolutionary War”

Moira Conley

3:45                          Announcement of Paper Prize


Abstract Committee

Vivianne Asturizaga

Emily Eubanks

McKenna Milici

Ryan Whittington

Panel Chairs and Mentors

Bailey Hilgren

Aisha Gallion

Haley Nutt

Nate Ruechel

Rebekah Franklin

Ryan Whittington

Planning Committee

Rachel Bani

Caroline Bishop

Laura Clapper

Hannah Geerlings

Paper Prize Committee

Eli Alfonso

Carrie Danielson


With a long-standing reputation as one of the premiere music institutions in the nation, the College of Music is a vital component of the Florida State University community, offering a comprehensive program of instruction and serving as a center of excellence for the cultural development of the state.


Visiting Scholar – Mark Slobin

society for musicology presentsPlease join us Thursday, April 4, 2019 as we welcome Mark Slobin as our Spring Visiting Scholar. Mark Slobin is the Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Emeritus at Wesleyan University and the authoror editor of books on Afghanistan and Central Asia, eastern European Jewish music, film music, and ethnomusicology theory, two of which have received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award: “Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World” and “Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants.”His most recent book (2018) is “Motor City Music: A Detroiter Looks Back.” He has been President of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for Asian Music and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His talk this Thursday is titled “50 Years in the Field: Mark Slobin and American Ethnomusicology” and will survey Mark Slobin’s 50+-year career as it parallels the growth of American ethnomusicology. His work, fromAfghanistan to New York’s Jewish immigrants, from film music to industrial Detroit, has spanned and helped to spark issues around the study of musical subcultures and methods of the field. We look forward to seeing you at HCB 103 this Thursday at 4 p.m.