Guest Lecture by Dr. Ravi Howard

Dr. Ravi Howard

Please join the Society for Musicology in the Kuersteiner Building, Room 340 on Thursday, November 21. Dr. Ravi Howard, Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University, will deliver a lecture entitled “Straight Ahead and Strive for Tone.”

Dr. Ravi Howard received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2008 for the novel Like Trees, Walking, a fictionalized account of a true story, the 1981 lynching of a black teenager in Mobile, Alabama. Howard was a finalist for both the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction in 2008.

He has recorded commentary for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and his work has appeared in The New York TimesMassachusetts Review and Callaloo. He also appeared in the Ted Koppel documentary, The Last Lynching, on the Discovery Channel. Howard has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hurston-Wright Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

His television production work has appeared on HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and NFL Network. He received a 2004 Sports Emmy for his work on HBO’s Inside the NFL.

Guest Lecture by Dr. Jay Grymes


Dr. Grymes will give a lecture co-hosted by the Holocaust Education Resource Council of the FSU College of Social Work and the FSU Society for Musicology on Thursday, October 10th, 2019, from 4-5pm in Longmire Recital Hall. The lecture is titled “‘Although Music Here is Chronic, Many Lives are Disharmonic’: Cabaret Songs as Discord to the Harmonizing Narrative of Theresienstadt.”

Please join us for this event!

About Dr. Grymes:

James A. Grymes is an internationally respected musicologist, a critically acclaimed author, and a dynamic speaker who has addressed audiences at significant public venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Grymes has been featured in interviews by the New York Times, ABC News, and CNN, and has written essays for the Huffington Post and the Israeli music magazine Opus.

He is the author of Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour (Harper Perennial, 2014). A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. Violins of Hope won a National Jewish Book Award.

Dr. Grymes is Professor of Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is represented by John Rudolph of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

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Guest Lecture by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal

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Please join the Society for Musicology in welcoming Dr. Mark Anthony Neal to the Florida State University’s College of Music! On Thursday, September 26, from 4:00-5:00pm in the Longmire Recital Hall (LON 201), Dr. Neal will be presenting a talk entitled “‘I’ll Be a Bridge: Black Interiority, Black Invention and the American Songbook.” A reception will follow the talk, which is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Neal: 
Mark Anthony Neal is Chair of the Department of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance Tradition, and The History of Hip-Hop, which he co-teaches with Grammy Award Winning producer 9th Wonder (Patrick Douthit).

He also co-directs the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE).

He is the author of several books including What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1999), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002) and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013). The 10th Anniversary edition of Neal’s New Black Man was published in February of 2015 by Routledge. Neal is co-editor of That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge), now in its second edition. Additionally Neal is host of the video webcast Left of Black, which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke. You can follow him on Twitter at @NewBlackMan.

Lecture at Mission San Luis

Associate Professor Dr. Sarah Eyerly will be speaking at Mission San Luis on 5 September about the musical and sonic history of the site as part of their lecture series.

MissionEvent description:

Thursday, 9/5, Reception 6:00 pm, Lecture 6:30-7:30 pm

“Join us for the first presentation in our 2019-2020 Series on Colonial Sounds: The Influence of Native and Spanish Music on America.

“Musicologist Sarah Eyerly will explore the history of Spanish and Apalachee musical traditions at Mission San Luis, offering new insights into methods for resounding and repatriating the intangible cultural heritage of this complex and important historical site. Through historically informed recreations of the soundscapes of Mission San Luis, Dr. Eyerly will demonstrate how sounds—musical and non-musical, human and non-human—shaped daily life and religious culture for Spanish and Apalachee people living at the Mission.”

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.