Alyssa Wells at the 2019 Harvard Graduate Music Conference

This past weekend, musicology PhD candidate Alyssa Wells presented her paper “A Blaring Silence: Ritual, Hazing, and Abuse in Drum Corps” at the 2019 Harvard Graduate Music Conference (abstract below). In addition to attending this conference, Alyssa was also able to catch up with fellow U of M musicology PhD candidate, Austin Stewart. They are pictured below in the … Continue reading Alyssa Wells at the 2019 Harvard Graduate Music Conference

SMR General Assembly, Winter 2019

Last week, SMR members gathered for the annual winter General Assembly. After recapping SMR’s various activities of the past semester, members discussed initiatives—professional, social, and other—to pursue for the remainder of the academic year, as well as plans for next year. By all appearances, Winter 2019 should be another busy and rewarding semester! Photo by … Continue reading SMR General Assembly, Winter 2019

James McNally: Dissertation Defense

Last Friday, James McNally successfully defended his dissertation (see abstract below) in the presence of a riveted audience. Congratulations, Jimmy, on your outstanding work, and all the best with final revisions.       ---------------------------------------- São Paulo Underground: Creativity, Collaboration, and Cultural Production in a Multi-Stylistic Experimental Music Scene This dissertation investigates the interrelated dynamics of … Continue reading James McNally: Dissertation Defense

Anne’s Dissertation Oral Presentation

Last week, Anne Heminger delivered her Dissertation Oral Presentation at the Burton Tower between soundings of the carillon at quarter-hours. Her sizable audience, held in rapt attention, learned about shifting musical practices that attended the turbulent period of 1540–1560 England and how liturgical music both reflected and facilitated religious perspectives during this time (see abstract … Continue reading Anne’s Dissertation Oral Presentation

SMR Forum: Disability

Last Friday, SMR members met for a forum on disability sponsored by SMR and the SMTD office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. SMR member Elizabeth McLain guided activities aimed at understanding challenges that people with disabilities face, presented anecdotes and information regarding terminology, and answered attendees’ questions (more details below). While SMTD has a long … Continue reading SMR Forum: Disability

UM’s SMR at AMS/SMT 2018

Last weekend, SMR members were in San Antonio for the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory. A number of SMR members gave talks, including an entire panel composed of U-M scholars (see complete list below). Congratulations, all, and excellent work! In addition to papers, meetings, and professional development, … Continue reading UM’s SMR at AMS/SMT 2018