Lena Leson gives dissertation presentation


Recently, SMR member Lena Leson gave her dissertation presentation, one of the final steps before defense. Not to be undone by coronavirus-related social-distancing measures, Lena delivered the presentation electronically. Please see below for dissertation title and abstract! Making Balanchine an American Modernist: Cold War Aesthetics and Franco-Russian Practices in the Ballets of George Balanchine Among … Continue reading Lena Leson gives dissertation presentation

SMR sponsors visit by Gaelynn Lea


Earlier this month, SMR co-sponsored a visit to U-M by Gaelynn Lea, a singer-songwriter and violinist who is also an advocate for disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. Lea’s time in Ann Arbor was full: she performed a concert, gave a lecture on accessibility in the arts, and had dinner with … Continue reading SMR sponsors visit by Gaelynn Lea

Student-Faculty Reading Group: Ritchey, Composing Capital 


Earlier this week, the Student-Faculty Reading group, organized by SMR Forum and the Musicology Department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, met to discuss Marianna Ritchey’s book Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era. Apart from the usual stimulating discussion of a pressing topic, those present at this month’s meeting had the opportunity to pose … Continue reading Student-Faculty Reading Group: Ritchey, Composing Capital