Musical Instrument Museum Trip


On the opening weekend of spring break, Alyssa, Ho-Chak, Casper, and I had the great fortune of visiting the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, as arranged by Professor Lester Monts and the Stearns Collection. The museum operates on the slogan “Music is the Language of the Soul,” and the bulk of the museum is devoted … Continue reading Musical Instrument Museum Trip

U-M Ethnomusicology Represents at the 2017 Chicago Marathon


Last weekend, Ho Chak Law raced in the Chicago Marathon. He finished in a personal best of 2:58.10, placing him in the top 150 runners in a rather competitive age bracket (see below for results). This time qualifies him to run other marathons, including the Boston. But don’t bother looking for Ho Chak training around … Continue reading U-M Ethnomusicology Represents at the 2017 Chicago Marathon

Summer in Prague


This summer I was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies to take an intensive two-month Czech language course at Charles University in Prague. The course was extremely helpful for me, as a heritage speaker, to round out my knowledge of Czech. Through … Continue reading Summer in Prague

Caroline Shaw at Bang on a Can Marathon 2017


Last month I went to the Brooklyn Museum for the 30th Anniversary of the Bang on a Can Marathon, an annual new music marathon concert which is the main activity of the Bang on a Can musical group. I sat behind the amazing Pulitzer-Prize winning composer–singer–violist Caroline Shaw, who later took to the stage to … Continue reading Caroline Shaw at Bang on a Can Marathon 2017