On May 11, Monica Ahn successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “From Partimento to Finished Work: Realizing, Revising, and Expanding Partimenti Using Techniques of the Bach Family” (see abstract below). Congratulations, Monica! “From Partimento to Finished Work: Realizing, Revising, and Expanding Partimenti Using Techniques of the Bach Family” The centrality of thoroughbass to eighteenth-century … Continue reading Successful Dissertation Defense: Hye Sang Monica Ahn
Last weekend, SMR members celebrated a productive and successful year with a barbecue at Alyssa's well-appointed home. The weather held out nicely, and members enjoyed a variety of culinary offerings, yard games, domesticated animals, and conversation. Congratulations, everyone, on a great year, and enjoy the summer! Photos by Richard Smith and William van Geest.
Last week, SMR members met for the organization’s year-end General Assembly. The meeting was well-attended, and members discussed a variety of topics, both reviewing the many undertakings of the year that passed (including our successful graduate-student conference in March!) and making exciting plans for the following year. Cover photo: Our co-chairs, Lena and Vivian, bravely lead … Continue reading SMR End-of-2018 General Assembly
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
Last weekend, SMR held its much-anticipated 2018 graduate-student conference. Students from around the country gave ten paper presentations (including one lecture-recital) on a variety of topics relating to the conference's theme, "Music and Borders," across the disciplines of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and musical performance (see conference program below). The conference's keynote speaker was Dr. Alejandro … Continue reading 2018 SMR Conference: Music and Borders
Alyssa Wells was recently featured on the Brass Chicks blog—on International Women's Day, no less—in a piece she wrote about her path to her current research. You can read all about it here.
Last week, several SMR members attended the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for American Music in Kansas City, MO. One member, James McNally, presented his paper on the experimental music scene in Sāo Paulo, Brazil (see abstract below). Photo: James presenting his talk (credit: Nee Chucherdwatanasak) “DIY Experimental: Punk’s Radical Reinvention of Musical Experimentalism … Continue reading SMR at Society for American Music 2018 Annual Conference
Next weekend, March 10–11, SMR will be hosting a graduate-student conference titled “Music and Borders” right here in Ann Arbor. We will attend the UMS performance of Company Wang Ramirez’s “Borderline” as a group; our keynote speaker, Dr. Alejandro L. Madrid of Cornell University, will give a talk titled “The Importance of Being from ‘The Other Side’: Music, … Continue reading Next Week: SMR Graduate Student Conference, Music & Borders
Earlier this week, several SMR members braved snowy conditions and took the opportunity afforded by Winter Break to meet at Ypsilanti coffee and tap house Cultivate and get some work done in inspirational and enjoyable company. Photo: Productivity in human form (credit: Anna Rose Nelson).
Recently, several SMR members were involved in events surrounding the premiere of a new edition of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, part of U-M's Gershwin Initiative. One of the main events of this Gershwin-packed weekend was a two-day symposium devoted to discussions of race, representation, activism, and appropriation in the opera. Two current SMR members … Continue reading SMR at The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Symposium