Ellen Koskoff

Ellen Koskoff

Professor of Ethnomusicology

Director, World Music Certificate and Ethnomusicology Diploma Program

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Biography

BM, Boston University; MA, Columbia; PhD, University of Pittsburgh. Music in Lubavitcher Life, 2000, winner of ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music Scholarship 2001. Editor, Music Cultures in the United States, 2004. Ethnomusicology advisor for The New Amerigroves. General editor, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 3: United States and Canada. Editor and contributor, Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Publications in Ethnomusicology, Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) Yearbook, Worlds of Music, and The Journal of Women and Music. Book review editor, Ethnomusicology (1983-86).

President, Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) (2001-2003); Secretary, SEM (1990-); Council Member, SEM (1984-87, 99-); Chair, SEM Editorial Advisory Commitee (1998-); Local Arrangements Chair, SEM National Conference (Eastman, 1986), and Feminist Theory and Music II Conference (Eastman, 1993); program chair, SEM (1997). Director, Ethnomusicology Programs; University Diversity Officer; Director of the Eastman School’s Balinese Gamelan Lila Muni (1992-). Radio host, What in the World is Music?, WXXI-FM (NPR). Visiting faculty, Syracuse University (1981-88), UCLA (1986), New York University (1988). Faculty, Eastman (1980-).

Works / Publications

Books

  • Music Cultures in the United States (New York: Routledge, 2005).
  • Music in Lubavitcher Life. Music in American Life Series (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001). Winner of ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in publishing, 2002.
  • The United States and Canada, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3, ed. Ellen Koskoff (New York: Garland/Routledge, 2000). Includes 70 min. CD and notes.
  • Women and Music in Cross Cultural Perspective, ed. Ellen Koskoff, 2nd ed. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988).
 

Articles

  • “(Left Out in) Left (the Field): The Effects of Post-Postmodern Scholarship on Feminist and Gender Studies in Musicology and Ethnomusicology, 1990-2000,” Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture 9 (2005): 90-98.
  • “What I do is What I Am,” in The World’s Music: General Perspectives and Reference Tools, ed. Ruth Stone, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 10, for section “Ethnomusicologists at Work” (New York: Garland/Routledge, 2002).
  • “Is Female to Male as Modern is to Postmodern? Implications for a New Ethno/ Musicology,” in Encomium Musicae: Essays in Memory of Robert J. Snow, ed. David Crawford (Hillsdale: Pendragon Press, 2002), 733-744.
  • “Women in Music: World Music,” The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie (London: Macmillan, 2001), 27:537-542.
  • “The United States and Canada as a Musical Area,” Preface and Introduction to The United States and Canada, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 3, ed. Ellen Koskoff (New York: Garland/Routledge, 2000).
  • “Gender and Music,” in Europe, ed. Timothy Rice and James Porter, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol 8 (New York: Garland/Routledge, 1999).
  • “What Do We Want to Teach When We Teach Music? An Answer in the Form of One Apology, Two Short Trips, Three Ethical Dilemmas and Sixty Four Questions,” in Rethinking Music, ed. Nicholas Cook (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 545-559.
  • Notes for American Women Composers, Compact Disc, Catherine Tait, violin and Barry Snyder, piano. Gasparo GSCD-300 (1997).
  • “When Women Play: Musical Instruments and Gender Ideology,” in Voices of Women: Essays in Honour of Violet Archer, ed. Regula Qureshi (Alberta: University of Alberta Press. (1996),
  • “The Language of the Heart: Men, Women, and Music in Lubavitcher Life,” in New World Hasidism: Ethnographic Studies of Hasidic Jews in America, ed., Janet S. Belcove Shalin (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995).
  • “Miriam Sings Her Song: The Self and Other in Anthropological Discourse,” in Musicology and Difference, ed., Ruth Solie (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993), 149-163.
  • “Women on Top, or In Between,” American Women Composers News Forum 11 Spring/Summer (1993).
  • “Introduction” to special issue on Music Cognition, World of Music 3 Fall (1993).
  • “Gender, Power, and Music,” in The Musical Woman, an International Perspective, ed. Judith Laing Zaimont (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991).
  • “Both In and Between: Women’s Musical Roles in Ritual Life,” Concilium, 222 (1989): 97- 110. (Translated into 7 languages).
  • “Cognitive Strategies in Rehearsal: A Case Study of a Western Classical Percussion Ensemble,” in Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology: Issues in the Conceptualization of Music, vol. 7, ed. James Porter and Ali Jihad Racy (1988): 59-69.
  • “An Introduction to Women, Music and Culture,” in Women and Music in Cross Cultural Perspective, ed. Ellen Koskoff (Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1987).
  • “The Sound of A Woman’s Voice: Gender and Music in an American Hasidic Community” in Women and Music in Cross Cultural Perspective, ed. Ellen Koskoff (Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1987).
  • “Thoughts on Universals in Music,” World of Music 2 (1984): 66-87.
  • “The Music Network: A Model for the Organization of Music Concepts,” Ethnomusicology 25(3) (1982): 353-370.
  • “Some Aspects of Musical Acculturation Among Lubavitcher Hasidim,” in Working Papers in Yiddish and East European Studies (New York: YIVO, 1979).
  • “Nigun Composition in an American Hasidic Community,” in Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, ed. James Porter (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1978).