Musicology at Eastman

Upcoming Events

Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., New Sibley Library 404, unless otherwise indicated

10 September 2015
Rachel Mundy, University of Pittsburgh
“Collecting Silence: Race, Culture, and Species in Professional Song Collecting 1900-1945”

24 September 2015
Susan Boynton, Columbia University
“Music and the Cluniac Vision of History”

Saturday, 10 October 2015, 5:00 p.m., Howard Hanson Hall
Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri
“Praying for the nation: Mbira music at Chiweshe’s Dzivaguru shrine”
Sponsored by the Humanities Corridor of Central New York

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 7:00 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library
Mendelssohn and His World: Cultural Contexts for Elijah, panel discussion
Sponsored by UR Humanities Center

Tuesday, 20 October 2015, 4:30 p.m., Ciminelli Lounge in the Eastman Student Living Center
Kingsley Day, on reconstructing Chopin Mazurkas
Co-sponsored with Piano and Music Theory

22 October 2015, 7:00 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library
Mendelssohn and His World: Performance Contexts for Elijah, panel discussion
Sponsored by UR Humanities Center

29 October 2015, 7:00 p.m., Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library
A. Larry Todd, Duke University
Mendelssohn and His World: “Mendelssohn as a Prodigy”
Sponsored by UR Humanities Center

5 November 2015
AMS Preview

19 November 2015
AMS Roundup

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New Publications

Locke Book 2015 Ralph Locke (professor emeritus), Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Koskoff Book Ellen KoskoffA Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on Music and Gender (University of Illinois Press, 2014).
thym_booksmall Jürgen Thym, Professor Emeritus., ed., Mendelssohn, the Organ, and Music of the Past (Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press, 2014).
Anderson Book 2014 Michael Anderson, St. Anne in Renaissance Music: Devotion and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
watkins_booksmall Holly Watkins, Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

ESM Musicology on Facebook:

Associate Professor Michael Anderson and PhD student Naomi Gregory presented to groups of students from the freshman Eastman Colloquium on the recent visit of that course to the Memorial Art Gallery. Michael talked about the history that can be found in a page of fifteenth-century chant manuscript, and Naomi talked about and performed on the Italian baroque organ. They joined Assistant Professor of Humanities Rachel Remmel and MAG Curator of European Art Nancy Norwood to help students gain an understanding of the intersections and parallels between art and music. ...

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I'm relieved to report that current PhD student Jacek Blaszkiewicz, who is doing research in Paris this year, is safe. Like us all, he is deeply troubled by the horrific attacks of yesterday. Our thoughts are very much with the people of Paris and all France today. ...

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For prospective PhD students . . . we are changing our admissions practices this year. Whereas in the past Eastman has always required in-person interviews for the Musicology PhD program--a parallel to the auditions most Eastman students perform--this year we will be conducting all interviews via Skype (or phone). Travel to Rochester will not be required. We hope the change makes our application process less burdensome and brings us more in line with other programs. In any case, we look forward to application season! ...

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Faculty News

Michael Anderson Michael Anderson won the University of Rochester Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award and will undertake a recording and online archiving project in 2013-14 in connection with the reinstallation of the medieval gallery at the Memorial Art Gallery. His book on Renaissance music for St. Anne is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in March 2014.
Corbett Bazler Corbett Bazler, newly appointed assistant professor in the Music Department at the College of the University of Rochester, presented a paper at the 2011 AMS meeting in San Francisco. The title, “Reforming Handel: The Failed Heroics of Imeneo (1740) and Deidamia (1741)”, reflects research contained in his recently completed dissertation at Columbia University.
Melina Esse Melina Esse was awarded the AMS Alfred Einstein Award for 2014 for her article “Encountering the improvvisatrice in Italian Opera,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 66, no. 3 (Fall 2013): 709-70. This award honors “a musicological article of exceptional merit published by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career.
Maria Fava Maria Cristina Fava joins the faculty as assistant professor of Musicology and Humanities (Italian) for the 2013-14 school year. She is currently working on two articles for publication, respectively on the role of the chorus in Rossini’s Tancredi and on the Composers Collective of New York.
Roger Freitas Roger Freitas presented his paper, “The Art of Artlessness, or, Adelina Patti Teaches Us How to Be Natural,” at the 2012 Congress of the International Musicological Society in Rome. An article version is forthcoming in the festschrift for Ellen Rosand (Eastman Studies in Music, Univ. of Rochester Press). His article from 2002, “Towards a Verdian Ideal of Singing: Emancipation from Modern Orthodoxy,” was reprinted in the collection Classical and Romantic Music, ed. David Milsom, Ashgate Library of Essays on Music Performance Practice (Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2011).
Lisa Jakelski Lisa Jakelski organized the session on Cross-Border Encounters in the Global South: A New Look at Cold War Cultural Diplomacy for 2013 AMS. She will also chair Musicology in Russia and Hungary during the Cold War. She gave a paper on the Warsaw Autumn Festival at the 2012 IMS Congress in Rome. In November 2012 she will be presenting at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans. Her title will be “Pushing Boundaries: Musical Exchange at the Warsaw Autumn Festival.”
Ellen Koskoff Ellen Koskoff has recently been appointed editor of the journal Ethnomusicology and is awaiting the publication of her collected essays, A Feminist Ethnomusicology.
Kim Kowalke Kim Kowalke Professor of Musicology and the Richard L. Turner Professor in the Humanities in the College, is presenting a paper on The Miller’s Son at AMS in New Orleans. Two weeks later he’ll be the scholar-in-residence at Cincinnati College-Conservatory in conjunction with a year-long Weill Festival and the opening of Street Scene there. After conducting the Broadway opera for Eastman Opera in 1992, Kowalke has written extensively about the piece, and his 65-minute concert sequence, Street Scenes, has been performed by the New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony at the Proms, and the Berlin Radio Symphony. Last summer he gave one of the “ShowTalk” lectures at Glimmerglass and wrote the essay on Lost in the Stars for the program book.
Jennifer Kyker Jennifer Kyker has recently published an short article in the American Journal of Public Health, exploring musical approaches to HIV prevention in Zimbabwe. As part of the University of Rochester’s Humanities Project initiative “Looking at AIDS 30 Years On,” she also recently organized a concert featuring Zimbabwean musicians Musekiwa Chingodza and Zivanai Masango, with participation from students enrolled in her spring 2011 course, “Music, Ethnography, and HIV/AIDS.”
Ralph Locke Ralph Locke recently published a book chapter on the German Romantic composer Ferdinand Hiller. In the newly released Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia he contributed the entries regarding Aida. His book Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. This book is a “prequel” to his 2009 study Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections (now available in paperback from Cambridge). He continues to edit the series Eastman Studies in Music (University of Rochester Press).
Patrick Macey At the Casa Italiana of New York University in March 2013, Patrick Macey gave a talk on newly reconstructed music for carnival songs by Lorenzo de’ Medici, with performances of the songs by three undergraduate singers from the Eastman Voice Department. The talk is available on YouTube, starting at the timing 10:30.In April 2013 he presented a paper on musical canon in motets by Mouton at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in San Diego. Later that same month he was an invited participant at Stanford University at a symposium: Performing and Analyzing Josquin in the Digital Age.
Honey Meconi Honey Meconi’s recent publications include “Pierre de la Rue: Missa Alleluia” and “Antoine de Févin: Missa pro fidelibus defunctis,” both in Meerstemmigheid in Beeld: Zeven Meesterwerken uit het Atelier von Petrus Alamire (Leuven: Davidsfonds).
Holly Watkins Holly Watkins has published an article titled “The Music Friend” in Opera Quarterly 31, nos. 1-2 (2015). The article was originally presented on the panel “Psychoanalysis and Music: A (Sexual) Relationship?” at the AMS Annual Meeting in Milwaukee (2014). In 2014-15, Watkins held an ACLS Fellowship, during which she drafted portions of a book manuscript entitled Musical Vitalities.

Student News

Jacek Blaszkiewicz’s review of a new critical edition of Edouard Lalo’s Fiesque is forthcoming in the March issue of MLA Notes.

Rachel Brashier was awarded the T. Temple Tuttle Prize from the Niagara Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology for her Paper entitled “In Gamelan You Have to Become One ‘Feeling’: Sensory Embodiment and Transfer of Musical Knowledge.”

Regina Compton enters with a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Southern Methodist University and an M.M. in Music History from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Regina is the recipient of the Eastman GTA Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2011), the Jerald C. Graue Fellowship (2011), and the American Handel Society’s J. Merrill Knapp Research Fellowship (2013), which supported study in London at the British Library. Regina has presented at national and international conferences, most recently, the 2013 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. Regina also serves as the general director of Chamber Music Campania ( a cross-disciplinary summer festival in southern Italy. Her dissertation examines the communicative potential of Handel’s recitativo semplice in his operas for the First Royal Academy of Music (1720-1728).

Jack Hanlon arrives at Eastman after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was recognized for his academic and performance achievements by the R. Dwight Drexler scholarship award. His current research interests include late German Romanticism and German modernism.

Aaron James completed an MM in organ performance at Eastman following a BMus at the University of Western Ontario, where he received the Faculty of Music Gold Medal; he is now pursuing a PhD in musicology concurrently with a DMA in organ. His primary research interests involve issues of genre, theology and devotional culture in the sixteenth-century motet. He has presented conference papers at McGill University and the University of Sheffield (UK), and will present his work at the 2014 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. His article on polyphonic settings of the Salve Regina is forthcoming in the spring 2014 issue of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation.

Lauron Kehrer earned her MA in Ethnomusicology at Eastman, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Women and Gender Studies (University of Rochester). Before moving to Rochester she completed her BM in Flute Performance at Michigan State University, with an undergraduate specialization in Women, Gender, and Social Justice. Her doctoral studies are supported by a Sproull Fellowship and she is a past recipient of the Ann Clark Fehn award. Lauron has presented papers at national conferences including AMS, SAM, SEM, and Feminist Theory and Music. Her current research explores the intersections of queer identity, gender, and race in hip hop.

Sarah Fuchs Sampson spent three summer months doing archival research in Paris for her dissertation, “Opera and Technology in Third Republic France,” which examines how the advent of technologies such as the telephone, théâtrophone, phonograph, and cinema affected the singing, teaching, listening, and viewing of opera in France between 1870 and 1914. Her archival work was supported by the 2013 Presser Music Award.

Tanya Sermer completed the BMus at McGill University. She completed the MA in Ethnomusicology in 2008 on the role of music and chant in Muslim practice in the U.S. Her dissertation topic is “The Battle for the Soul of Jerusalem: Musical Practice, Public Performance, and Competing Discourses of Israeli Nationalism.” Tanya has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2009, teaches at the University of Tel Aviv, and works as a researcher at the Jewish Music Research Center. She has presented papers at many conferences and workshops, including the International Musicological Society in Rome, and won the Charles Warren Fox Award in 2010. She received the International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for ethnographic fieldwork in Jerusalem in 2010-11 and currently holds the Elsa T. Johnson Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-14. A chapter on the repertoire of American singer-songwriter, Debbie Friedman, is due to be published in a compiled volume by Ashgate in early 2014.

Anne Marie Weaver traveled to Russia and Germany this summer, doing library research as a recipient of the Glenn Watkins Traveling Fellowship. She was gathering song scores for her dissertation, Russian Art Song, ca. 1830-1917: An International Exploration.
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