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
Kignsley 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

thym_booksmall Jürgen Thym, Professor Emeritus., ed., Mendelssohn, the Organ, and Music of the Past (Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press, 2014).
watkins_booksmall Holly Watkins, Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
freitas_booksmall Roger Freitas, Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani (Cambridge University Press, 2009).Roger Freitas discusses his book on NPR’s Rochester affiliate WXXI.
locke_booksmall Ralph Locke, Musical Exoticism: Images and Reflections (Cambridge University Press, 2009).Ralph Locke discusses his book on NPR’s Rochester affiliate WXXI.

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We're happy to announce that we have a new microfilm/fiche scanner! It is located where the films and fiche are housed, on the south end (East Ave. end) of the second floor. The software is very straightforward to use, and there are instructions taped to the table, but don't hesitate to ask for help at the reference desk if you need it.

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From Jennifer Kyker:

I'm pleased to announce that mbira player Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri will be visiting next weekend (October 10th-12th), with funding from the Humanities Corridor of Central New York. Patience is among the very few Zimbabwean women who grew up playing mbira regularly in traditional ceremonies, as her mother is a traditional healer and spirit medium who requested that mbira music be played during her healing sessions. I hope you may be able to join me for part of the following schedule of events:

Saturday, October 10th

Lecture/Demonstration, Howard Hanson, "Praying for the Nation: Mbira Music at Chiweshe's Dzivaguru Shrine," given by Patience Chaitezvi

Located in the Chiweshe rural areas, Dzivaguru is one of very few shrine centres still active in maintaining traditional Zimbabwean musical and ritual practices. Being a centre which stands to make prayers for the nation, it also helps people with problems which traditional healers have failed to deal with. Yet the lifestyle at the shrine is deliberately not modern. For example, they do not buy even the food they eat from grocery shops, but they grow it. Their healing practices are also conducted free, as they don't want to deal with money. In this talk, Patience will describe the practices at Dzivaguru, and introduce a combination of video footage, still photographs, and live mbira, singing, and drumming demonstration/performance.

Reception, ET-12 (Gamelan Room)

Zimbabwean Mbira Performance, Hanson Howard, Patience Chaitezvi and members of the Eastman Mbira Ensemble

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Guest speaker Susan Boynton (Columbia University): "Music and the Cluniac Vision of History," 4:30 p.m., Sibley Library Seminar Room (NSL 404). Join us! ...

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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 “Plus oultre, Pierre de la Rue, and the Emperor’s Music” in Journal of the Alamire Foundation and “The Unknown Hildegard: Editing, Performance, and Reception (An Ordo Virtutum in Five Acts)” in Music in Print and Beyond: Hildegard von Bingen to The Beatles. In September she will speak at the 2014 European Musical Analysis Conference in Leuven, Belgium. She was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society as well as the Advisory Board of the series Alamire Manuscripts in Facsimile.
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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