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, 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 has been granted a research leave for 2012-13 to work on her book, which deals with connections between poetic improvisation and operatic performance in nineteenth-century Italy.
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 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 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 has recently been appointed editor of the journal Ethnomusicology and is awaiting the publication of her collected essays, A Feminist Ethnomusicology.
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 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 organized a panel at the 2012 meeting of the American Musicological Society (in New Orleans) on the songs of Debussy; it included guest participants from France. At Eastman, he helped organize“The Prismatic Debussy,” a three-week festival celebrating the bicentenary of the composer’s birth and featuring lesser-known works such as Acts 4-5 of Le martyre de saint Sébastien. Locke recently published an essay in Archiv für Musikwissenschaft (in English): “On Exoticism, Western Art Music, and the Words We Use.” His entry “Exoticism [in American Music]” is available online (and forthcoming in print) in Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition. He is completing—for Cambridge University Press—a book on musical exoticism in broadside ballad, court ballet, opera, and other genres, from 1500 to 1800.
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 has prepared the “Hildegard of Bingen” entry for Oxford Bibliographies Online. Recent presentations include “Caveat cantor: Manuscript Differences in Hildegard’s Songs” presented at the IMS meeting in Rome in July 2012, as well as “The Unknown Alamire: Lost Manuscripts Reclaimed,” read at the Medieval/Renaissance Music Conference in Nottingham, England. The latter paper will be given at the AMS meeting in New Orleans as well. Other talks in the coming months include presentations on Hildegard at Wellesley College and Rhode Island College, as well as talks on La Rue at the Huis van de Polyfonie and the University of Leuven in Belgium.
Holly Watkins will present "Toward a Posthumanist Organicism" for the 2013 AMS session on Philosophical Interventions. She published an article entitled “Slavoj Žižek: Responding from the Void” in a 2012 issue of Contemporary Music Review devoted to music and philosophy.