Musicology at Eastman

Upcoming Events

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


15 September 2016
Arne Spohr, Bowling Green
“Privileged Dependency: The Legal and Social Position of Black Court Trumpeters in 17th-Century Germany”

30 March 2017
Jane Bernstein, Tufts University
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13 April 2017
James Davies, University of California Berkeley
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20 April 2017
Peter Schmelz, Arizona State University
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New Publications

1 NJE 30 CC image Patrick Macey, editor, Secular Works for Six Voices, by Josquin des Prez, New Josquin Edition, vol. 30 (Utrecht: Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschidenis, 2015)
Locke Book 2015 Ralph Locke (professor emeritus), Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Choir Library - Lubeck Kerala Snyder (professor emerita), The Choir Library of St. Mary’s in Lübeck, 1546-1674 A Database Catalogue (University of Gothenburg, 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).

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On Thursday (19 October), Danielle Fosler-Lussier (Ohio State University) will be speaking as part of our Symposium series. Her paper is titled "Transnationalism Comes Home: UNESCO, USIA, and Women’s Advocacy for Music." The lecture will take place in NSL 404 at 4:30 pm. We hope to see many of you there! ...

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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 published her book of collected essays, A Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on Music and Gender, (University of Illinois Press), as well as an article, “Ethnomusicology,” for the Oxford Handbook on Western Music Philosophy. She was also invited to be on the International Advisory Board of the British Royal Musical Research Chronicle. Last summer, she joined an international committee to evaluate university music programs in Israel and taught an intensive course on musical ethnography to Swedish and Finnish students.
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 a 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.”
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).
Mueller headshot Darren Mueller joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Musicology. He received his PhD from Duke University in 2015 after completing an MA in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers, The State University in Newark and a BM in saxophone performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His current book project examines the jazz industry’s adoption of the long-playing record (LP) in the 1950s. With additional research interests in sound and digital media, he is a co-editor of Provoke! Digital Sound Studies {], a collection of online projects that experiment and critically engage with sonic media.
250_Watkins_Holly-234x181 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

John Green is the 2016-17 Raymond Ball Fellow supporting his dissertation about John Cage on film and television.  In addition to researching modern American music, Green also performs traditional Zimbabwean music.

Lauron Kehrer is a PhD Candidate in Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, where she is completing her dissertation, entitled “Beyond Beyoncé: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Hip-Hop (c. 2004-2014).” Before starting her PhD, Lauron completed her MA in Ethnomusicology at Eastman along with a Graduate Certificate from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester. She is the recipient of the 2016 Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship from the Society for American Music and the Glenn Watkins Travelling Fellowship from Eastman, both of which supported her fieldwork on queer performances in sissy bounce music in New Orleans. Her article, “Goldenrod Distribution and the Queer Failure of Women’s Music” appears in American Music Vol. 34, No. 2 (2016). She has presented her work on race, gender, and sexuality in American popular music at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the Society for Ethnomusicology, as well as Feminist Theory and Music conferences. Lauron’s graduate studies at Eastman have been supported by a Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester and an Elsa T. Johnson Fellowship in Musicology.

Eric Lubarsky is currently revising his dissertation while working full time as a Senior Editor at Carnegie Hall in NYC. He also will act as a contributing editor to A-R Editions, Inc. Online Music Anthology, as the project expands to include a music history textbook. In 2016, he presented papers at conferences for the North American British Music Studies Association, the Society for American Music, and the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the last of which will be published in the conference proceedings.

Mary McArthur is pursuing concurrently a PhD in Musicology and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology. In 2016, Mary received the Ethnomusicology Fieldwork Grant to travel to Bali (where she spent six months in 2013) to continue her study of Balinese gamelan music as it relates to ritual practices. She was also the recipient of the Anne Clark Fehn Fellowship.

Jane Sylvester’s current musicological interests include the connections and intersections between music, gender, and nature in German Lieder and opera from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Inspired by her sixteen years as a saxophonist, Jane is also fascinated by issues concerning the performative body. Most recently, she has presented papers at the Greater New York Chapter of the AMS, the Michigan Music Research Conference, and the Midwest Popular Culture Association. Jane was the recipient of the Anne Clark Fehn Fellowship in 2015.