Category: Conference Announcement

BU Conference: “Valorizing Clemens non Papa: Towards a Polycentric Model for Renaissance Music,” 11/6/15–11/7/15

October 27th, 2015 in Conference Announcement, Department News and Events

Join the Center for Early Music Studies for the “Valorizing Clemens non Papa” conference, November 6–7, 2015.

Announcement: Beethoven Symposium November 4-5, 2013

October 15th, 2013 in Conference Announcement

Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology and College of Fine Arts School of Music
Location: Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology Seminar Room, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 281

Lewis Lockwood (Boston University and Harvard University emeritus)
Alan Gosman (University of Michigan)
Julia Ronge (Beethoven-Haus, Bonn)
Jeremy Yudkin (Boston University)
David Levy (Wake Forest University)

Session I (Monday, November 4, 1:30 – 5:30 pm)
Julia Ronge, Beethoven’s Apprenticeship: Studies with Haydn, Albrechtsberger, and Salieri
Alan Gosman, Inspired by Endings, Establishing Beginnings: Beethoven’s Approach to Select Compositions from 1798-1804
Lewis Lockwood, The Greater the Brook, the Deeper the Tone: On the Slow Movement of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony
Julia Ronge, The New Beethoven Catalogue: Conception, Organization, and Classification

Session II (Tuesday, November 5, 9:30 – 11:30 am)
Open session on future directions in Beethoven scholarship

For further information, contact Matthew Cron (

Departmental Newsletter: April 2012 Supplement

April 12th, 2012 in Conference Announcement, Newsletter

Conference News

An article on the conference “Jazz, Criticism, and American Politics” is featured in the April 12, 2012 issue of BU Today. This conference takes place April 12-13, 2012 at Boston University and is free and open to the public. The full conference schedule and details are available online.

Conference Spotlight: Jazz, Criticism, and American Politics

April 7th, 2012 in Conference Announcement, Newsletter, Student News

The Musicology and Ethnomusicology department at Boston University will host the conference “Jazz, Criticism, and American Politics” on April 12 and April 13, 2012. All conference events are free of charge and open to the public, and a complete conference schedule is available online.

Conference presentations will take place in the Roosevelt Room of Mugar Memorial Library. The conference includes a special concert of jazz music featured in the collections of Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Center, to take place at the Tsai Performance Center on Thursday, April 12 at 8 PM. The keynote lecture by Lewis Porter of Rutgers University will begin on Thursday, April 12 at 4 PM in the Roosevelt Room.

Two members of the BU community will present papers at the conference:

  • Doctoral candidate Alexandre Abdoulaev will present a paper entitled “Simple and Sweet: Reassessing the Role of Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five in Modern Jazz Scholarship.”
  • Nancy Kovaleff Baker will present a paper entitled “Abel Meeropol (a.k.a. Lewis Allan): Political Commentator and Social Conscience.”

Hosting NECSEM

March 30th, 2011 in Conference Announcement, Student News

The New England Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (NECSEM) will meet at Boston University on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Led by chapter President Prof. Brita Heimarck, the meeting will feature many BU graduate students in both ethnomusicology and musicology, including: Basil Considine, Amanda Daly, Andres Espinoza, Samantha Jones, David Kjar, Panayotis League, Colleen Ortiz, David Palombo, and Ulrike Prager. View the details here.

Call For Papers: Graduate Student Conference – Saturday, May 7, 2011

February 2nd, 2011 in Conference Announcement

“Music as Tension, Music as Release”

Keynote Speaker: Kofi Agawu, Princeton University

The Boston University Music Society welcomes Professor Kofi Agawu as the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Graduate Student Musicology Conference on May 7, 2011. Professor Agawu will present “Tonality as a Colonizing Force in African Music,” which addresses tonality as a source of tension in the study of African Music. Inspired by this theme, the society seeks paper submissions from graduate students that discuss music from any genre as an agent of tension and/or release in its political, socio-cultural, or musical contexts. The society encourages paper submissions from a variety of music disciplines (musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, education, psychology, etc.).

The Boston University Music Society Graduate Student Conference is sponsored by the Boston University College of Fine Arts, the Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the African Studies Center at Boston University, and the Graduate Student Organization of the Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.


Abstracts are due by midnight on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Abstracts should be no longer than 350 words and submitted by e-mail to committee clerk Samantha Jones at with the subject heading “Boston University Music Society, ATTN: Samantha Jones”

Accepted papers will be notified by e-mail of their status by March 14, 2011.


The conference will have two session chairs (respondents) who will give a five-minute response to each paper. These are Dr. Paula Bishop and Dr. Steven Cornelius. Accepted papers will receive additional information regarding submission of the full paper.

Departmental Newsletter – March 2010

March 20th, 2010 in Conference Announcement, Newsletter, Student News

In this Issue

  • Student News
  • Upcoming Events

Student News

Andrew Shryock has been awarded the Frank Hideo Kono Fellowship at the Huntington Library in California, one of the largest research libraries in the United States.

Upcoming Events

Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality Conference
Boston University, March 25, 26 & 27, 2010.

To celebrate the 75th birthday of Arvo Pärt (born 11 September, 1935), Boston University is hosting a conference entitled ‘Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality’. Jointly promoted by the School of Music and the School of Theology, with cooperation from the Boston University Humanities Foundation, the conference will examine Pärt’s music using and developing cross-disciplinary methodologies drawing on media studies, theological studies and different analytical approaches to music. By working on issues of interpretation it endeavors to bridge the traditional gap between scholars and performers, and it directly addresses the largest group of people who come across Pärt’s music: the audience. Full details of the papers and sessions can be found at:

Student Paper Session

Graduate students in Musicology & Ethnomusicology will provide previews of papers to be given at various conferences during the Spring of 2010. Seminar Room, Musicology Suite (2nd floor), 808 Commonwealth Ave, 5-6:30 PM. Free.