Marié Abe has been having quite a month. Debo Band, the Ethiopian funk group in which she plays the accordion, recently won a Best Live Band of the Year nomination from Boston Music Awards, and their self-titled album has been picked as one of NPR’s Top 50 of the year. NPR wrote that the album is “one of the best finds of the year, bar none.” And in terms of her scholarly progress, the Boston University Center for the Humanities has awarded Professor Abe a Junior Faculty Fellowship, which gives her a whole year off from teaching and departmental duties to focus on her book project and to meet monthly with other colleagues in all fields of the humanities.
The Center for Early Music Studies presented a lecture by Martin Pearlman, the music director of Boston Baroque, on performing Handel’s Messiah, and will present a lecture-demonstration by Patrick Wood Uribe on the music of the seventeenth-century violin virtuoso Thomas Baltzar.
The Department will be celebrating the holiday season and the end of the semester with an all-department party on the evening of December 12th.
The department congratulates Ulrike Praeger on her recent conference acceptance. Ulrike will present a paper entitled “Music in Captivity, Captivating Music: Germans in Refugee and War Camps” at a conference hosted by Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. This conference will take place in Göttingen, Germany from March 15-16, 2013.
Special Notice: A New Center for Beethoven Research
At the recent AMS/SEM/SMT joint meeting in New Orleans, Professor Yudkin made the exciting and important announcement that Boston University is in the early stages of planning, with the support of the School of Music and the College of Fine Arts, a Center for Beethoven Research in the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. This will be the only such center devoted to serious Beethoven research at a major research university on the East Coast and affiliated with a well-established graduate research program in musicology. The Center will be based on the eventual gift of the Beethoven library and research papers of Professor Lewis Lockwood, Fanny Peabody Research Professor of Music, Emeritus, at Harvard University and Distinguished Senior Scholar in the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University.
Beethoven research has gained greatly in impetus and visibility within the last two years. A New Beethoven Research Group has been established in the United States; American relations with the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn have been revitalized; and capable young scholars have emerged, who are versed in the very latest technological and scholarly techniques. Thus the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University is poised to capitalize on a propitious moment in the international and scholarly world.
Eventual activities will include a regular conference series, visiting scholars, the digitization of the Lockwood Collection, Beethoven research workshops, workshops on performance practice, and a printed or online journal. Looking a little further ahead, plans will start to unfold for the Department’s contributions to the world-wide events that will take place in 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.
Discussions have already begun between the Department and representatives of the Beethoven Archive of the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany to organize collaboration and international teamwork between the Center and the Beethoven Archive. For further information on the establishment of this new Center, please contact Professor Jeremy Yudkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The department congratulates David Kjar, Julia O’Toole, and Ulrike Praeger on their recent conference acceptances:
- David Kjar will present a paper entitled “Voicing and Re-voicing the Other: Wanda, Sting, and the Early Music Movement” at the conference “Envoicing the Other.” This conference will take place at the University of Glasgow in Scotland on November 10, 2012.
- Julia O’Toole will present a paper entitled “Women Composers of Oratorio in the Eighteenth Century” at the 2013 Athena Festival. The festival is devoted to the study and performance of music composer by women, and will be held at Murray State University in Kentucky from February 26-March 1, 2013.
- Ulrike Praeger will present a paper entitled “Resignifying Music in the New Homeland: Extra-musical Characteristics in Expellees’ Heimatlieder” at the XIIth International Congress on Musical Signification. This conference is organized by the Royal Academy of Belgium and the Catholic University of Louvain, and will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve and Brussels in Belgium from April 2-6, 2013.
Professor Patrick Wood-Uribe was honored and nominated as a Distinguished Member at the induction ceremony of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The society is for academically high-achieving students dedicated to excellence in scholarship as well as leadership and service.
Professor Marié Abe‘s radio documentary Squeezebox Stories, created in conjunction with Julie Caine, Loretta Williams, and Robin Wise, has won an Arts and Culture (radio non-daily) Excellence in Journalism award.
Professor Jeremy Yudkin has been selected to serve on the Boston University Council Committee on Faculty Policies, a joint committee of senior administration members and senior faculty, for which members are selected “for their expertise and history of exemplary service to Boston University.” He continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the Boston University Center for the Humanities, which supports humanities-related activities and initiatives across the campus.
The Musicology and Ethnomusicology Department is pleased to welcome its returning students and faculty back for the 2012-2013 academic year. This year, we are fortunate to welcome eight new graduate students to the department.
Eight new graduate students will join the department in the 2012-2013 academic year:
- Rose Bridges (MM Candidate – Historical Musicology) is joining BU from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins University.
- Daniel Carroll (MA Candidate – Historical Musicology) is joining BU from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
- Robert Crowe (PhD Candidate – Historical Musicology) is returning to BU amidst an active performing career as a male soprano/countertenor.
- John Forrestal (MM Candidate – Historical Musicology) is joining BU from the Berklee College of Music.
- Julia O’Toole (PhD Candidate – Historical Musicology) is returning to BU amidst an active performing career as a conductor, joining us most recently from Brandeis University.
- Anne Parlato (MM Candidate – Historical Musicology) is joining BU from Washington and Lee University.
- Daniel Singer (MA Candidate – Ethnomusicology) is joining BU from James Madison University.
- Elizabeth Williamson (MM Candidate – Historical Musicology) is joining BU from the University of Mississippi.
Biographies for these and other students can be found on our Current Students page.
The department congratulates Karl Haas on his recent paper acceptance. Karl will present a paper entitled “From the Global to the Local, and Back Again: Mestizo, Cosmopolitanism, and the Changing Face of the World Music Industry” at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). This conference will take place June 24-28, 2013 in Gijón, Spain.
- Basil Considine has been awarded a Membership and Professional Development Committee Travel Grant from the American Musicological Society. This award supports his paper presentation “The Rise and Fall of Classical Music in Colonial Mauritius, ‘The Little Paris’ of the Indian Ocean” at this year’s Joint Meeting of the American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, and Society for Music Theory. The Joint Meeting will run from November 1-4, 2012 in New Orleans, LA.
- The department congratulates Daniel John Carroll on the publication of his article “The Psychopathology of Richard Wagner” in The Wagnerian.
Basil Considine recently completed a research residency at the Hagley Library in Wilmington, DE. This research was supported by a Hagley Exploratory Research Grant.
The department issues a hearty congratulations to its Summer 2012 graduates, with best wishes for the future:
- Panayotis “Paddy” League, Master of Arts in Music (Subconcentration: Ethnomusicology)
- Megan McCarty, Master of Arts in Music (Subconcentration: Historical Musicology)
- Colleen Ortiz, Master of Arts in Music (Subconcentration: Ethnomusicology)
- Edward Sywulka, Master of Arts in Music (Subconcentration: Ethnomusicology)
The department congratulates Jeannette DiBernardo Jones on her recent paper acceptance for the conference Deaf World/Hearing World: Spaces, Techniques, and Things in Culture and History. Jeannette will present a paper entitled “‘Turn it Up Louder!’: Beethoven’s Nightmare and Music in Deaf Culture” at this conference, which is organized by the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschafsgeschichte, and will take place in Berlin from December 10-11, 2012.
- Doctoral candidate Amanda Daly sang the national anthem at the Nationwide Series NASCAR race on July 14, 2012. This race took place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (New England’s largest entertainment venue) in Loudon, NH, with over 42,000 people in attendance, and was nationally broadcast on ESPN. Her performance can be viewed online.
The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt, edited by Prof. Andrew Shenton, is now available from Cambridge University Press.
The department congratulates doctoral candidate Ulrike Präger on her receipt of a fellowship from the International and Interdisciplinary Summer-Academy of the Herder-Institute Marburg. As part of this fellowship, Ulrike will present a paper entitled “Musik und Migration: Die Relevanz der Musik für die Eingliederung der Deutschen aus den böhmischen Ländern in Westdeutschland im Kontext der Nachkriegszeit,” at the conference Migration and Integration in European Societies of the 19th and 20th Century, to take place from August 19-25, 2012 in Marburg, Germany.
Professor James Winn has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for research on politics and culture in the life and reign of Queen Anne. Prof. Winn is the Director of the BU Center for the Humanities, Professor of English at Boston University, and one of the department’s affiliated faculty.