AMS Comes to Pittsburgh

Members of the American Musicological Society have descended on Pittsburgh for the organization’s annual meeting and Department of Music faculty and graduate students are very much involved.

Department faculty played a major role in local arrangements for the conference and will be active as panelists and lecturers as well.  In a session devoted to the topic Beyond Isorhythm, Assistant Professor Emily Zazulia will present a paper titled “What Was Rhythm?” Assistant Professor Anna Nisnevich will participate in a panel addressing a question common to prospective faculty: “Search Committee, What Do You Want from Me?” And, joining a panel with members from institutions as divergent as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the New York Philharmonic, Professor Deane Root will help explore the topic “Beyond the Academy: Musicology in the Real World.”

Two of the Department’s graduate students, Max Hylton Smith and Jonathan Shold will give presentations in a session devoted to Music in the Age of Animanities. Smith will address “Depth Psychology and Genre in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods” while Shold will present a paper titled “Why Listen to Animals? The Human-Animal Limit in Blended New Age Nature Recordings.”

Don’t forget that if you play an orchestra instrument or even just want to listen, you are invited the open readings of large ensemble works by John Cage, hosted on Saturday at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium. This event will afford both members of the public and AMS Conference participants the opportunity to participate in these unique 20th-century works. 

Please join us in wishing all the participants of this influential academic conference all the best as they gather in Pittsburgh and exchange new insights in the field of musicology.

You can read more about the 2013 AMS conference in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.