Bryan Wright, a doctoral candidate in musicology, recently returned from spending a week-and-a-half in Kansas and Missouri as the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation's 2013 Artist in Residence. Every year, the Scott Joplin Foundation invites a performer to Sedalia, Missouri (where Scott Joplin lived for several years and where he composed and published his Maple Leaf Rag). Each day for a week, Wright traveled to area schools (K-12) to teach the students about ragtime and to perform examples.
How do you teach students with little or no formal musical training how to hear and understand the subtleties of music from the 14th and 15th centuries? That was just one question musicologist Emily Zazulia, a specialist in early music and one of three new assistant professors in the Department of Music, had to grapple with as she taught a new course titled Renaissance Music: Reason, Ritual, and Representation.
Rachel Mundy is one of three new Assistant Professors this year in the Department of Music. As a musicologist, she adds to the interdisciplinary richness of the Department with expertise in an area of research that is so new it was up to her to give it a name: animanities.
Though he retired in 2009, Don Franklin (Professor of Music, Emeritus) continues to keep up a busy schedule of research and publication. This April, Franklin presented a paper in a Mozart Colloquium held at the Harvard University Music Library. He was one of 12 participants representing current areas of research in Mozart studies.
His paper, "Time, Proportion and Dramatic Action in the Act I Finale of Don Giovanni," was dedicated to the memory of renowned Mozart scholar Wendy Allanbrook.
This year’s graduation marked the end of a particularly fruitful year for the Department of Music graduating class, current students, and alumni.
2012 Graduates and Current Students
Congratulations are in oder for Elizabeth Hoover (PhD 2012, musicology), who has been appointed a Lecturer in Musicology at Miami University in Ohio. Dr. Judith Delzell, Chair of the Department of Music at Miami University, expressed particular pleasure in appointing Hoover, who earned her BA from MU with a concentration in literature and theory. Delzell writes that,
“In 2002 I offered Elizabeth an oboe scholarship to come to Miami as an undergraduate; in 2012 I offered her a faculty job!”
Read the complete article from Miami University.
Congratulations are due to Elizabeth Hoover on the publication of her article “Variations V: “Escaping Stagnation” Through Movement of Signification” in the latest issue of Current Musicology. Hoover initially developed the article as paper that she presented at Harvard’s Movement conference in February of 2011. In her abstract to the article Hover writes,
Doctoral candidate in musicology Elizabeth Hoover presented a paper titled "Variations V: “Escaping Stagnation” Through Movement of Signification" at Movement, a conference presented by the Graduate forum and the Department of Music at Harvard University.
Laurie J. Sampsel (PhD 2010) has been awarded the Music Library Association’s Vincent H. Duckles Award for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music. The honor comes in response to Sampsel’s Music Research: A Handbook (Oxford University Press, 2009), a monograph that draws on her extensive experience as an Associate Professor and Head of the Music Library at University of Colorado, Boulder. The MLA’s encomium for Music Research: A Handbook sums up both what Sampsel’s book has to offer and why her contribution is so significant.
When I recently met with Visiting Professor of Music John A. Rice in his office he was laboring over digitizing old microforms. The scanning process was not working quite how he expected, with only parts of the document showing up in the digital files. Rice was frustrated by the setback, but undaunted. And why should he be? Rescuing important information from obscurity is a big part of what he does as a musicologist, whether the goal is to strengthen the content of his graduate seminar or bring the work of an unjustly neglected 18th century composer back into the repertoire.