Musicology

Hoover Appointed Lecturer at Miami University

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.

Laurie J. Sampsel Wins Vincent H. Duckles Award

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.

Visiting Professor John Rice

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.

Wright's Rivermont Label Garners Grammy Nod

A CD produced by musicology graduate student Bryan Wright has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Album Notes. The notes for Dance-O-Mania: 1919-1923 - Harry Yerkes and the Dawn of the Jazz Age were written by Mark Berresford. Released earlier in 2009 on Wright's Rivermont Records label, the CD is a reissue of historic recordings by pioneering jazz band The Happy Six.

Wright founded Rivermont Records in 2004 as a way of preserving music for the first half of the 20th century. He selects the recordings for each CD, transfers from analog to digital domain, designs the cover art, and edit the notes. Wright also produces new recordings of vintage music.

Congratulations to Bryan Wright and Grammy nominee Mark Beresford for their work on Dance-O-Mania: 1919-1923 - Harry Yerkes and the Dawn of the Jazz Age!

“Listening to Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’”

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