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The Pacific-Southwest Chapter
The American Musicological Society

The Chapter represents members from central and southern California,
southern Nevada, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands.


Upcoming Events

Chapter Meetings

  • The joint meeting of the Pacific-Southwest and Northern California Chapters of the American Musicological Society will be held on Saturday all day and Sunday morning, April 29 and 30, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Proposals are invited for papers or other scholarly presentations (like lecture-recitals) on any subject of musicological interest. Papers or presentations should require no more than 30 minutes for full delivery, plus 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion. For further details, please see the chapter websites.

    This meeting will also feature the competition for the Ingolf Dahl Memorial Award in Musicology, which is given annually to the best student paper presented at the conference. Students must be currently enrolled in institutions within the boundaries of our two chapters. Details concerning the Dahl Competition may be found on the chapter websites. All students are strongly encouraged to work with faculty mentors to ensure that their papers are ready for professional presentation. Dahl Competition abstracts will be assessed separately by a committee chaired by last year’s winner, Alison Maggart, and will be evaluated according to the following criteria: organization and writing, innovation and contribution to the field, methodology, and potential for publication and future research. Three finalists will be chosen, all of whom will present their papers in the Sunday morning session of the meeting. An evaluation committee selected from those present at the meeting will then decide which paper receives the award.

    Those wishing to make a presentation at the joint meeting should submit an abstract of not more than 350 words by Saturday, March 25, along with the proposed title, author's name and institutional affiliation, and a list of the equipment necessary for the presentation. All abstracts should be sent by email to the Pacific-Southwest Chapter Secretary, Kristi Brown-Montesano (kbrown@colburnschool.edu). Students entering the Dahl Competition should specify in the cover email their intention to participate.

Other Meetings

  • Eureka! Musical Minds of California
    2017 Graduate Student Conference
    Fullerton, CA February 25, 2017
  • Purpose: Eureka! conference aims to create an unprecedented environment to showcase the diverse work created in Californian graduate music institutions. Concentrating on breaking down interdisciplinary and institutional boundaries between musicologists, theorists, ethnomusicologists, music educators, composers, sound artists, and performers, Eureka! forges lasting connections between graduate scholars within the state.

    The 2017 Eureka! conference will be presented in collaboration with the 16th Annual California State University, Fullerton New Music Festival on February 25, 2017: ...to the ends of the earth" sounds from Iceland to Australia and Beyond, directed by Dr. Pamela Madsen. The conference is a continuation of the unprecedented environment established in 2015 that showcased the diverse work created in Californian graduate music institutions.

    Directed by Elisse La Barre (UCSC) and Leslie La Barre (CGU), the Eureka! conference aims to create an unprecedented environment to showcase the diverse work created in Californian graduate music institutions, and forge lasting connections between graduate scholars within the state. We look forward to presenting music created at the edge of the Pacific.

    The conference will conclude with a performance by the Eureka! 2017 Ensemble-in- Residence, Aperture Duo.

    Requirements: Presenters and composers must be currently enrolled at the time of the conference in any Californian graduate music program and all are required to be in attendance.

Membership Renewals

  • Chapter dues are good for one academic year, reckoned as August 1–July 31, and are set at $15 for regular members, $10 for retirees, and $5 for students. Chapter dues are vital to supporting our chapter meetings and to underwriting the Ingolf Dahl Award, and render you eligible to vote in chapter elections. Please go to our Membership page to get started.
  • Site updated March 25, 2017.


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