AMS Southeast Chapter

Dear AMS-SE members and friends,

The Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society met at the University of South Carolina on March 2-3, 2018, in conjunction with the spring meeting of Music Theory Southeast and the Public Music Discourse symposium in honor of the Leonard Bernstein centenary. Many thanks to our gracious hosts at USC, J. Daniel Jenkins and Kunio Hara, not only for hosting AMS-SE, but also for doing the tremendous work of coordinating 3 concurrent conferences very successfully! Thanks also to the dean of the USC School of Music, Tayloe Harding, for welcoming us so graciously in Columbia. We also owe many thanks to the USC School of Music for providing refreshments for all attendees.

We enjoyed a slate of very good papers, and I extend my thanks to the other members of the program committee, Benjamin Dobbs (Furman) and Candace Bailey (NC Central), for their help in the difficult task of evaluating abstracts. Our session chairs were Elizabeth Keathley (UNC-Greensboro), Helena Kopchick Spencer (UNC-Wilmington), Tom Koch (NC State), and Kunio Hara. Distinguished music critic, journalist, and scholar Tim Page (University of Southern California) served as keynote speaker for all three conferences, and he gave a stimulating talk that surely appealed to all in attendance, from undergraduates to seasoned scholars. To top it all off, we enjoyed performances of Bernstein's MASS on March 2, 3, and 4, presented by the USC School of Music.

Because this conference happened to coincide with the annual Society for American Music conference in Kansas City, we did not have quite our usual number of attendees at AMS-SE, but this was hardly apparent as we met in conjunction with scholars from across the country who were involved in the other two conferences.

As his term of service will come to an end in July, we will have to say goodbye to our fearless leader, President Brooks Kuykendall (University of Mary Washington), who has served us so well these past two years. During our business meeting we elected Helena Kopchick Spencer (UNC-Wilmington) to serve as AMS-SE President for 2018-2020. Congratulations, Helena! The chapter could not be in more capable hands.

We also elected a new student representative for our chapter (2018-2020): Imani Mosley (Duke). Thanks to Christopher Campo-Bowen (UNC-Chapel Hill) who rotates off this year.

Annegret Fauser has graciously offered to host our fall 2018 meeting at UNC-Chapel Hill. The date for that meeting has yet to be set, so keep an eye out for that announcement, and please alert Helena or me if there are any important dates to avoid.

Finally, it is a great pleasure to announce the winner of the AMS-SE student presentation award: for 2017-18 the award goes to Imani Mosley (Duke) for her wonderful paper "'A Stuttering Primer for Infants': The Press and Public Reception of Benjamin Britten's Gloriana in the Coronation Year." The prize committee was Brooks Kuykendall, Sarah Williams (USC), and Reeves Shulstad (ASU). The committee would like to encourage all students whose papers have been accepted for presentation at chapter meetings to continue submitting their work for this prize. While we can only offer one award, we are impressed by the level of students’ current research and would like to applaud all those who presented this academic year, along with their faculty mentors.

Best wishes,

Molly Barnes, Ph.D.
Secretary-Treasurer, AMS-Southeast