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Florence Price in the New Yorker
Alex Ross, "The Rediscovery of Florence Price," 5 Feb. 2018 issue. Price's First and Third Symphonies appear in the AMS series Music of the United States of America

José Antonio Bowen Receives NAC&U Honor
José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College and AMS member, is recipient of the most recent New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) Ernest L. Boyer Award. The award honors those who have made significant contributions to American higher education.

John Nadas receives Nino Pirrotta Prize 2017
Musicologist John Nadas was awarded the Premio "Nino Pirrotta" for 2017 from the Centro di studi sull'ars nova italiana del Trecento in Certaldo on 17 December.

James Owens Receives Newberry Library-AMS Fellowship
James Owen, PhD Candidate in History at the University of Georgia, has received the Newberry Library-American Musicological Society Fellowship for his project "Singing the Holy Ghost: Hymn-singing and Hymn Interpretation at Moravian Missions, 1740-1840"

Richard Taruskin receives Kyoto Prize
AMS Honorary Member Richard Taruskin has been named the Kyoto Prize Laureate (Arts and Philosophy) for 2017.

ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowship in Music Studies.
On 15 June AMS members Susan McCLary and Robert Walser created a major fellowship endowment in music studies through the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies.

New journal: Music & Science
SAGE Publishing has announced a partnership with the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) to launch a new open access journal, Music & Science, providing a platform for engaged debate and insight into music research from a wide range of scientific perspectives.

AMS Fellowships 2017-18
The three AHJ AMS 50 Fellows for 2017-18 are Jacek Blaszkiewicz (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester), Peter Graff (Case Western Reserve University), and Frederick Reece (Harvard University).

The two Howard Mayer Brown Fellows for 2017-18 are Nadia Chana (University of Chicago) and Lester Hu (University of Chicago)


AMS members receve Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Two AMS members are among the recipients of Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships 2017-18:

John A. Romey (Music, Case Western Reserve University), "Popular Song, Opera Parody, and the Construction of Parisian Spectacle, 1648-1713"

Natasha M. Roule (Music, Harvard University), "Reviving Lully: Opera and the Negotiation of Absolutism in the French Provinces, 1685-1750"


Luisa Nardini receives ACLS Fellowship
AMS member Luisa Nardini received a 2017-18 ACLS Fellowship for her research project "Liturgical Hypertexts: Prosulas for the Proper of the Mass in Beneventan Manuscripts"

Jesse Rodin receives ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
AMS member Jesse Rodin has received an ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship for the project "Giving Form to Fifteenth-Century Music." He will hold the fellowship at Villa I Tatti in 2017-2018.

Sarah Eyerly Receives ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship
AMS member Sarah J. Eyerly, together with Religious Studies scholar Rachel M. Wheeler, received an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for the project "Songs of the Spirit: The Collaborative Hymnody of the Mohican Moravian Missions."

Christina Kobb: New York recital utilizing 19th c. piano technique
Christina Kobb specializes in historical pianos and performance practice. Her recital at Carnegie Hall is scheduled for the evening of 24 February.

University of Texas at Austin receives $5m endowment for the creation, study, and performance of American Music
"A newly established $5 million endowment will advance the study of music produced by Americans--from roots to jazz to film music to the concert hall--at The University of Texas at Austin. The gift significantly enhances the Butler School of Music’s capacity to be a fulcrum of research, study and practice of American music past, present and future..."

MacNeil, Stimeling, Titus, and Wallmark receive NEH grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities approved four projects by AMS members in its November 2016 round: Anne MacNeil, "Italian Songs from the Time of Christopher Columbus: A Critical Edition"; Joan Titus, "Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema, 1936–1953"; Zachary Wallmark, "Timbre and Musical Meaning"; and Travis Stimeling, "Country Music and Record Production in Nashville, 1955–1973".

Katelijne Schiltz Book Honored by SCSC
AMS member Katelijne Schiltz's book Music and Riddle Culture in the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2015; supported by an AMS subvention) has received the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference's 2016 Bainton Prize (best book, art/music history).

Susan Youens Honored by the Society for Musicology in Ireland
Susan Youens, Honorary member of the AMS, was recently awarded Society for Musicology in Ireland's Harrison Medal for her outstanding contribution to Schubert studies in particular and Lieder studies in general. The presentation of the award followed by Professor Youens’s lecture “Reentering Mozart's Hell: Schubert and 'Gruppe aus den Tartarus’” will take place on Wednesday evening in the Organ Room of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland, on 23 November 2016 at 6pm.

Slate: Bonnie Gordon on Don Giovanni and Donald Trump
AMS member Bonnie Gordon writes on "What Don Giovanni, an opera about a charismatic rapist, can teach us about Don Trump"

NYT: Billy Joel Conference report
AMS member Ryan Bañagale organized a Billy Joel conference last weekend that received a writeup in the New York TImes.

AMS members recognized by the British Academy
The British Academy has recognized AMS members Margaret Bent (Corresponding Member, Past President) and Leofranc Holford-Strevens in its 2016 annual awards.

Leofranc Holford-Strevens has been awarded the President’s Medal for services to the humanities and social sciences.

Margaret Bent has been awarded the Derek Allen Prize for Musicology for her contribution to the field of musicology, in particular English, French and Italian music from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries.


Emiliano Ricciardi Receives NEH Grant for Tasso in Music Project
AMS member Emiliano Ricciardi (UMass Amherst) has been awarded a 3-year, $260,000 Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his "Tasso in Music Project." Realized in collaboration with Stanford University's Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities and an international team of scholars, the project is a digital critical edition of the extant early modern musical settings (ca. 650) of Torquato Tasso's poetry. The majority of these settings are currently unavailable in modern edition and will be brought to the attention of the scholarly and performance community for the first time by the project. The editions will be available for consultation and download in a variety of electronic formats, accompanied by a dynamic critical apparatus and digital analytical tools. FMI: write Emiliano Ricciardi.

Baylor's Black Gospel Music Restoration Project featured in National Museum of African American History opening
"When the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opens Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C., an exhibit featuring African-American musical history will include materials from a Baylor University search-and-rescue mission to save recordings from the “Golden Age” of American black gospel music...."

NYT: Mark Clague interviewed on Star-Spangled Banner
Jennifer Schuessler interviews AMS member and founding board chairman of the Star Spangled Music Foundation regarding the national anthem: "Is the National Anthem Racist? Beyond the Debate Over Colin Kaepernick"

Junction: Interview with Will Cheng re his new book "Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good"
AMS member Will Cheng is interviewed.

NYT: Richard Taruskin reviews Julian Barnes's "The Noise of Time"
AMS member Richard Taruskin reviews this novel about Dmitri Shostakovich: "a beautifully written botch..."

Jason Geary appointed Director of University of Maryland School of Music
AMS member Jason Geary has been appointed director of the University of Maryland School of Music. Geary joins UMD after a twelve-year career at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he served as associate professor and associate dean for graduate studies, equity and inclusion. Geary has focused his research on the music of nineteenth-century Germany and its role in European cultural and intellectual history.

NABMSA awards Temperley Prize
The North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA) is pleased to announce that Christy J. Miller (University of Kansas) is the winner of the Nicholas Temperley Prize for the most outstanding student paper at its seventh biennial conference in Syracuse (August 4-6, 2016). Miller presented a paper entitled "'If They Can Do It, I Guess That We Can, Too': Folk and 'Folk-Styled' Music as Propaganda in The Martins and the Coys." More information

National Humanities Center names Blake Wilson 2016-17 Fellow
AMS member Blake Wilson (Dickinson College) is among thirty-seven fellows named in this round of awards. His project: "Dominion of the Ear: Memory, Performance, and Oral Poetry in Early Modern Italy."

AMS Signs Letter Supporting Academic Freedom and Higher Education in Turkey
Together with many academic societies, the American Musicological Society Board of Directors has affirmed the Middle East Studies Association's Statement "Threats to Academic Freedom and Higher Education in Turkey" (21 July 2016). The AMS "notes with profound concern the apparent moves to dismantle much of the structure of Turkish higher education through purges, restrictions, and assertions of central control,,."

Ellen T. Harris Elected to American Philosophical Society
AMS President Ellen T. Harris was elected to the American Philosophical Society in April 2016.

New Yorker: When Music is Violence
This article by Alex Ross cites the work of AMS member Suzanne Cusick, Lily Hirsch, and Jonathan Pieslak.

Katherine Hambridge: RMA Jerome Roche Prize recipient, 2016
The Royal Musical Association's 2016 Jerome Roche Prize (awarded annually for a distinguished article by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career)has been awarded to AMS member Katherine Hambridge for her article "Staging Singing in the Theater of War (Berlin, 1805)," Journal of the American Musicological Society, 68/1 (2015), 39–97.

Rachel Vandegriff: Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow 2016
Congratulations to AMS member Rachel Sinsheimer Vandagriff, recipient of this two-year appointment: The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent humanities PhDs in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector.

Mark Katz: RMA Dent Medal recipient, 2016
Congratulations to AMS member Mark Katz! The citation reads in part: "In this increasing era of research impact, Prof. Katz is a model for true knowledge exchange and the power of research to create social and political change." Katz is also a member of the AMS Board of Directors.

NYT: Michael Marissen and Lauren Belfer on their complementary work
AMS member Michael Marissen was interviewed about his latest book, Bach & God; and his wife Lauren Belfer was interviewed about her latest fiction book And After the Fire, which takes up related themes.

Time: Simon Morrison on campaign playlists
"What the Candidates’ Rally Music Says About Them": AMS member Simon Morrison comments on the musicological significance of the playlists of presidential candidates

Daily Telegraph: "How to Invest like George Frideric Handel"
AMS President Ellen T. Harris did the research that lies behind this story in the "Money" section of the Daily Telegraph.

Northwestern University Libraries, John Cage Research Grant for 2016-17 Announced
Northwestern University Libraries is pleased to announce the recipient of the John Cage Research Grant for 2016-17. This annual competitive grant, established in 2013, promotes the study of John Cage’s music, art, ideas and life through the use of the Music Library’s John Cage Collection. Over the coming year, the grant will support one project.

Dr. Philip Thomas (Huddersfield), with Dr. Martin Iddon and Dr. Emily Payne: “John Cage and the Concert for Piano and Orchestra”

Grant funds will be used to support travel, local accommodations and other costs associated with use of the collection. 

Thanks are due to committee members Dr. Drew Edward Davies (BSOM), Scott Krafft, and D.J. Hoek.

Click here for more information on the John Cage Research Grant.


AMS members receive Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
AMS members Sara Ballance and Samuel Parler are among the 66 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows this year.

Sara Ballance (University of California, Santa Barbara), Learning to Listen: Musical Hearing and the Construction of Musicality in the Nineteenth Century

Samuel Parler (Harvard University), Musical Racialism and Racial Nationalism in Commercial Country Music, 1915-1953


Alex Ross in The New Yorker, on the Led Zeppelin copyright infringement case
"Legal cases involving claims of musical plagiarism often lead to strange eruptions of musicological discourse in the halls of justice..."

NYT: Asking Whether Copland’s Abstruse Works are the Exception or the Rule
AMS member Will Robin writes about the San Francisco Symphony's recent performances of Copland.

AMS members receive ACLS fellowships
Congratulations to the AMS members among the ACLS 2016 Fellows announced today:

Andrea F. Bohlman (Assistant Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Fragile Sound, Quiet History: Music and Unofficial Media in Communist Poland

Rebecca Maloy (Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Colorado, Boulder) Sung in Honor of Sacrifice: Text, Melody, and Exegesis in the Iberian Offertory

Carol J. Oja (Professor of Music and American Studies, Harvard University) Black Virtuosos and Civil Rights: Racial Desegregation of the Concert Hall and Opera Stage after World War II

Jann C. Pasler (Professor of Music, University of California, San Diego) Sounding the French Empire: Colonial Ethnographies of Music and New Media, 1860-1960


European early music research led by AMS member Karl Kügle awarded 1.2 million euros
A consortium of music scholars from the University of Cambridge, the University of Heidelberg, Charles University Prague, the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and Utrecht University under leadership of Prof. Karl Kügle (Musicology) has been awarded a prestigious HERA subsidy in the amount of 1.2 million euro for their project ‘Sound Memories: The Musical Past in Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Europe’ (SoundMe)...."

AMS members receive NEH grants
AMS members Jeffrey Levenberg, Julie Hubbert, Matthew Butterfield, Amy Wlodarski, Joan Titus, and Michael Gallope are recipients of National Endowment for the Humanities grants:

Levenberg: "Italian Composer Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613): Insights from Giovanni d'Avella's Regole di musica"
Hubbert: "Music in New Hollywood Film"
Butterfield: "The Swing Phenomenon: A History of Meaning"
Wlodarski: "The Postwar Humanism of American Composer George Rochberg (1918-2005)"
Titus: "Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) and Music for Stalinist Cinema"
Gallope: "Musical Notation and the Mid-Century Avant-Garde"


SAM Awards 2016
The Society for American Music announced a number of awards at its Annual Meeting last week, including many given to AMS members:

Dale Cockrell: Lifetime Achievement
Thomas Riis: Distinguished Service
Thomas Brothers: Lowens Book Award
Douglas Shadle: Lowens Article Award
Christopher J. Wells: Housewright Dissertation Award
Kate Galloway: Cambridge University Press [international scholar conference paper] Award
Samuel Parler, Tucker [student conference paper] Award
Lauron Kehrer: Block Fellowship
Felicia Miyakawa: Charosh Independent Scholar Fellowship
Kristen Turner: Graziano Fellowship
Candace Bailey: Tick Fellowship
Don M. Randel, Matthew Shaftel and Susan Forscher Weiss: Johnson Print Subvention
Michael Heller: Johnson Print Subvention
Kendra Preston Leonard: Sight & Sound Subvention


NYT: Mark Clague on Gershwin's American in Paris taxi horns
Michael Cooper writes: "It is one of the most famous pieces of American music — but for 70 years orchestras may have been playing one of its best-known effects wrong..." AMS member Mark Clague's work on Gershwin's American in Paris suggests so.

Kevin Karnes receives ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship
AMS member Kevin Karnes, with philosopher Andrew J. Mitchell, has received an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for the project "Wagner and the Subject of Redemption: Politics, Erotics, and Religion in the Music Dramas." See the abstract (bottom of the page).

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