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Clare Carrasco successfully defended her musicology dissertation (major professor, Margaret Notley) in April and will be a visiting assistant professor at Butler University in Indianapolis this coming year. Her dissertation examines German-language discourse about musical expressionism in the years after the First World War (c. 1918-1925) and situates the reception of select chamber works within that discourse. Most of her research to date, as presented in papers and pre-concert lectures, has concerned topics related to early twentieth-century chamber works and the music and legacy of Arnold Schoenberg.

PhD student in musicology Jessica Stearns will be presenting her paper "Opera, Architecture, and Place: The Regional Experience of the Santa Fe Opera Festival" at the "Locations and Dislocations: An Ecomusicological Conversation" conference to be held in Princeton, NJ., on April 8-10, 2016

Robert Anderson, doctoral student in musicology, was supported by a Toulouse Travel Grant to present a paper entitled, "The Listener as Genius: 'Musical Instinct' in Chabanon’s Observations sur la musique (1779)," on February 27 at the 2016 Columbia Music Scholarship Conference held at Columbia University in New York City.

Kimary Fick (recent PhD in Music History and mentee of Hendrik Schulze) presented a paper entitled “‘...They Decorate their Heads with Many Beautiful Things’: Herzogin Anna Amalia’s Aesthetics and the Ideal Musical Kennerin” at the Southwest Chapter Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held at Texas State University at San Marcos on October 10, 2015. At the same meeting, J. Cole Ritchie (recent PhD in Music History and Mentee of Margaret Notley) presented on “Recent Jazz Arrangements of Western Art Music as Foreignized Translations”.

Andrea Recek, Dr. Brand’s advisee, received both the International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council and a travel grant from the American Musicological Society.

Kimary Fick, an advisee of Dr. Schulze, successfully defended her dissertation in late September and will give a talk at the national AMS conference in November. 

Megan Varvir Coe, an advisee of Dr. Mondelli, presented her research at conferences in Atlanta, Boston, and Maynooth. She plans to defend her dissertation in the spring.

At the spring meeting of the AMS-Southwest Chapter, held at UNT on April 11, Robert Michael Anderson gave a talk, “Lateness and the Death of the Poetic Idea: Beethoven’s Funeral March in Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen,” as winner of the Hewitt-Öberdörffer Award.

Paper Presentation

PhD student in musicology, Jessica Stearns, will be presenting her paper "Analyzing Christian Wolff's Alternatively Notated Scores" in the Improvisation Interest Group session at the Society for Music Theory meeting to be held November 3-6 in Vancouver.

Paper Presentation

Emily Hagen, a PhD candidate in Music History, presented a paper on the interpretation of emotions in Venetian opera at the conference Opera: The Art of Emotion in Melbourne, Australia. This conference was held on Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016 and was cosponsored by the Musicological Society of Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions.


Wednesday, April 27, 5pm
Recital Hall 
(Music Building)

Guest Lecture and Retirement Tribute to Dr. Gene Cho

Mark Spicer, guest speaker

The Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology Division pays tribute to Professor Gene Cho upon his retirement after 42 years of teaching at the University of North Texas College of Music.

Mark Spicer is Professor of Music Theory at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He specializes in the reception history and analysis of popular music, especially British pop and rock since the 1960s, and his writings have appeared in a number of scholarly journals and essay collections. His book Sounding Out Pop, co-edited with John Covach, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2010, and he has since edited the volume onRock Music for the Library of Essays on Popular Music series from Ashgate. Most recently, he completed a three-year term (2013–15) as Associate Editor of Music Theory Spectrum. Among his current and ongoing research projects, he is working on a book that will explore how certain pop and rock musicians since the early 1970s have confronted their anxiety of influence towards the Beatles, provisionally titled In the Beatles’ Wake.

Prof. Spicer served for ten years (2005–15) as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Hunter College, and was the 2015 recipient of Hunter’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, he maintains an active parallel career as a professional keyboardist and vocalist, having worked with several groups in the US and the UK since the 1980s. In the early 1990s, he was a founding member of the critically acclaimed group Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks, and can be heard on their first two CDs, On the Blank Generation (1991) and World of Fireworks (1994). He continues to take the stage most weekends with his own “electric R&B” group, the Bernadettes, and with the Christ Church Choir in New Haven. 

April 11, 2015: UNT Hosted AMS-SW Meeting

Saturday, September 24, 2016
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