News & Announcements
§ 2018 Annual Conference in Kansas City - Call For PapersThe 44th Annual Conference will be held in Kansas City (28 February-4 March 2018). The Call for Papers has been issued with a deadline of 1 June 2017. The University of Missouri-Kansas City will be hosting the conference, with William Everett serving as chair of local arrangements. All program-related queries should be submitted to the program chair, Paul Laird.
§ 2018 Society for American Music Honorary Members
The Society for American Music is delighted to announce that Dr. Chen Yi and Dr. Zhou Long will be named the society's newest honorary members at our 2018 Kansas City conference. Chen Yi (violinist-composer) and Zhou Long (composer) were both born in China, have contributed immensely to musical culture in the United States and beyond, and are currently distinguished professors of composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. We honor both for convincingly blending Chinese and Western traditions. successfully transcending cultural and musical boundaries, and achieving honors of the highest order.
§2017 Society for American Music Conference Awards and Subventions
The Society for American Music is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the following awards and subventions. Congratulations!
- Honorary Membership Award to Beverley Diamond in recognition of her pioneering scholarship on indigenous music cultures, Canadian music, gender, and place, and her inspirational work as a teacher and leader in the field of ethnomusicology.
- Lifetime Achievement Award to Randy Weston in recognition of his tremendous contributions as a performer, composer, collaborator, and recording artist, and his inspirational synthesis of musical traditions from the Americas, Africa, and far beyond.
- Distinguished Service Award to Judy Tsou in recognition of her exemplary service to the Society.
- Irving Lowens Book Award: Allison McCracken, Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture (Duke University Press)
- Irving Lowens Article Award: Michael Iyanaga, “Why Saints Love Samba: A Historical Perspective on Black Agency and the Rearticulation of Catholicism in Bahia, Brazil” Black Music Research Journal, Volume 35
- Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award: Darren Mueller, “At the Vanguard of Vinyl: A Cultural History of the Long-Playing Record in Jazz” (Duke University)
Honorable mention: Jesse P. Karlsberg, “Folklore’s Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing” (Emory University)
- Cambridge University Press Award: Colleen Renihan, “Pitching Opera: Defining and Dividing Music Theatre in Canada, 1970-1990”
- Mark Tucker Award: Brian Wright, “Re-Writing the History of Motown: The James Jamerson/Carol Kaye Controversy”
- Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship: Austin Richey, “Musical Expression in the African/Zimbabwean Diaspora” and Christopher J. Wells, “ ‘Feeling Every Note’: Embodiment, Community, and Precarity at Jazz 966”
- Paul Charosh Independent Scholar Fellowship: Heather Buchanan
- Edward T. Cone Fellowship: Jonathan Verbeten, “Gottschalk: An American Pianist in a Eurocentric America”
- John and Roberta Graziano Fellowship: Jennifer C. H. J. Wilson, The Repertoire of Far-Off Lands: French Opera in Antebellum New Orleans
- Hampsong Education Fellowship: Candace Bailey, “Music in Charleston’s Historic Homes”
- Margery Lowens Dissertation Research Fellowship: Hye-Jung Park, Cold War Musical Diplomacy between the United States and South Korea (Ohio State University)and Arathi Govind, Locating Mobility: Rethinking U.S. Popular Music through Indian American Practices (University of California, Berkeley)
- Anne Dhu McLucas Fellowship: Carolyn Chong, “The Role of Pan-Indigenous Festivals in the Arctic: (Re)storying the Past and (Re)building Indigenous-Settler Relations through Intercultural Musical Encounters”
- Judith McCulloh Fellowship: Sarah Tomlinson, "Songs for Schoolrooms: American Classical Music in Alan Lomax’s Folk Music of America Radio Broadcasts,1939-1940”
- Virgil Thomson Fellowship: James Leve, “Sights, Sounds, and Silences: Disability in Musical Theater” and Danielle Ward-Griffin, “Exporting Menotti: Maria Golovin at the Brussels World’s Fair”
- Judith Tick Fellowship: Cesar D. Favila, “The Musical Lives of Novohispanic Women”
- H. Earle Johnson Print Subvention: Nathan Platte, Making Music in Selznick’s Hollywood (Oxford University Press) and Nichole Rustin-Paschal, The Kind of Man I Am: Jazzmasculinity and the World of Charles Mingus (Wesleyan University Press)
- Sight & Sound Subvention: Sarah Eyerly and Mark Sciuchetti, “Mapping the Historic Soundscapes of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania”
§ SAM Board Statement on U.S. Executive Order regarding immigration and travel
The Board of Trustees of the Society for American Music condemns the Trump Administration’s Executive Order (27 January 2017), which suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, disallowed entry indefinitely for Syrian refugees, and denied entry for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.
In pursuit of our mission to support the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas, our Society is committed to principles of inclusion, diversity, respect, open inquiry, and the free exchange of ideas. As members of an international society and constituents of the global scholarly community, we believe it is critical to nurture intellectual and musical exchanges with scholars, students, and musicians from around the world. Restrictions placed on entry, exit, and return to the United States work against our Society’s mission, principles, and goals. We depend on the freedom of travel to conduct research, share ideas, study abroad, and build international collaborations, just as we seek to welcome and learn from visiting scholars, international students, and touring performers. Our intellectual freedom, the scope of our knowledge, the strength of our academic institutions, and our ability to learn from each other across borders are all compromised when these channels are closed.
We join other academic associations, universities, and many members of the American Council of Learned Societies to urge the President and Congress to lift this Executive Order immediately.
§ 2019 Annual Conference in New Orleans
We have recently completed arrangements to hold our society’s 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans (20-25 March 2019). Our conference hosts send these warm greetings: The Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation are thrilled for the opportunity to showcase the musical offerings and heritage of New Orleans as well as the unique efforts of our respective institutions to preserve and disseminate the history and culture of New Orleans music. We’re looking forward to meeting you all as we explore the sounds of New Orleans together. Sincerely - THNOC & NOJHF
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