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Music Theory Department News, Fall 2011


The Carrigan Lecture Series begins this year with a presentation on the 17th of November by Rebecca Leydon, Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Oberlin Conservatory.  Professor Leydon will be speaking on "Timbral Trajectories and the Modern Musical Sublime."  Her research explores expressive effects of timbre and of timbral transformation as crucial semantic features of contemporary instrumental music.

The Theory Department will be amply represented in the program for the 2001 meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Minneapolis this October.  In sessions on Thursday the 27th, Ramon Satyendra, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will serve as Chair for the "Liszt and Kurtåg" paper session.  Walter Everett, Professor of Music in Music Theory, will be speaking as a panelist for the session, "Reaching Beyond the Field," sponsored by the Professional Development Committee, and will serve as Chair for the meeting of the Society's Publications Committee.  Also that evening, Patricia HallProfessor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music Theory, will Chair the session, "The Current State of Feminist Scholarship in Music Theory," sponsored by the Committee for the Status of Women.  Marion Guck, Professor of Music in Music Theory, will speak as a member of that same panel.  On Friday the 28th, Professor Guck will Chair the Music and Philosophy session, "Voice: Medium or Mediation."  On Saturday the 29th, Kevin Korsyn, Professor of Music in Music Theory, will Chair the paper session, "Composers in Dialogue."  Also that day, Andrew Mead, Professor of Music in Music Theory, will deliver a remembrance at the session, "A Tribute to Milton Babbitt," and Joyce Yip, Lecturer in Music Theory, will present her paper, "Tonal Ambiguity in Selected Mazurkas of Chopin."

Alan Gosman, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, presented the lecture, "Page Folds in the 'Eroica' Sketchbook," at the New Beethoven Research International Conference.  The meeting was held at the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San Jose State University, in November.

The work of Kevin Korsyn, Professor of Music in Music Theory, is the subject of a symposium in the book, Approaches to Music Research, ed. Nico Schüler and Leon Stefanija.  This symposium, which responds to Korsyn's essay, "The Aging of the New Musicology" and situates his thoughts in the realm of German and Austrian Musiktheorie, originally took place as a conference at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.  The three writers are Marie-Agnes Dittrich, Christian Bielefeldt, and Kordula Knaus.  Professor Korsyn also serves as a founding member of the Editorial Board of Moebius, a new journal devoted to the electronic, interactive arts, and as a member of the Council of the American Musicological Society and of several of the Society's committees, including one that was charged with rewriting the object statement of the Society.

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October 2014

Anisha Nandi, from The Michigan Daily, sat down with professor Michael Gould to talk about his "Remember Me" show. The video can be seen on the Michigan Daily website.   10/01/2014

July 2014

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.   07/18/2014

Professor Patricia Hall will be presenting her paper, "Alban Berg's 'Guilt' by Association to the Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union conference at the Colburn School in Los Angeles this August.   07/12/2014

April 2014

Prof. Ed Sarath Receives U-M's "Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award" 04/21/2014

Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant 04/04/2014

Professor Mukherji to Speak in London this July 04/04/2014

Áine Heneghan, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, will present her research on Schoenberg's Formenlehre at the following conferences, all in 2014: Music Theory Midwest (Appleton, WI), the Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Toronto, Canada), EuroMAC (Leuven, Belgium), and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Milwaukee).   04/01/2014

March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

A Multimedia Installation on Climate Change 03/28/2014

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will read his paper, "Some Multimovement Designs in C. P. E. Bach's Late Keyboard Sonatas" at the Seventh EuroMac conference, which will gather scholars from all music theory societies in Europe in Leuven, Belgium, from 17 to 21 September, 2014.  An adaptation of the paper will be presented to the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee in the Fall of 2014.   03/26/2014

Walter Everett, Professor of Music Theory, announces the publication of Los Beatles como músicos: De Revolver de la Antología (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2013), the Spanish translation of his The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   03/21/2014

Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday 03/19/2014

Prof. Korsyn presents keynote in The Hague, serves in scholarly appointments 03/14/2014

December 2013

In January 2014 Professor Wayne Petty will read the paper, "Wilhelm Fischer and the Fortspinnung-type Sonata Exposition," at the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallin and Pärnu, Estonia.  The conference theme is "Musical Form: Mapping the Territories."   12/17/2013

AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published 12/13/2013

November 2013

Gosman Presents Beethoven Research 11/16/2013

Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014 11/16/2013

Everett Launches Beatles Observances 11/16/2013

Interarts professor Holly Hughes presents The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) in a webcast performance at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Mon., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Her newest performance work, the piece offers a poetic and comic meditation on midlife crises in the key of canine.   11/01/2013

September 2013

SMTD Welcomes New Faculty 09/27/2013

Ramon Satyendra, associate professor of music theory, has published his essay, "Morphisms of Generalized Interval Systems and PR-Groups" (co-authored with Thomas Fiore and Thomas Noll), in Journal of Mathematics and Music 7/1.   09/20/2013

Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book 09/06/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

June 2013

SMTD Mourns Professor Emeritus Erling Bengtsson 06/10/2013

Holly Hughes, professor of interarts performance in the Department of Theatre & Drama, was profiled in Hyperallergic, an online magazine about art and culture, which included a Q&A with Hughes about her role as one of the "NEA Four."   06/06/2013

Music theory professor Walter Everett's role as an expert on the music of the Beatles was the subject of an article in      06/06/2013

Hall presents in Copenhagen 06/03/2013

May 2013

Robert Hurst, associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation, was featured in a Q&A article in on the occasion of the release of his new CD, BOB: a palindrome.   05/01/2013

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