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AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published


The Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett--SMTD associate professor of musicology--has just been published by Oxford University Press. The eight-volume work is the largest, most comprehensive reference publication on American music. Twenty-five years ago, the first edition of the dictionary, with four volumes, initiated a great expansion in American music scholarship. This second edition reflects the growth in scholarship the first edition began. It provides greatly expanded coverage, particularly in the areas of popular music, cities and regions, musical theatre, opera, concert music, and music technology, as well as the musical traditions of many ethnic and cultural groups.

The articles of the dictionary, known by many as AmeriGrove II, range from basic definitions of dance styles and musical terms to mid-length biographies of important performers, composers and music patrons, to longer examinations of larger subjects such as the history of jazz, musical instruments, music education in the United States, and the American history of the orchestra.

Garrett and his team of editors had two priorities for the commissioning of new articles. First, to document the significant musical activity over the last three decades-from the spread of hip hop to the spread of El Sistema USA, from the sharing of MP3s  to laptop performance. The second goal was to reflect the wide-ranging scholarly activity that was fostered by the first edition. While all subject areas have received close attention, coverage of certain subject areas has seen extensive growth, including choral music, cities and regions, film music, nineteenth-century music, music and dance, music education, music librarians and libraries, musical theatre opera, popular music, sacred music, and music technology. 

AmeriGrove II has been in development for more than six years. Utilizing the talents of U-M faculty, alumni and students, along with scholars of American music from around the world, the dictionary's articles are supplemented by more than 400 images and 140 musical examples and other materials. An abbreviations list, list of contributors, and tips on the use of the dictionary make navigation easy. With well-researched, informative articles by 1,500 authors, including most of the top scholars in the field, The Grove Dictionary of American Music will be accessible to scholars, academic specialists, and the general public.

"AmeriGrove II sends a very visible sign to everyone that U-M remains central to scholarship on American music," said Charles Garrett. "Michigan has a long tradition of studying American music. I think the dictionary will stand as a symbol of U-M's strong commitment to treating American music seriously." 

Thanks to the large number of Michigan scholars involved in the work, who have been communicating with outside experts for the last six years, a permanent U-M connection has been forged with the dictionary. "The whole process of building the dictionary could have quite profound effects on recruiting students and further raising the reputation of the school," said Garrett.

"For the next three or four decades, the core knowledge in the field of American music will have been defined by researchers here at U-M, along with scholars from all over the world, so AmeriGrove II reflects a wide collaborative embrace," said Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology and SMTD director of research who acted as the dictionary's project editor for design and development. "It not only validates the tradition of American music scholarship at the university, but puts our department at the forefront of American music research and the way in which the field is defined and imagined, especially the inclusive values it embraces."

For more information about SMTD's involvement in the creation of AmeriGrove II, and the School's groundbreaking history of American music scholarship, visit the spring 2012 issue of Michigan Muse



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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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