The American Musicological Society and the Music Division of the Library of Congress are pleased to present a series of lectures highlighting musicological research conducted in the division’s collections.
Pete Nowlen, artistic adviser for Music in the Mountains, is featured in this half-hour River Music documentary, which premiered on KVIE. It documents the Music in the Mountains 2013–14 Young Composers Program. With funding from the Getty and Volgenau Foundations, the 24 teenage student composers studied a science curriculum with the Sierra Streams Institute focusing on the Yuba River and the restoration of its salmon run. The student composers then wrote music with this inspiration.
Assistant Professor Katherine In-Young Lee received a 2014–15 Hellman Fund Fellowship at UC Davis.
The Hellman Family Foundation contributed funds to establish the UC Davis Hellman Fellows Program to provide support and encouragement for the research of promising assistant professors who exhibit potential for great distinction in their research.
Assistant Professor Katherine In-Young Lee was awarded a Davis Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship Award for 2014–2015. Her project title is “Dynamic Korea, Dynamic Samulnori: An Ethnography of a Transnational Percussion Genre.”
The purpose of the fellowship is to further the research or creative work of faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences and allow them to meet and work with colleagues in other disciplines and departments. The fellowship will provide recipients with a single quarter research leave in spring 2015.
Professor Carol Hess was one of this year’s NEH Summer Stipend recipients. Her project is titled “Aaron Copland, Cultural Diplomacy, and Latin America.” In late March, NEH announced $18.2 million in awards and offers for 208 humanities projects.
“Earth, Water, Science, and Song,” a Science and Society course, is described in a California Aggie article on March 13. The class connects the arts with the sciences, teaching students environmental science while they also learn how to write music and create songs. Ethnomusicology graduate student Sarah Messbauer was the Teaching Assistant for SAS 42 during Winter Quarter 2014.
The Music Library Association’s 2014 Richard S. Hill Award was awarded to Christopher Reynolds for his article, “Documenting the Zenith of Women Song Composers: A Database of Songs Published in the United States and the British Commonwealth, ca. 1890–1930,” published in Notes (June, 2013). The award is given “for the best article on music librarianship or best article of a music-bibliographic nature.”
Given to “composition students of great promise,” William David Cooper is among six composers that will receive a $7,500 Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters. The awards were announced as part of the 2014 awards for sixteen composers.
Chris Froh and two UC Davis percussion students recently travelled to the Stanford University School of Medicine for a special lecture-demonstration on Thierry de Mey’s percussion trio, Table Music. The setting was a clinical anatomy seminar (“Anatomy in Society”) taught by Professor Bruce Fogel (Stanford).
Jessie Ann Owens, dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis, announced that she is stepping down on June 30, 2014, at the end of her eighth year of service as dean. She is the longest-serving dean in the nearly 20-year history of the division, which is part of the College of Letters and Science. A musicologist and professor of music, she will join the faculty following a year of research leave.
Kurt Rohde has received a Copland House Residency Award. Rohde is among eight American composers and five from Great Britain to receive the 2013 award. Among the American winners are Nicholas Omiccioli, a participant in UC Davis’s “Migration and Music” festival in 2013, as well as Christopher Theofanidis, whose piano quintet is to be performed by the Empyrean Ensemble as part of the Festival of New American Music (FeNAM) at Sacramento State University and on the Empyrean Ensemble’s November 22 concert at the Mondav
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has given D. Kern Holoman an award in excellence in “Historical Recorded Sound Research in Classical Music” for his book Charles Munch (Oxford University Press, 2012). The book features an online appendix,Charles Munch—The Recorded Legacy, which examines the expansive discography that the conductor was responsible for.