Departmental Events

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Winter 2018 Events

All events at 4:00 in RCMA 1-160 unless otherwise specified.

Jan. 18: 5pm, Regenstein MCR: Departmental Distinguished Speaker Series, Pamela Potter, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "The Ghosts of Denazification in Histories of the Arts"

Feb. 1: Michael Bane, Indiana University, "O Strange Transformation! Act 2 Scene 5 of Lully and Quinault's Armide (1686) and the Retelling of Tasso in France"

Feb. 15: Student presentations, Olivia Cacchione, “'Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”: Gender, Advertising, and Twenty-First Century Commercial Country Music"; Ben Weissman, "Erotics of Intermedia: Dick Higgins’s Bodies Electric: Arches"

March 6: Student presentation, Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, Title TBA

March 15: Ryan Dohoney, Northwestern University, Title TBA

Past Events

Fall 2017 Events

  • Oct. 12: Laura Myers & Elysse Longiotti, Office of Career Advancement "Career Development Resources for Music Graduate Students"
  • Oct. 19: K. Dawn Grapes, Colorado State University, "Death, Love, Scandal, and Redress: John Coprario's Funeral Teares of 1606"
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24: Special Colloquium, joint with Theory. Student presentations: Miriam Piilonen, "Charles Darwin vs. Herbert Spencer: Reinterpreting a Historic Debate about the Evolutionary Origins of Music;" Emily Lane, "Shifting Hues of Blackface: Investigating Racialized Performances in Radio Adaptations of Mass-Mediated Musicals"
  • Oct. 26: Departmental Distinguished Speaker Series, James Hepokoski, Yale University
  • Nov. 2: Student presentations: Kyle Kaplan, "Graham and Cowell at San Quentin;" Amanda Ruppenthal Stein, "Sounding Judentum within 19th century Deutschtum;" Nathan Reeves, "'A Strict Law Bids Us Dance': Kwakwaka'wakw Performance and the Production of Musical Texts at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair"
  • Monday, Nov. 13: Special Colloquium, Carol Silverman, University of Oregon, "'Gypsy' Music on Stage: Economic and Artistic Dilemmas of Balkan Romani Performers"

Fall 2016 Events

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  • September 22, 2016: Philip Thomas, Martin Iddon and Emily Payne, winners of this year's John Cage Research Grant, "Performing at the limits: John Cage’s Solo for Piano." Rehearsal Room, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
  • October 13, 2016: Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, "Cipriano de Rore Reappraised: Lovesickness and Eroticism in Calami sonum ferentes." RCMA 1-168, 4pm
  • October  20, 2016: Jenna Harmon “Silent Songs, Royal Orgies: Listening to the Political Pornography of the French Revolution.” and Kyle Kaplan, “Interracial Sexual Scripts and the Soundtracks of Peter de Rome's Erotic Films.” RCMA 1-168, 4pm
  • October  27, 2016: Suzanne Cusick, New York University. "Rethinking the Musical Nun in Early Modern Italy: The Case of Florence's Santa Verdiana.” Hardin Hall, 5pm.
  • November 10, 2016:  Alan Akers, Northwestern University Library. “Reassembling the Musical Past: Intersections of Musicology, Library Science, and Archival Practice in the Moldenhauer Collection at Northwestern.” RCMA 1-168, 4pm.
  • November 11, 2016: AMS Conference Post-Mortem, Prairie Moon Restaurant & Bar
  • December 1, 2016: John Rice. "Climbing Monte Romanesca: Eighteenth-Century Composers in Search of the Sublime" RCMA 1-168, 4:30pm.

Spring 2016

  • April 14, 2016: Brigid Cohen (NYU): "Mingus and Varèse at Greenwich House”
  • April 21, 2016: Matthew Richardson Dissertation Defense: “Marketing Affect in Japanese Idol Music”
  • May 5, 2016: La Jouive Screening in preparation for Levin colloquium
  • May 12, 2016: David Levin (U Chicago): "What Does (the Jewish) Woman Want? Grand Opera and the Dramaturgy of Occultation”
  • May 19, 2016: Carolyn Abbate (Harvard): "Microphone as Prosthesis and Technological Artifact"
  • May 26, 2016: Melissa Codd-Ayuso Senior Thesis Presentation

Sounding Spaces workshop group picture

Sounding Space Symposium, April 7-8, 2016

“Sounding Spaces: A Workshop on Music, Urban Spaces, Landscape, and Architecture” brought together Bienen School faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars (photo, above) for two days of presentations and discussions on the intersections of sound and space. In celebration of the opening of the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, scholars explored the inherent linkage of music and space to show the mer-its of thinking about them in tandem. Workshop presenters each examined a particular aspect of sound and space, with topics cut-ting across centuries, geographies, and genres. Each presentation was followed by formal responses from Bienen School graduate students and general discussion. 

Bienen School workshop organizers included professor Inna Naroditskaya, associate professor Drew Edward Davies, and assistant professor Ryan Dohoney, all from the musicology program.

  • Tamara Levitz (UCLA): "Decolonizing the American Musicological Socety II: Geographies of White Supremacy."
  • Inna Naroditskaya (Northwestern): "Elizaveta of Russia – SoundSpace of the Imperial ABSOLUTE!" 
  • Matthew Sakakeeny (Tulane): "Inner Voices, Outer Sounds: Louis Armstrong’s Methods for Exteriorizing the Interior."
  • Drew Davies (Northwestern): "Calatrava's Instrument Bridges, or Affinities between Music and Architecture in a Signature Age."
  • Braxton Boren (Princeton), "Space as the Missing Link in Historical Performance Practice." 
  • Timothy Cooley (University of California, Santa Barbara): "Sound, Waves, and Scapes.”

Winter 2016

  • February 4, 2016: Judah Cohen (Indiana University) "Cycles of Liturgical Music Reform: What We Can Learn From Debbie Friedman” 
  • March 3, 2016: Benjamin Piekutt (Cornell University) “Avoiding a Theory of the Vernacular Avant-Garde” 

Fall 2015

  • October 1, 2015: Introductory Colloquium, Graduate Student Papers:
    • Nathan Reeves "Sirens in the Cloister: Disembodied Voices of Power and Protest in Early Modern Naples”
    • Milena Schaller “'Pure Folk Metal': Folk Idiom and Imagery in Heavy Metal Bands Turisas and Eluveitie”
    • Amanda Ruppenthal Stein "Composing a Jewish Symphony: Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 'Jeremiah’”
    • Vanessa Tonelli: “Female Musicians of the Ospedali Grandi”
  • October 8, 2015: Jonathan Bellman "Transcultural Music: Process, Reception, Analysis"
  • October 15, 2015: Grad-student led Workshop on Abstract-Writing
  • October 19, 2015: Jason Rosenholtz-Witt “The Hidden Politics of the Emblem: William Byrd, Elizabeth I, and Cupid”
  • October 22, 2015: Jeremy Smith “Music, Death, and "Uncomfortable Time": William Byrd's "O that most rare breast" and Shakespeare's "Excellent Conceited Tragedy" of Romeo and Juliet”
  • November 15, 2015: Nikos Pappas "Moved by the force of Music: Keyboard Culture in Virginia before 1800" 

Spring 2015

  • April 9, 2015: Rachel Glodo (Northwestern University) "Humanization of the Oriental by Desire in Béla Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin (1926)"
  • April 16, 2015: Conner Vanderbeek (Northwestern University) "The Politics of Gurmat Sangeet: The Narrowing Definition of Orthodox Sikhism"
  • April 23, 2015: Steve Hill (Office of Fellowships, Northwestern University) “Someone Else’s Nickel”
  • April 30, 2015: Gavin Steingo (University of Pittsburgh) "Storage and Transmission in South African Electronic Music."
  • May 7, 2015: Emily Lane (Northwestern University) “Seeing Themselves in the Movies": Diaspora Identity, Popular Music, and Indian-American Wedding Videos”
  • May 14, 2015: Kate Van Orden (Harvard University) “Musica Transalpina: French Music, Musicians, and Identity in Cinquecento Italy”
  • May 21, 2015: Ben Fowler (Northwestern University) "Michael Tippett's The Knot Garden: An American Premiere"
  • May 28, 2015: Jason Rosenholtz-Witt (Northwestern University) "Beyond the Score: Charlotte Moorman and John Cage's 26'1.1499'' for a String Player”