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Premiere of Fire and Dust

Get your tickets now to the NEO Voice Festival, being held online July 24-25, 2020, to hear the premiere performance of Stephen Vincent Casellas‘s settings of two my poems in his new work “Fire and Dust” for soprano, piano, and fixed electronics. Here is the text:

“Isolation and Old Observance”
Mind your fire at home,
so come May it will burn in the fields.
Watch for the dawn through the window,
as the Bede searched for her in his books.
Make three joyful leaps alone,
to have dancing together this summer.
Apart on the land, feed the hares their crops,
apples in sun on the cross-quarter day.

“Ossuary Garden”
under artfully arranged brambles bodies
each creates cathedrals of ribs where
the grubs may take communion,
where each offers vertebral apartments
for beetles, side by side by side,
or feeds the ever-growing rosebush

beneath, tunneling, building, knocking down
like the sea to sandcastles the once-cat
feeding the ever-growing rosebush

gone-hound enriching the violets and weeds
feeding the ever-growing rosebush

Download The Conservatoire Américain: a History for free

Today the Fontainebleau Associations held a lovely Zoom reunion. It was really nice to see so many people I knew, who I’d met as students or faculty or when I was doing research on and interviews for my history of the Conservatoire Américain. That book, The Conservatoire Américain: a History, was published by Scarecrow Press in 2007 and is now available as a free download from Humanities Commons CORE.

CFP: AMS-Southwest and Texas Music Library Association

The Joint Program Committee for the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter and the Texas Music Library Association is accepting proposals for presentations to be given at our 2020 joint fall chapter meeting. The virtual meeting will take place as several sessions between Thursday, September 24 and Saturday, September 26, 2020.We welcome presentations about topics in musicology, music librarianship and related areas, with inclusion for diverse perspectives. Some proposed themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Research methods during a pandemic—beyond traditional online resources
  • Career challenges—tenure, and promotion, and instruction during a pandemic
  • Student centric programming—career tips, research tips, research support

We are offering a variety in programming formats and seek presenters for the following suggested areas:

  • A session for lightning talks (10 minutes or less)
  • Roundtable sessions
  • Workshops (60–90 minutes)
  • Lecture presentations (20 minutes)
  • Pre-arranged panel

Proposals may be submitted through our online Google form. Please include your presentation title, 250 word abstract, and names/email for all presenters. The application form is available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf74q5RiPeq00UQvsd0jb3s25ZlBlPskM5mZb6CHDr_n_jvxw/viewform?usp=sf_link.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, July 10, 2020. Presenters will be notified of their status by Friday, July 24, 2020. Questions about the application process may be sent to Kendra Preston Leonard at kendraprestonleonard [at] gmail [dot] com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely, Brian Anderson (University of North Texas)
Blaine Brubaker (University of North Texas)
Stacey Jocoy (Texas Tech University)
Kendra Preston Leonard (Silent Film Sound & Music Archive)
Pamela Pagels (Southern Methodist University)
Virginia Whealton (Texas Tech University)

New resources for carillonists!

Tiffany Ng is one of the world’s top carillonists in addition to being an excellent scholar and teacher. She has rung bells old and new, commissioned new music for carillons, and teaches at the University of Michigan, where she’s developing all sorts of new resources for carillonists. She’s a strong advocate for making sure that works by minority composers are performed, and has recently written two guides for helping performers and instructors program more diverse composers. Check out her outstanding (and open access!) “International Bibliography of Carillon Music by Women, Nonbinary, and Transgender Composers” and her (also open access) annotated bibliography of African American carillon music (originally published in the journal GCNA Bulletin).

You can follow Dr. Ng on Twitter at @carillonista and @GoBlueBells and listen to her at her YouTube Channel.

Listen to “Strawberry Man”

Singer Arwen Myers (@sopranoarwen) has graciously made recordings of her recently commissioned songs available, including “Strawberry Man” by composer Lisa Neher (@lisaneher) and myself. Listen here!

If you’d like to perform the piece, you can buy a digital download  (in multiple keys, even!) from Lisa’s site.  I’d love for this to become part of singers’ repertoires.

Rewriting King Lear in a Time of Pandemic

There have been a plethora of articles and posts online about Shakespeare writing King Lear and other plays during an outbreak of plague in London in 1606. These pieces of writing range from the (supposedly) inspirational to the historical, and can be found to suit every outlook–those who think this period should be used to create or learn or better ourselves, those who push back at that notion, those who are just exhausted by it all.

My poem “Rewriting King Lear in a Time of Pandemic” is a response to all of these writings and ideas, and is published today by TEJASCOVIDO, an extraordinary poetry project run by Laurence Musgrove, professor of English at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, who has done a great service to readers and writers seeking to explore and discuss and dramatize and take stock of out different experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read my contribution here.