: To honor
ethnomusicologists who are also composers by awarding a composition prize to a
current member of SEM, or to a deceased former member of SEM (in recognition of
either a particular work or of an entire oeuvre), and to assure a Stevenson
Prize concert program at the SEM Annual Meeting, at which compositions by
current or former SEM members are performed. The concert features one or more
of the prize-winning works, including the winner or co-winners, runners-up, and
: Any SEM member
is eligible to submit either a nomination, or a composition (at most one
submission per prize cycle).
: Up to $1,000,
depending on investment earnings and concert arrangements.
: Awarded biennially.
Will be awarded in 2017.
: A prize
committee will consist of no fewer than three members appointed by the
President in consultation with the Board of Directors. The prize winner in a
given year will be appointed to the committee for the following award year.
Prize money will be divided between a monetary award offered to the winner and
support for the concert. The committee will consider both nominations (of
particular works, or composers), and compositions, according to the process
All submissions for the prize must be made in electronic format. Submissions
are of two types: (a) nominations of ethnomusicologist-composers other than the
submitter (self-nominations are not allowed), and (b) compositions by the
submitter (self-nominations are required). Each SEM member may submit at most
once in each year when the prize is offered (i.e., an SEM member may nominate
one composer, or submit one composition).
Process Details, please click here. For the Submission Form, please click here.
.April 1, 2017.
Send email with submission form, recording, score, and interpretation as
email to Chair, Robert M. Stevenson Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology. If
media files are larger than 2 MB (too large for email), please write a note
explaining how they can be transmitted using an online service such as Dropbox
or Google Drive, or (better) provide links to online versions on YouTube or
another hosting service.
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Recognition of his Stellar Achievements
in both Ethnomusicology and Composition.
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Lechner, Ethan. "Composers
as Ethnographers: Difference in the Imaginations of Colin McPhee, Henry Cowell,
and Lou Harrison." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, 2008.
Wen-Chung, Chou. Locating
East Asia in Western Art Music, ed. By Yayoi Uno Everett and
Frederick Lau, Wesleyan University Press, 2004.
Tenzer, Michael. "Jose Maceda and the Paradoxes of
Modern Composition in Southeast Asia."
Ethnomusicology 47(1). 93-120. 2003.