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Public Music Discourse: In Honor of the Bernstein Centenary - Call for Participation

Friday, August 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Public Music Discourse: In Honor of the Bernstein Centenary

March 2–3, 2018
University of South Carolina, Columbia
Call for Participation

Through his Thursday Evening Previews, Young People’s Concerts, Omnibus television programs, and in other venues, Leonard Bernstein demonstrated a voracious appetite for communicating with the public about music and music making. To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the University of South Carolina School of Music will host a conference devoted to the topic of public music discourse, March 2–3, 2018. It is our goal to bring music theorists, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, composers, performers, music journalists, arts administrators, program annotators, and others together to talk about public engagement in musical topics of
all kinds. Conference attendees will also have the rare opportunity to see a fully-staged performance of Leonard Bernstein’s monumental composition, MASS, produced by the USC School of Music’s Opera at USC, USC Symphony, Choirs, and Jazz program.

The program committee invites proposals for paper presentations, posters, and lecture recitals. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. Lecture recitals will be 20–25 of lecture and performance, leaving 5–10 minutes for discussion. Topics that we are particularly interested in include, but are not limited to:
• Topics about Bernstein, particularly as a public intellectual
• Teaching music outside of the academy (retirement homes, prisons, etc.)
• The role of analysis in music copyright lawsuits
• Historical perspectives on public music discourse
• Talking to audiences
• The state of music cognitive research, particular as regards the non-expert listener
• The role of technology in public music discourse (podcasts, videocasts, blogs, etc.)
• Comic representations of music discourse (memes, etc.)
• Program notes
• Music journalism
• Talking to our colleagues in the academy outside of music


Submit an anonymous proposal of no more than 500 words as an email attachment to J. Daniel Jenkins (jenkins.danny@gmail.com). In the body of the email, please include the author’s name,
paper title, institutional affiliation or city of residence, phone number(s), and e-mail address, and indicate whether the proposal is for a paper, poster, or lecture recital. Please put “Public Music
Discourse” in the subject line. Submissions will be acknowledged by email only. Questions? Contact Danny.

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