Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID-19

As you may have predicted, given the news that Covid-19 has reached pandemic status, the Chapter meeting organizers and officers have made the difficult decision to cancel the conference. Inspired by the program and to honor the work that had already been invested in holding the conference, it seemed that a virtual or online conference would offer a solution. But a few days of working with the logistics of moving to online formats for remainder of term, as well as for exams, has proved demanding not only of the instructors and TAs, but also of the tech staff at all our universities. It no longer seems feasible.

We propose to hold the conference at Colgate University next year (2021). Mary Simonson, program chair and co-organizer of the Chapter meeting with Seth Coluzzi, has already written to many of you. To summarize, if you were presenting this year, you will be guaranteed a spot on the program next year. We will send out another CFP and expand the program to two full days to give others an opportunity to present as well. We hope that next year's slightly larger format will make up for this.

I want to extend a thank you to everyone who has devoted time organizing this meeting so far: conference chairs and organizers, Mary Simonson and Seth Coluzzi (noted above), program committee members Ellen Lockhart and Erin Brooks, NYSSL chapter secretary-treasurer Colleen Renihan, AMS secretary Lydia Hamessley, and AMS Council representative Kimberly Francis, and our keynote Christina Baade. We'll just be one step ahead next year!

Kirsten

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Program for 2020 Chapter Meeting

Tentative Conference Schedule

Thursday, April 2
Coffee, tea, and light breakfast snacks will be available beginning at 9:45 am

10:00 am: Welcome

10:15 am: Style, Identity, and Influence in the Early Twentieth Century  
Jewish Difference and Commedic Recovery: Korngold’s Die tote Stadt in the First Austrian Republic
Amanda Hsieh, University of Toronto

Between Scriabin and Schoenberg: Influences and Anxieties of Nikolai Roslavets Reconsidered
Lana Forman, York University

Tin Pan Alley’s Lace Curtains: Irish Diaspora and Italian Opera in the Music of Chauncey Olcott
Sarah Gerk, SUNY-Binghamton

11:45 am: Coffee break

12:00 pm: (Un)Surprising Origins
The Alia musica and the Carolingian Conception of Mode
Matthew Nace, University of Western Ontario

A Glimpse into Music for Sunday School in Nineteenth-Century Switzerland
Dianne McMullen, Union College

1:00 pm: Lunch/Graduate Student Workshop

2:30 pm: Music and Utopian Futurities
Janelle Monáe: Pushing the Boundaries of Inclusivity with the Afrofuturist Aesthetic
Amy Feeney, University of Denver

#MeToo and the Utopian Potential of Popular Music
Nikki Pasqualini, Cornell University

Rewriting History: Music and Empire in the Age of Brexit
Trevor R. Nelson, Eastman School of Music – University of Rochester

4:00 pm: Coffee break

4:15 pm: Keynote: Vera Lynn in Nashville (1977): White Working-Class Femininity and Transatlantic Affinities
Christina Baade, Professor of Communications Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University

5:45 pm: Dinner at Merrill House

7:30 pm: Screening of The Goddess [Shennü] (dir. Wu Yonggang, 1934, 73 min)
With live musical accompaniment by Min Xiao-Fen and Rez Abassi


Friday, April 3
Coffee, tea, and light breakfast snacks will be available beginning at 8:45 am

9 am: Rurality, Place, and Sound
Studying Score Sketches of Music for Wilderness Lake
Sarah Teetsel, University at Buffalo

Wait Just Ah-One, Ah-Two: Rethinking Champagne Music as a Distinct American Style, 1955-1982
Brian Peterson, Yale University

“Wayfaring Stranger” and Dolly Parton’s Compositional Voice
Lydia Hamessley, Hamilton College

10:30 am: Coffee break

10:45 am: Identifying Sexual Assault in Operatic Repertoire: A Workshop
Julie Anne Nord, University of Western Ontario
E. Margaret Cormier, McGill University

12:15 Annual General Meeting (over lunch) (Colleen Renihan and Kirsten Yri)
Announcement of the Graduate Student Paper Prize




Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Chapter Meeting, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Dear AMS-NYSSL Members,
We and our colleagues look forward to welcoming you to Colgate University in Hamilton, NY for our annual meeting of the AMS-NYSSL chapter. The conference will run from Thursday, April 2 at 9 am through Friday, April 3 at lunchtime.

Registration and Membership/Conference Fee:  The AMS-NYSSL chapter no longer collects member dues; rather, we have moved to a “conference fee” model, where we have two rates: Regular (employed faculty, $20) and Other (student, contingent, etc., $10). You can pay this fee in cash upon arrival at the conference.

Travel to Hamilton: Hamilton is in the geographic center of New York State, approximately one hour from Syracuse, two hours from Rochester and Albany, three hours from Buffalo and Kingston, and four and a half hours from Toronto and Montreal. While it is easiest to reach Hamilton by car, the closest airport to campus is Syracuse International Airport, and the closest Amtrak train station is the Utica Station. Ground transportation is necessary, as the airport is about an hour from campus and the train station is about 45 minutes. For information on ground transportation options from either, please contact Mary Simonson at msimonson@colgate.edu.

Accommodations: We have reserved blocks of rooms at the following hotels for Wed, 4/1 and Thurs, 4/2. Please note that availability is limited, so you should reserve as soon as possible, and ideally by Monday, 3/9.
·      The Wendt University Inn: 175 Utica St., about a mile from campus. $109 per night on Wednesday and Thursday nights if you reference the block “Colgate AMS Symposium.” Please call 315-824-4428 for reservations.
·      Holcomb’s B&B: 5 Mill St., about .6 miles from campus. $135 per night on Wednesday and Thursday nights if you reference the block “Colgate AMS Symposium” (you can also mention Angela Kowalski as the contact person for the block). Please call 315-228-2120 or email holcombsbanb@gmail.com to reserve.

Other lodging options include:
·      The Colgate Inn (1 Payne St., .3 miles from campus; can be quite pricey)
·      The Hamilton Inn (4480 E. Lake Rd., 3 miles from campus)
·      There are a limited number of Airbnb options in and around Hamilton
·      Hampton Inn and Suites Cazenovia (a 30 minute drive to campus, but reasonably priced rooms)

Should lodging be an issue, please contact Mary Simonson (msimonson [at] colgate [dot] edu) for recommendations or more affordable options.

Conference Meals and Refreshments: Thanks to the generous support of Colgate University, we are able to offer lunch on Thursday to all conference participants, and are also hoping to be able to offer a conference dinner on Thursday for a very nominal cost. We will also provide coffee, tea, and light snacks on Thursday and Friday mornings, and a coffee break on Thursday afternoon. In order to help us estimate appropriately, please register for the conference using the registration form above.

Conference Location and Parking: The conference will be held at various locations on the Colgate University campus, as will be indicated on the schedule. A map and on-campus parking instructions will be posted shortly.

Keynote: We are delighted to confirm that Christina Baade (McMaster University) will deliver a keynote address entitled “Vera Lynn in Nashville (1977): White Working-Class Femininity and Transatlantic Affinities” on Thursday afternoon.

Concert: On Thursday evening, we are thrilled to offer a screening of the recently reconstructed Chinese silent film The Goddess (dir. Wu Yonggang, 1934, 73 minutes) with live musical accompaniment composed and performed by accomplished pipa performer Min Xiao-Fen and jazz guitarist Rez Abassi.

Graduate Student Prize: A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the best graduate student paper at the conclusion of the conference on Friday by the Graduate Student Paper Prize Committee.

See you all soon in Hamilton!

With best wishes,
Mary Simonson and Seth Coluzzi
Conference Co-Chairs

Sunday, December 22, 2019


2020 Meeting of the NYSSL Chapter of AMS
 
Colgate University, April 2-3, 2020

Deadline for proposals: Saturday, February 1

The 2020 spring meeting of the New York State St. Lawrence chapter of the American Musicological Society will take place on Thursday and Friday 2–3 April at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. We welcome proposals for 20-minutes presentations on all areas of scholarship in music, in addition to panel recommendations and proposals, or other alternative formats.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Professor Christina Baade of McMaster University and a graduate student workshop. This year’s workshop topic will be announced shortly.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to the Program Committee Chair: Mary Simonson, Colgate University, at msimonson [at] colgate [dot] edu. The deadline for proposals is Saturday, February 1, 2020. Review of proposals is blind. In the body of an email, please include your name, title of the paper, affiliation, and contact information, as well as any A/V requirements beyond digital projection with sound (for example: piano, tape/CD player, etc.). Please then attach an abstract in PDF or Word format to your email. Do not include your name in the file name or abstract document.  Note: The submission of an abstract presupposes that the proposer agrees to present the paper should the program committee accept it.

You do not need to be a member of the AMS or the NYSSL chapter to submit a proposal. Should your paper be selected for presentation, you will need to pay the meeting fee ($20 for full-time faculty, $10 for all others) and become a member. 
The fee can be paid in person at the meeting.

Graduate students may request to be considered for the AMS-NYSSL Student Paper Prize. If you wish to be considered, please note this in the text of your email submission. We also hope to offer modest travel stipends to help offset graduate students’ transportation costs.

Information on local hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants will be posted on our website as it becomes available.

Friday, March 22, 2019

2019 Chapter Meeting at Queen's University


Dear AMS-NYSSL Members, 
My colleagues and I are really looking forward to welcoming you to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, for our annual meeting of the AMS-NYSSL chapter. The conference will run from Tuesday April 16 through Wednesday April 17. The schedule is posted below [click on image to enlarge].
  • Location: The conference will be held in Room 329 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Kingston, Ontario (390 King St W, Kingston, ON K7L 2X4). There will be greeters at the main doors to direct you to the conference room.  
  • Travel to Kingston: Kingston is less than 300 km from Montreal, 200 km from Ottawa, and about 250 km from Toronto. Megabus provides comfortable and affordable coach service from these cities. VIA Rail is probably the most comfortable way to travel. 
  • Membership/ Conference fee: The AMS-NYSSL chapter no longer collects member dues; rather, we have moved to a "conference fee" model, where we have two rates: Regular ($20) and Other (student, contingent, etc. $10). You can pay this fee in cash upon arrival at the conference.
  • Accommodations: Nearby B&Bs include the Hotel Belvedere and the Hochelaga Inn. There are also some great Air B&B options in Kingston.
  • Schedule: While there may continue to be minor changes as the schedule is finalized, the meeting is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday 16 April to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday 17 April. See images below.
  • Keynote: We are delighted to confirm that Lydia Hamessley will deliver a keynote address at our meeting entitled "Writing the Book on Dolly Parton."
  • Concert: We invite you to join us at a performance entitled "Seven Deadly Sins" produced by Soundstreams Canada. This concert features a collection of songs that look at these taboos "across a spectrum of classical, jazz, and Judeo-Spanish styles, genres, and cultures." All conference attendees will pay reduced prices ($19/$22/$29 depending on section). Phone Kelly at the box office for tickets at 613-533-2424. Cite the AMS Conference Discount. Tickets are selling out, so please act quickly!
  • Graduate Student Workshop: Mary Simonson is facilitating the Graduate Student Workshop, which Kimberly Francis initiated last year. This year's session will be on Tuesday over lunch, and will focus on cover letter writing for a variety of positions. Students are welcome to bring their lunch, meet other students, and learn about writing killer cover letters!
  • Refreshments: We will provide coffee breaks in the morning and afternoons. Lunch will be on your own, and there is a wonderful cafe in the Tett Centre next to the Isabel (The Juniper Cafe), which serves delicious locally sourced homemade food. We will organize evening dinner downtown for the group between the conference and the concert on Tuesday.
  • Graduate Student Prize: A $200 cash prize will be awarded to the best graduate student paper at the conclusion of the conference on Wednesday by the Graduate Student Paper Prize Committee. 
See you all soon in Kingston!

Warmly,
Colleen Renihan
Conference Chair



Monday, December 3, 2018

2019 Chapter Meeting in Kingston, Ontario, Canada


2019 Meeting of the NYSSL Chapter of AMS
Dan School of Drama & Music, Queen’s University, April 16-17, 2019

Deadline for proposals: Friday, Feb. 1

The 2019 spring meeting of the New York State St. Lawrence chapter of the American Musicological Society will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday 16-17 April at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Information on local hotels, B&Bs and restaurants will be posted on our website as it becomes available.
On Tuesday night, conference attendees are invited to a performance entitled “Seven Deadly Sins” by Soundstreams Canada at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts: an original and entertaining evening of new songs by Canadian composers and singer-songwriters.

We welcome papers on all topics, in addition to panel recommendations, or other alternative formats. We also wish to encourage proposals for a session of lightning talks consisting of five-minute research presentations on any topic.

We will also be hosting a graduate student workshop, as we did last year. This year’s workshop will focus on crafting cover letters for various types of positions (both academic and non-academic).

You are invited to submit abstracts in all areas of scholarship on music to the Program Committee Chair: Colleen Renihan, Queen’s University, at colleen.renihan-at-queensu.ca. The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 1, 2019. In the body of an email, include your name, title of the paper, affiliation, and contact information. Please attach an abstract of no more than 250 words to your email (.pdf or .docx). Do not include your name in the title or in the abstract document.

Accepted papers should be 20 minutes in length. Note: The submission of an abstract presupposes that the proposer agrees to present the paper should the program committee accept it. Review of proposals is blind.

You do not need to be a member of the AMS or the NYSSL chapter to submit a proposal. Should your paper be selected for presentation though, you will need to pay the meeting fee ($10/$20) and become a member. The fee can be paid in person at the meeting.
Graduate students may request to be considered for the annual AMS-NYSSL Student Paper Prize. Graduate students will also be supported in their travel to the meeting—we hope to offset graduate student travel by offering travel stipends that cover a portion of students’ transportation costs to the meeting.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

AMS-NYSSL on Social Media

AMS-NYSSL can now be found on Facebook and Twitter!
We invite you to follow our accounts and invite fellow chapter members to join in.

Stay tuned for updates in the lead-up to AMS/SMT San Antonio!

www.facebook.com/AMSNYSSL
https://twitter.com/AMSNYSSL
@AMSNYSSL