Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Conference Report

The annual NYSSL Chapter meeting of the AMS took place over the April 22-23 weekend at the University of Toronto, in Ontario. Many thanks to University of Toronto’s Caryl Clark and Sherry Lee for skillfully co-chairing the meeting and taking care of local arrangements. The program committee put together a wonderful array of papers to provide stimulation for all members, with one panel ‘Resonances of Riel,’ perfectly timed to speak to the Canadian Opera Company’s ‘new’ premiere of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel a few nights prior. Participants were also treated to a compelling Keynote Address “Schopenhauer’s Musical Ecology” by Holly Watkins (Eastman School of Music), that repositioned Schopenhauer’s ‘will’ as an embodying and ecological organism. With about half the papers presented by graduate students, our Graduate Student Paper Prize adjudication committee (Laura Gray, James Currie, and Holly Watkins—thank you!) had their work cut out for them.  The prize was awarded to Patrick Nickleson (University of Toronto) for his paper “Inside the Theatre of Eternal Music: Collective Composition, Archives, and the Historiography of Drones.” Congratulations Patrick!  Thanks to everyone who presented, attended, and participated. It was a fruitful and memorable chapter meeting!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chapter Meeting at the University of Toronto

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the AMS-NYSSL Chapter meeting at the University of Toronto, April 22-23, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park Crescent, (Museum Subway) Toronto, Canada M5S2C5.

We have planned an exciting program, including faculty and student presenters, and a keynote address by Holly Watkins from the Eastman School of Music. Our thanks to Stephanie Vander Wel, University at Buffalo, for her assistance with the program, available here. Abstracts and presenter bios are available here.

We ask that you make your own hotel arrangements. The closest reasonably-priced hotel is the Holiday Inn Bloor Yorkville, 280 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S1V8.
There are, of course, many other options in the vicinity of the university and the surrounding downtown neighbourhood.

As announced earlier, the conference coincides with the Canadian Opera Company's new, all-Canadian production of Harry Somers' and Mavor Moore's centennial-commissioned opera Louis Riel. The production opens at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on the evening of Thursday April 20, and the second performance takes place on Sunday afternoon April 23. The chapter meeting features a panel on the opera entitled “Resonances of Riel,” and we are also hosting an interdisciplinary symposium “Hearing Riel” at the University of Toronto on Friday April 21. For further information about performances of the opera and the symposium, please see the website of the Canadian Opera Company and the University of Toronto's Canada 150 initiative.

Caryl Clark and Sherry Lee
co-chairs of the AMS-NYSSL Chapter spring 2017 meeting

Friday, December 16, 2016

Call for Papers

2017 Meeting of the NYSSL Chapter of the AMS
April 22 - 23, 2017
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
Deadline for Proposals: Friday 17 February 2017, by 5:00 p.m. EST

The Spring meeting of the New York State St. Lawrence Chapter of the American Musicological Society will take place on Saturday 22 April through Sunday 23 April 2017 at the University of Toronto.

You are invited to submit abstracts in all areas of scholarship on music to the Program Committee Chair, Caryl Clark, at The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday 17 February 2017.

Other Conference Details

The conference coincides with the Canadian Opera Company's new, all-Canadian production of Harry Somers' and Mavor Moore's centennial-commissioned opera Louis Riel, which runs in Toronto from 20 April through 13 May, and with the interdisciplinary symposium "Hearing Riel," which will take place at the University of Toronto on Friday, 21 April. Open to the public, this symposium features a roster of distinguished speakers who will investigate the opera, its fraught historical subject matter, and its political implications for today, in the context Truth and Reconciliation and the Canadian Sesquicentennial. For further information about performances of the opera and the symposium, please see the websites of the Canadian Opera Company and of the University of Toronto's Canada 150 initiative (details are forthcoming).

Local Information will be made available closer to the time of the conference.

Review Process

Review of proposals is blind. In the body of an email, include your name, title of the paper, A/V requirements (sound, piano, projector, etc.), affiliation, and contact information. Please attach an abstract of no more than 250 words to your email (.pdf, .doc or .docx file formats only). Do not include your name in the title or in the abstract document. Presenters will be notified of the results by March 1, 2017. 


Papers should be 20 minutes in length. 


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, however, you will need to join the NYSSL chapter and pay the dues fee of ten dollars (CAD/USD). 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fall Update & Next Chapter Conference

Greetings and Happy Fall to all members of the NYSSL chapter,

As we start to prepare for the November meeting of the American Musicological Society in Vancouver, I thought now would be a good time to invite members comments for the National meeting of the Chapter Societies. Drop me an email if you would like an issue brought forward at this meeting.

We can also confirm that the 2017 NYSSL chapter meeting will be held at the University of Toronto, April 22-23. This coincides with the Canadian Opera Company's production of Louis Riel, which premiers on the 20th, and has a second performance on the 23rd. Sherry Lee and Caryl Clark from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music are also hosting an all-day symposium on the opera April 21. NYSSL members are warmly invited to attend. For tickets to the opera, visit:

Stay tuned for the Call for Papers in early December.

Hope to see you in Vancouver!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Suggested Amendments to the Bylaws

Below are the suggested amendments to the chapter's bylaws. They are intended to streamline the running of the chapter and reduce protracted searches for volunteers. They are posted here for comments and discussion prior to voting. Please add your thoughts as comments to this post. An e-vote will take place June 10, 2016. Please watch your inboxes for this.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Potsdam Conference Program 2016

NYSSL AMS Chapter Meeting , April 30-May 1, 2016
Crane School of Music
State University of New York at Potsdam
Wakefield Recital Room, Bishop Hall

For the complete abstracts, click here

Saturday, April 30

8:30am: Registration, coffee/pastries
Dean’s Conference Room, Bishop Hall, 2nd Floor (next to Wakefield)

9:00-10:00 AM: Rethinking Performance Contexts and Texts
Chair: Kirsten Yri (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Gregory Johnston (University of Toronto), “Heinrich Schütz’s Musical Gift to the Wolfenbüttel Court:  What the Partbooks Tell Us”

Annalise Smith (Cornell University), “Directorial Influence at the Paris Opéra: The Case of Devismes du Valgay” 

10:00-11:00    Negotiating the Past and the Place
Chair: Stephanie Vander Wel (University at Buffalo, State University of New York)

Anne Briggs (Wichita State University), “Fado and Female Azorean Immigrants”

Lydia Hamessley (Hamilton College), “’Shattered Image’: Appalachian White-Trash Femininities in the Songs of Dolly Parton”

11:00   BREAK

11:15-12:15  Keynote Speaker:  Benjamin Piekut (Cornell University), "Not So Much a Program of Music, as the Experience of Music: Distributed Authorship in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company”"

Lunch: 12:15-1:30
Crane Commons

1:30-2:30  Physical/Spiritual
Chair: Colleen Renihan (University of Guelph)

François de Médicis (Université de Montréal), “Human Perception and Transcendence in Maeterlinck and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Act III scene 3)”

Stephen Lett (University of Michigan), “Religious Music in Helen Bonny’s Typology of Music for LSD Psychotherapy”

2:30-3:30  Silenced
Chair: Lydia Hamessley (Hamilton College)

Silvia Lazo (Cornell University), “The Secret Nightingale: when utterance and silence co-exist. Susan Metcalfe-Casals and the Genesis of En Sourdine”

Seth Coluzzi (Brandeis University), “The First Songstress: The Fragmented History of Lucia Quinciani’s Monody of 1611”

3:30   BREAK

3:45-4:30  Annual Business Meeting

5:00-6:30  Dinner: Lehmann Dining Hall

6:30 Pre-Concert Lecture: Dr. Nelly Case, “Fauré’s Requiem”
Analysis and Local History: a summary of the work and its prominence in the history of the Crane School (Wakefield Recital Room)
Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts (LOKO)

7:30 LOKO Festival Concert, Fauré: Requiem, works by Bruckner, Vaughan Williams. Crane Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Duain Wolfe, conductor

Sunday, May 1

9:30am Registration, coffee/pastries

10:00-11:30  Mediating Family Through Music: An Investigation of Musical Domesticity in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Chair: Amanda Lalonde (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Tessa MacLean (McGill University), “’Family Time’ with the Schumanns: Bourgeois Constructions in Liederalbum für die Jugend, Op. 79”

Michael Kinney (McGill University), “’You need only do your duty under all circumstances’: Reconciling Clara Schumann’s Feminine Identity in Victorian Domestic and Public Spheres”

Rachel Avery (McGill University), “Looking Back at the Home: L’Enfant et les Sortilèges as Engagement with Late Nineteenth-Century French Domesticity”

11:30-11:45  BREAK

11:45    Graduate Student Paper Award (announcement)

12:00 CLOSE

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

AMS-NYSSL 2016 Call for Dues

The NYSSL Chapter of the American Musicological Society welcomes all music scholars and graduate students from Ontario, Québec and New York State. You do not have to be a member of the AMS to be a member of the chapter. Membership runs from January 1 to December 31 annually. We encourage members to pay for multiple years to cut down on paperwork. 

As a further means of going green and cutting down on paperwork, dues will be received by e-transfer to our Secretary Treasurer, Colleen Renihan. This applies to both new and renewed membership. Please send an e-transfer addressed to If you have been a member of the chapter and contact information has not changed, there is no need to send in further information (name and payment are sufficient). If you are a new member, please send an e-transfer with the note "New Member" in the body message to Colleen. In a separate email, please state your name, contact information, affiliation, and if you are a regular or student member. 

Dues for the 2016 year are as follows:

        Regular Members - $10 USD or CAD
        Student Members - $5 USD or CAD

Should you wish to renew membership by mail, please send a cheque made payable to the "New York State - St Lawrence Chapter of the American Musicological Society" to Colleen at the following address:

        Dr. Colleen Renihan, Secretary Treasurer NYSSL
        c/o School of Fine Art and Music
        University of Guelph
        50 Stone Rd. E. 
        Guelph ON, N1G 2W1