Thursday, March 19, 2020


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!


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

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 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