Mason to Host College Music Society Conference

Posted: March 18, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

The College Music Society (CMS) Mid-Atlantic Chapter will hold its regional conference on Mason’s Fairfax Campus beginning on Friday, March 20, at 9:30 a.m. in the Harris Theater Lobby and concluding on Saturday, March 21, at 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.

The conference will include lecture-recitals and performances, as well as papers and poster sessions related to musicology, theory, technology, ethnomusicology and interdisciplinary studies.

Linda Monson, associate chair of the Music Department and director of keyboard studies, is president-elect of the CMS Mid-Atlantic Chapter and will serve as the program chair and conference host.

“We are very thrilled to have the honor of hosting this conference at Mason,” says Monson.

“These conferences are an excellent way to bring together professionals who can share the fruits of music research with one another, as well as develop and enhance music instruction and celebrate the importance of teaching.”

Several faculty members from Mason’s Music Department will be featured presenters. Thomas Owens, associate professor of music history and literature, will present a paper titled “Concord and Dissonance: The Relationship of Peter Yates and Charles Ives and the Role of Los Angeles in the Reception of Ives’s Music.” Owens is editor of the 2007 book “Selected Correspondence of Charles Ives.”

In addition, Monson will present two lecture-recitals. The first, “Mathematical Approaches to Music Analysis: Schoenberg/Ullmann, Berg/Finney; Variations on a Theme,” will be presented with Rachel Bergman, assistant professor of music theory. The lecture-recital will demonstrate the relevance of mathematical principles to music analysis through an exploration of the musical structure of two theme and variation works.

Monson’s second lecture-recital, “Collaborations Between Composers and Performers: Twenty-First Century Compositions for Trumpet and Piano,” will focus on the importance of students exploring newer works for their instrument rather than learning only the classics.

A discussion titled “Health Promotion in Music Schools: One University’s Model” will be based on the research of David Sternbach, research professor and founder of the Center for Arts and Wellness.

Sternbach will join Jennifer Lapple, Mason doctoral student, and James Gardner, professor and chair of the Music Department, on a panel that will look at the importance of integrating health promotion into music education.

A highlight of the conference will be the CMS Composer’s Concert in Harris Theater on Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m. The concert will feature 10 premiere performances by CMS faculty members throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

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