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May 14 2021

Music Performance Studies Today: “Methods in Music Performance Studies”

Music Performance Studies Today

What is music performance studies and why does it matter? With multiple ideas of what it is and what it does, music performance studies, like other rising academic fields, faces challenges in establishing clear stakes and research objectives. To identify methodologies of the field and to foster cross-disciplinary conversation on the topic of music performance, this panel brings together scholars working diversely in music theory, musicology and ethnomusicology, theater, ethnic studies and critical gender studies.

Panelists and Presentation titles
  • Amy Bauer (UCI), "Lacrimae Rerum: Locating the Body in Baroque Counterpoint"
  • Roshanak Kheshti (UCSD), "Auditioning, Performance and the Performativity of Listening in Zora Neale Hurston's Ethnographic Archive"
  • Alejandro L. Madrid (Cornell University), “Making an Archive and Listening to It. The Performativity of Archiving/Archival Labor”
  • Richard Pettengill (Lake Forest College), "Auslander’s In Concert: A Model for Performance Analysis"
  • Co-Respondents: Mitchell Morris (UCLA), Farrah O'Shea (UCLA)
  • Moderator, Pheaross Graham (UCLA)

This is the fifth event in the Music Performance Studies Today series. Considering musics from a variety of traditions, this symposium aims to bring visibility to the field of music performance studies and generate scholarly momentum in its realm at UCLA.

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Event Co-Sponsors

UCLA Music Library
UCLA Center for Musical Humanities and the Joyce S. and Robert U. Nelson Fund
UCLA Arts Initiative
UCLA Center for Performance Studies
UCLA Department of Musicology
American Society for Theatre Research

This program is made possible by the Joyce S. and Robert U. Nelson Fund. Robert Uriel Nelson was a revered musicologist and music professor at UCLA, who, together with his wife, established a generous endowment for the university to make programs like this possible.

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