Professor Wins Outstanding Publication Award from Society for Music Theory

The Society for Music Theory Publications awarded CCM Associate Professor of Music Theory Catherine Losada the 2017 Outstanding Publication Award for an article that casts light on the often obscure workings of music by French composer Pierre Boulez. Her article titled “Complex Multiplication, Structure, and Process: Harmony and Form in Boulez’s Structures II was published in Music Theory Spectrum.

“A key to comprehending the musical products of recent times involves confronting the elusive issue of their structure,” Losada said.

Catherine Losada with travel with other CCM faculty members and students to present research at the European Music Analysis Conference in June.

Catherine Losada will travel with other CCM faculty members and students to present research at the European Music Analysis Conference in June.

Her research focuses on Boulez’s music and compositional techniques from 1955 to 1970, specifically addressing his innovative approach to musical structure. The article highlights aspects of structural organization that have been overlooked in Boulez’s music and suggests ways of formally defining aspects of his style.

“There is an urgent need for detailed study of Boulez’s works from the 1950s through the 1960s to draw a more comprehensive picture of the underlying structural features of his musical language,” Losada said. “The complexity of the techniques and purposefully oblique references in his writings have obscured the music’s structural basis and inhibited serious analytical inquiry.”

In her article, Losada uses Boulez’s sketches for his music to show how pitch-class multiplication relates to the larger structures of his works, including Structures II. She also discusses this technique in the context of Boulez’s artistic style and development.

The fall 2017 issue of the Journal of Music Theory will include a second article on Boulez by Losada titled “Between Freedom and Control: Composing Out, Compositional Process and Structure in the Music of Boulez.” The publication will also include an article by CCM Assistant Professor of Music Theory Christopher Segall titled “Alfred Schnittke’s Triadic Practice.”

Losada and Segall will present their research at the European Music Analysis Conference in June. They will travel with CCM Adjunct Professor Matteo Magarotto and three music theory students (William Ayers, Gui-Hwan Lee and Soo Hyun Jeong), who will also present research at the conference. The international conference is a key evet in the field of music analysis and brings together researchers and other eminent academics from around the world.

Follow the Village News to read our upcoming story on CCM faculty and students as they prepare for the European Music Analysis Conference.

Learn more about CCM’s Division of Composition, Musicology and Theory online at ccm.uc.edu/music/cmt.

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A tanguero performance in Buenos Aries. Photo provided by Kristin Wendland.

Tracing Tangueros: Alumna Co-Authors First English Study on Argentine Tango Music

During her first trip to Argentina over the holidays in 2000 Kristin Wendland (MM Composition, 1982) began exploring the complex relationship between dance and music in the Argentine tango. The interest she developed in the subject during that brief trip has blossomed into what can surely be called expertise. Wendland and her co-author, Kacey Link, just completed the first English-language foundational study on the tango, called Tracing Tangueros: Argentine Tango Instrumental Music.

Argentine Tango Ensemble Concert at Schwartz Center. Photo provided by Kristin Wendland.

Argentine Tango Ensemble Concert at Schwartz Center. Photo provided by Kristin Wendland.

After that initial trip to Argentina, Wendland began the research alone and returned to Buenos Aires for seven months in 2005 as a Fulbright Scholar.

“In that time, I absorbed many elements of Argentine culture, especially the music, through attending countless concerts and getting to know tango musicians,” Wendland said.

Those tango musicians are the tangueros mentioned in the title. Anyone with an expertise in tango, especially a tango musician or dancer, is a tanguero, or aficionado. After essentially becoming a tanguero herself, Wendland shared her knowledge in an article published in the College Music Symposium in 2007 titled “The Allure of Tango: Grafting Traditional Performance Practice and Style onto Art-Tangos.”

That same year, Wendland was invited to direct the College Music Society’s Tango Institute, where she met Kacey Link. They began to work together at the conference and eventually developed their ideas on tango into a book proposal. It took more than four years for that proposal to materialize into Tracing Tangueros, which was published by Oxford University Press in March.

Wendland has balanced the role of researcher and author while teaching as a senior lecturer at Emory University in Atlanta, where she coaches the Emory Tango Ensemble and teaches courses in Argentine tango, among other subjects.

Tracing Tangueros covers not only how to perform and interpret tangos authentically but also the genre’s historical development and guidelines to composing or arranging tangos. The book is supplemented by an extensive companion website, which includes musical recordings and videos that demonstrate tango performance practices. It is being sold in hardcover and ebook editions through the Oxford University Press.

“Kacey and I saw a need to write this book, since many musicians outside of Argentina are interested in playing tango music but really don’t know how to interpret it stylistically,” Wendland said.

“We hope it will give practicing musicians and scholars a solid stylistic basis to study, play, arrange and compose the music, while giving a more general reader an understanding of its history. We also hope it will lay the groundwork for future tango studies.”
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Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle

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Scott Lipscomb, incoming Associate Dean for Aacademic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies at CCM.

CCM Welcomes Scott Lipscomb as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies

Scott Lipscomb, incoming Associate Dean for Aacademic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies at CCM.

Scott Lipscomb, incoming Associate Dean for Aacademic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies at CCM.

CCM Dean Peter Landgren has announced the appointment of Scott D. Lipscomb to the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies. Lipscomb’s tenure at CCM will begin on May 31, 2016.

“I look forward to welcoming Dr. Lipscomb to Cincinnati this spring,” said Landgren. “He will be a strong advocate for student learning, an innovator when working with our curricula, a collaborative partner for our faculty members and a key member of our administrative team. Dr. Lipscomb’s interdisciplinary background lends itself perfectly to CCM’s approach to academics. His expertise will also allow CCM to maximize its research potential in collaboration with UC’s other colleges.”

Lipscomb comes to CCM from the University of Minnesota, where he most recently served as Associate Director of the School of Music, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Music. In these roles, he collaborated on the School of Music’s strategic planning process and served as primary author and facilitator for that institution’s 10-year NASM self-study, while also serving as a member of the school’s senior leadership team.

During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Lipscomb also served as Interim Director of the School of Music from 2014-15. He headed the school’s Division of Music Education and Music Therapy from 2006-10 and 2011-13.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota, Lipscomb held faculty and administrative positions at Northwestern University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Southern Methodist University and Webster University in Vienna, Austria.

Lipscomb’s primary areas of research include the integration of technology in the music classroom, the facilitation of music learning through technology and the incorporation of music across the K-12 curriculum, along with interactive instructional media development, sound for multimedia, website design and multimedia cognition.

A frequent presenter at regional, national and international conferences, Lipscomb has also had his research published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He is editor of the Journal of Technology in Music Learning.

Lipscomb is immediate past-President for the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, while serving on the boards of the Society for Music Perception & Cognition and the Technology Institute for Music Educators. He also chairs the Technology Institute for Music Educators’ research committee.

Lipscomb holds a PhD and an MA in Systematic Musicology from UCLA. He received his BM in Jazz Performance with an emphasis on electric and acoustic bass from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Lipscomb will spend the month of June working side-by-side with CCM’s retiring Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies Terrell Finney.

“June will be a time to welcome Dr. Lipscomb to campus, as well as a time to thank Terrell Finney for his years of dedicated service to CCM,” Landgren added.

Lipscomb’s academic home at CCM will be the Division of Electronic Media and he will continue his research activities while fulfilling the duties of Associate Dean.

Please join us in welcoming Scott Lipscomb to the CCM family!

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CCM Celebrates Class of 2014 with Graduation Convocation Ceremony on April 26

Photography by Dottie Stover.

Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM will celebrate the Class of 2014 with a Graduation Convocation Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 in Corbett Auditorium.

Students receiving baccalaureate, masters, doctoral and artist diploma degrees in April 2014 will be recognized at the Convocation. The ceremony will be in full academic regalia, and will feature a faculty and student procession and recognition of this year’s distinguished alumni and service award recipients! Tickets are required for this ceremony.

Line up for CCM’s Graduation Convocation Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Following the University’s 9 a.m. commencement ceremony, CCM will host a cookout in room 300 of the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and graduates, parents and friends are welcome to attend.

Learn more about the University of Cincinnati Commencement by visiting uc.edu/commencement.

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CCM Hosts Ethnomusicology Conference April 12 and 13

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For the first time in nearly two decades, CCM will host the Midwest Chapter Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM). The conference comes to CCM Village on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, with events held in the Baur Room of the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts and in room 3250 of Mary Emery Hall.

More than 100 scholars and students will be traveling from throughout the Midwestern United States to participate in the conference. In addition, students and faculty from a variety of programs at UC (including Musicology, Music Education, Anthropology, Sociology and International Programs and Services), as well as local community members, will be participating in the conference as presenters, volunteers and attendees.

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CCM Professor’s Book, ‘The Symphonic Repertoire – Vol. 1,’ Was a Decade in the Making

CCM Professor of Musicology Mary Sue Morrow.

CCM Professor of Musicology Mary Sue Morrow.

For the last 10 years, CCM professor Mary Sue Morrow has dedicated herself to completing her late mentor’s series of books.

Weighing in at nearly 900 pages, the Symphonic Repertoire – Volume I may be the first of its kind. Other literature on the 18th century symphony just skims the surface of the era.

“We looked at symphonies by many different composers,” says Morrow. “Mozart and Haydn were not the only symphony composers in the 18th century.” The massive volume includes essays by Morrow and her co-editor, Bathia Churgin, and 20 other scholars.

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CCM Presents Fit Factor Workshop In Conjunction With Performing and Visual Arts College Fair Tomorrow

Want to learn which music school is the best “fit” for your college education? Come learn from the experts! CCM presents “The Fit Factor Workshop” held on UC’s campus in room 400 of the Tangeman University Center tomorrow (Oct. 9) from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.

This discussion will feature presentations by several admission representatives, including those from CCM, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University,New England Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory.

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UC Hosts Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Oct. 9

The University of Cincinnati welcomes the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and its Cincinnati Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The fair runs from 7–9 p.m. in the Great Hall at Tangeman University Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

College-bound high school students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in the areas of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, graphic design and other related disciplines are encouraged to attend this informational event.

CCM will also be hosting “Choosing the Right Music School for You – The Fit Factor Workshop,” a special panel discussion, from 5:45–6:30 p.m. in room 400 of the Tangeman University Center. This discussion will feature presentations by several admission representatives, including those from CCM, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, New England Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory. Students and parents attending the NACAC fair are invited to participate in this discussion.

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