AMS Southeast Chapter

Dear friends and colleagues,

The Southeast chapter of the American Musicological Society met at Furman University on Saturday, March 18. Many thanks to our gracious hosts at Furman—Laura Kennedy, Patricia Sasser, and Carolyn Carrier-McClimon —as well as dean of the faculty Ken Peterson, who welcomed us to campus. Special thanks to Furman for underwriting our keynote speaker, Prof. Maureen Carr (Pennsylvania State University), who gave a splendid talk on Baroque influences on Stravinsky. We had good papers, and still more good abstracts submitted than we could accept. It is a particular pleasure to thank the others on the program committee—Neil Lerner (Davidson College) and Helena Kopchick Spencer (UNC Wilmington)—for their diligence. Thanks, too, to David Haas (UGA) for crossing chapter lines to join us for our chapter meeting and chair a session. I hope that happens more often.

Speaking of crossing chapter lines, I mentioned in the business meeting that I will be compelled to do just that next year, as I have accepted a job that takes me north of our border (University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA). I am happy to finish out my term during the next year, though, and those present at the business meeting voted in support of this. We will elect another president in at the spring 2018 meeting.

We did elect a new secretary-treasurer—Molly Barnes (recently minted PhD from UNC Chapel Hill)—and expressed our thanks to Helena Spencer for her term of service, including keeping the chapter running smoothly when the presidency became unexpectedly vacant last summer. Helena hasn’t given up on us, though, as she is currently exploring the possibility of hosting the fall chapter meeting at UNC Wilmington. More information will follow. We are aware of at least one weekend to avoid: October 12–13, when UNC Chapel Hill will host the interdisciplinary conference “A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917.” If there are other dates to avoid in scheduling the fall AMS-SE meeting, please be sure to let Helena know ( At the fall meeting, we seek to further our dialogue about inclusion, diversity, and equity. Again, more details to follow, but by all means consider ways in which you can share your experiences with the group.

We also have a new student representative for our chapter: Jennifer Walker (UNC Chapel Hill). Thanks to Harrison Russin (Duke) who rotates off this year, and to Christopher Campo-Bowen (UNC Chapel Hill) who remains; Kristen Turner continues as our chapter representative to the AMS Council.

J. Daniel Jenkins (University of South Carolina) has invited our chapter to schedule our spring 2018 meeting to coincide with a festival at USC celebrating the Leonard Bernstein centenary. This will include three performances of Bernstein’s MASS (March 2, 3, and 4) and a symposium on public music discourse. Music Theory Southeast is planning to meet in Columbia alongside the festival, and Danny thought we might do the same—whether with concurrent sessions, or immediately before or after the USC symposium. We realize that these dates conflict with the 2018 SAM conference in Kansas City; however, the dates for Bernstein’s MASS could not be moved, so USC and Music Theory Southeast are proceeding with their plans for that weekend. At the AMS-SE chapter business meeting, there was general openness to the idea of joining in (particularly given the rare opportunity for chapter meeting attendees to see a live performance of MASS). If you have any thoughts or questions about this, please do communicate with me, Danny, Helena, or Molly (or all of us).

Finally, it is a great pleasure to announce the winner of the student presentation prize: for 2016–17 the award goes to Kirsten Santos Rutschman (Duke) for her superb (and superbly delivered) paper, “Folksong Against the National Grain: Inventing Pan-Scandinavian Identity.” The prize committee was Helena, Kristen Turner, David Levy, Stewart Carter, and me—thanks to all committee members for their thoughtful deliberations. The committee would like to encourage all students whose papers have been accepted for presentation at chapter meetings to continue submitting their work for this prize. While we can only offer one award, we are impressed by the level of students’ current research and would like to applaud all those who presented this academic year, along with their faculty mentors.

Best wishes to all as we recover from end-of-semester grading marathons, defenses, and other events; I hope everyone has a restful and productive summer.

Brooks K.

James Brooks Kuykendall
AMS-SE President