AMS 2019 | Boston

Photo of the Westin Waterfront Hotel

Faculty, graduate students and alumni from the Case Western Reserve University Department of Music will participate and present at the American Musicological Society (AMS) conference in Boston Oct 31-Nov 3. The AMS venue, the Westin Waterfront Hotel, is located in the Seaport District.

Sessions presented/chaired by faculty, students or alumni of the Department of Music

Thursday afternoon sessions (2:15-3:45 p.m.)

Controlling Women (Harbor I)

Kelli Minelli (CWRU) | “‘Women Like Her Cannot Be Contained’: Viewership and Musical Rupture in Beyoncé’s Lemonade (2016)”
Abstracts Pg. 54

Drama and Education on the Radio (Commonwealth C)

Peter Graff (Denison University) | “Themes, Backgrounds, and Bridges: A New Musical Language for Radio Drama”
Abstracts Pg. 57

Lyric Theatre in Paris before 1900 (Commonwealth C)

John Romey (Purdue University Fort Wayne) | “‘The Pieces that are in the hands of everyone belong to the public’: Philippe-Emmanuel de Coulanges, Song Networks, and Operatic Artifacts in Early Modern Paris”
Abstracts Pg. 75

Friday morning sessions (9:00-10:30 a.m.)

Masses Ordinary and Unexpected (Grand Ballroom E)

Alanna Ropchock Tierno (Shenandoah Conservatory) | “Anything but Ordinary: Polytextuality in Early Lutheran Masses”
Abstracts Pg. 124

Friday afternoon sessions (4:00-5:30 p.m.)

Gender in Jazz and Hip Hop (harbor II)

James Aldridge (CWRU) | “Risk Rhetoric in Jazz Discourse: Gendering Improvisational Unknowns”
Abstracts Pg. 196

Traveling the Continent (Stone)

Devin Burke (University of Louisville), Chair
Abstracts Pg. 207

Friday evening session (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Musicology and Expansion (Grand Ballroom C)

Sponsored by the Graduate Education Committee
James Q. Davies (University of California, Berkeley), Francesca Brittan (CWRU), Co-chairs
Abstracts Pg. 212

Friday evening reception (10:00 p.m.-midnight)

Case Western Reserve University (Stone) 

Saturday morning sessions (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Brahmsian Echoes (Harbor II)

Daniel Boomhower | “Encoding Ideology: Contextualizing Walter Blume’s ‘Brahms in der Meininger Tradition’”
Abstracts Pg. 256

Saturday afternoon sessions (2:15-3:45 p.m.)

Music and Urban Planning in London and Paris (Harbor III)

Francesca Brittan (CWRU), Chair
Abstracts Pg. 285

Saturday evening performances (8:00 p.m.)

Thomas Morley and Songs for the Shakespearean Stage (Otis)

Ross W. Duffin (CWRU), Charles Weaver, lute Jason McStoots, tenor, Shannon Canavin, soprano, Teresa Wakim, soprano
Abstracts Pg. 339

Sunday morning sessions (9:00-10:30 a.m.)

Gender and Voice in Early Music (Stone)

David Rothenberg (CWRU), Chair
Abstracts Pg. 348

Guitar Cultures (Commonwealth C)

Brian Wright (University of North Texas) | “Play Guitar with the Ventures!: How Amateurs Reshaped Rock ’n’ Roll”
Abstracts Pg. 353

Sunday morning sessions (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Staging Race (Harbor I)

Paul Abdullah | “Rossini’s Otello in Restoration Paris: Shakespeare, Cosmopolitanism, and Race”
Abstracts Pg. 378

The AMS Boston Program Committee has compiled an exciting slate of activities:

  • Ninety-five sessions of three papers
  • Eight Formal Sessions of three papers
  • AMS President’s Plenary: Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University)
  • AMS Committee on Women and Gender Endowed Lecture: Tammy Kernodle (Miami University of Ohio)
  • Special guest speakers
  • Two seminars
  • Six evening panels
  • Six alternative-format sessions
  • Fifteen Study Groups
  • Committee/professional development sessions

Read more about the program here.

The American Musicological Society’s purpose is to advance scholarship in the various fields of music through research, learning, and teaching. To do this, it publishes a Journal and a blog, holds an Annual Meeting, supports books in musicology, and offers a broad array of grants, fellowships, and awards throughout the year. For more information, visit: