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Release: Oct. 27, 2000

UI School of Music will be well represented in worldwide 'mega-conference' in Toronto

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- When the world of musical scholarship gathers in Toronto, Canada, Nov. 1-5, the University of Iowa School of Music will be very much in evidence. Six current and one retired member of the faculty will present scholarly papers at the event, an unprecedented meeting of 15 separate professional music societies.

Called "Toronto 2000," the mega-conference will include the American Musicological Society (AMS), the Society of Music Theory (SMT), the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the College Music Society (CMS) and others. It is expected that it will be largest professional meeting of musical scholars ever held in North America.

Selection of scholarly papers for presentation was by juries of professional peers in each area and was highly competitive.

The UI faculty members and their respective papers are:

-- Gregory Barnett, assistant professor in musicology, presenting a paper for the SMT, "G. M. Bononcini’s Theory in Practice: A Theme and Variations of Modal Exemplification";

-- Michael Buchler, assistant professor in theory, presenting a paper for the SMT, "Determining Similarity among Pitch Sets of Unequal Cardinality: A Contextual Approach";

-- Christine Getz, assistant professor in musicology, presenting a paper for the AMS, "La donna vestita di sole’ (1602) and Feminine Spirituality in post-Tridentine Milan" (research supported by a UI Old Gold Fellowship);

-- Amelia Kaplan, visiting assistant professor in composition, presenting a paper for the SMT, "Meter and Hypermeter as a means of Signification in Wagner’s Parsifal";

-- Roberta Marvin, associate professor in musicology, presenting a paper for the AMS, "‘‘Celestial Bodies’ and ‘An Erring Sister’s Shame’: Victorian Decorum, Censorship, and Verdi’s Operas" (research supported by a UI Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant);.

-- T. M. Scruggs, assistant professor in ethnomusicology, will present a paper in a joint session of the Society for American Music and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, "Come on in North Side, You’re Just in Time: The Negotiation of Ethnically-Segregated Social Space in a South Side Chicago Jazz Club"; and

-- Edward L. Kottick, professor emeritus in musicology, will present a paper for the American Musical Instrument Society, "The ‘Specious Uniformity’ of 18th-Century German Harpsichords."

In addition to her scholarly paper, Marvin is also coordinating three sessions for the AMS Committee on Career-Related Issues and will chair the annual meeting of this committee at the conference. Scruggs will chair a session for the SEM on "Performing the Deep Past."

The abstracts for these and all other papers to be presented at the Toronto meeting are available online at

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