On August 18, 2019, the New York Times published “The 1619 Project,” a multifaceted and far-reaching initiative to retell the nation's history starting not with the revolutionary events at the end of the eighteenth century but with the year the first African slaves arrived in the British colonies at the beginning of the seventeenth. The authors were all African Americans: Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, writers, artists, poets, professors, and photographers. The Times devoted the entire Sunday magazine to the project, printed related stories in other sections of the paper, and provided a link to free educational resources that are available to teachers interested in bringing the ideas and materials to...
Colloquy: Shadow Culture Narratives: Race, Gender, and American Music Historiography
NAOMI ANDRÉ is Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and the Residential College at the University of Michigan. Her book Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (University of Illinois Press, 2018) won the Lowens Book Award of the Society for American Music. She is the inaugural Scholar in Residence at Seattle Opera and a founding member of the Black Opera Research Network (BORN).
DENISE VON GLAHN is Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology at Florida State University. Her books include The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape (Northeastern University Press, 2003), the coauthored volume Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices (Bloomington, 2007), Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World (Indiana University Press, 2013), and Libby Larsen (University of Illinois Press, 2017). She is currently completing a study of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Early Music Composition Awards.
GWYNNE KUHNER BROWN is Professor of Musicology and Music Theory at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music and the edited volume Blackness in Opera (University of Illinois Press, 2012). She is currently writing a biography of William Levi Dawson for the University of Illinois Press's American Composers series.
MARVA GRIFFIN CARTER is Associate Professor of Music History at Georgia State University. She is the author of Swing Along: The Musical Life of Will Marion Cook (Oxford University Press, 2008). She served for a decade as the organist of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and examines its musical traditions in a forthcoming book for the University of Illinois Press. In 2020 she received the Society for American Music's Lifetime Achievement Award.
TAMMY L. KERNODLE is Professor of Musicology at Miami University, Ohio, where she teaches in the area of African American music (popular and classical). She is currently working on a monograph that historicizes the role of black women in shaping the relationship between music and the black liberation movement. Her biography of Mary Lou Williams, Soul on Soul (Northeastern University Press, 2004), has been reissued by the University of Illinois Press in 2020.
HORACE J. MAXILE JR. is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Baylor University. His research interests include the concert music of African American composers, musical semiotics, and early/traditional gospel music. Current projects include a coauthored teacher's guide to navigating issues of race and gender in the music history classroom, and a coedited, annotated volume of an early twentieth-century hymnal featuring contributions by gospel music progenitor Charles A. Tindley.
AYANA SMITH is Associate Professor in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her research areas include Baroque opera and African American music. She has recently published Dreaming with Open Eyes: Opera, Aesthetics, and Perception in Arcadian Rome (University of California Press, 2019), and is currently writing a book on the subject of race and representation in Baroque opera. Her multi-year project to diversify the music history curriculum is supported by an IU Racial Justice Research Fund Grant.
KRISTEN M. TURNER is a Lecturer at North Carolina State University. Her research centers on race and class in American middlebrow musical culture at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. She is currently coauthoring a teacher's guide on race and gender in the music history curriculum. Her work has appeared in several journals and collected volumes, most recently in The Cambridge Companion to Gershwin (2019) and Carmen Abroad: Bizet's Opera on the Global Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
JOSEPHINE R. B. WRIGHT is Professor of Music and the Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies at the College of Wooster. A former board member of the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society, she is coauthor of African-American Traditions in Song, Sermon, Tale, and Dance, 1600s–1920 (Greenwood Press, 1990) and Images: Iconography of Music in African-American Culture, 1770s–1920s (Routledge, 2019). She is a recipient of the SAM's Lifetime Achievement Award and an Honorary Member of the AMS.
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Naomi André and Denise Von Glahn (Convenors), Gwynne Kuhner Brown, Marva Griffin Carter, Tammy L. Kernodle, Horace J. Maxile, Ayana Smith, Kristen M. Turner, Josephine R. B. Wright; Colloquy: Shadow Culture Narratives: Race, Gender, and American Music Historiography. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 December 2020; 73 (3): 711–784. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2020.73.3.711
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