Wednesday, June 30, 2010

“In Beauty We Walk: Changing Women and the New Musical Landscape.”

The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and Northern Arizona University School of Music, in cooperation with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra are pleased to announce the IAWM Congress 2011 to be held September 15-18 in Flagstaff, AZ. The theme of our congress is “In Beauty We Walk: Changing Women and the New Musical Landscape.” The four-day congress will be held on the campus of Northern Arizona University and will feature established and upcoming women composers as well as students, musicologists, music theorists and ethnomusicologists, educators, performers and conductors who will contribute their knowledge and expertise in concerts, workshops, papers and panel discussions.

The title of this conference illuminates the rich history of the region and is meant to represent cultures and histories throughout many nations. The story of Navajo creation figure Changing Woman contains images and metaphors with which many women today can identify. The overarching principle of walking in beauty is easily experienced in one of the most strikingly spectacular landscapes of the United States, including one of the seven natural wonders of the world, The Grand Canyon.

Information about how, when and where to submit papers and compositions will be available by August 1, 2010.

Information about Northern Arizona University School of Music and Flagstaff, AZ can be found at the following sites:

Information about the surrounding area can be found at the following sites:

Travel information is available here:

Some cultural information can be found at the following sites:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

July summer music camps from the School of Music

July 5–8 School of Music: USC String Project Summer Camp. The USC String Project will offer its annual summer camp for students in grades 3–12 who are studying string music. Students will have daily group music instruction culminating with an afternoon concert July 8. The camp is open to all students who have completed one year of instruction. For information, call 803-777-9568 or send an e-mail to

July 12–16 School of Music: Carolina Opera Experience, a day camp for children in grades 5–9, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. The camp will include daily workshops with professional-level opera singers, directors, and designers, exploring the basics of creating characters with and through music, singing, and learning about set lighting and costume design. Ideal for young musicians, singers, and actors. For more information,
contact Ellen Schlaefer at 803-777-0058 or or go to the Opera at USC Web site at

From the USC TIMES.

Monday, June 21, 2010

"Birds Plus Bees Equal Love" Concert

"Birds Plus Bees Equal Love" Concert
Tuesday June 22nd, 2010

Professional early music ensemble, the Columbia Baroque Soloists, celebrates Midsummer’s Eve with a musical fantasy of birds and bees, June 22nd at Columbia's Shandon United Methodist Church. The "Birds Plus Bees Equal Love" Concert combines music of G. F. Handel, Jean-Fury Rebel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Thomas Aren, John Dowland and others with frolicking comedy and mythological drama. There will be a Concert Conversations session at 7pm, and the performance begins at 7:30. A reception with Honey Cake follows the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for Students. For information, call 803-256-8383 x 113.

Columbia Baroque Soloists
Columbia, South Carolina

For information (803) 286-8383
E-mail to: Karen Daves

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Strange musical prints

We've just discovered the fantastic blog over at BibliOdyssey. They've got great images from all sorts of books. One of the most interesting things I found there is this post involving strange prints from this publication:
Athanasius Kircher SJ - 'Musurgia Universalis', 1650.
Online at the University of Strasbourg: Volume One, Volume Two.
"Kircher's best-remembered work is also his second largest. Musurgia Universalis is an exhaustive compendium of musical knowledge at the transition point between sacred renaissance polyphony and secular Baroque music.
You can find more musical items on their site by looking for the tag cloud at the very bottom of their blog, or by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Roberto Plano, SE Piano Festival performer

Post by former Music Library employee, Kyle McCarrell

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ivan Moshchuk, SE Piano Festival performer

Post from Kyle McCarrell, former Music Library employee.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Guess the collection- ANSWERS!

Here's another image in our series, "Guess the Special Collection!"

This is an album cover from a Marshall Tucker Band LP. This band is from the state of South Carolina, so this item is a part of our South Carolina Collection.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dark in the Song

Extreme Music for Bassoon Comes to White Mule :
Dark in the Song Performs at 21 Sounds Series
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
7:30pm - 9:00pm
The White Mule
1540 Main St.
 Columbia, SC

What: 21 Sounds concert series
Who: Dark in the Song contemporary bassoon collective
When: Wednesday, June 16 (7:30-9 p.m.)
Where: The White Mule (1540 Main St., 661-8199)
Why: To present contemporary classical music in a nontraditional venue
How much: $5

A bassoon played through guitar effects pedals? A piece for bassoon and ghetto blaster? Contemporary classical music in a rock club?

The answer to all of the above — absolutely.

Fresh off the successful launch of the 21 Sounds series in April — at which a packed crowd came out to hear locally composed music at a nontraditional venue, The White Mule — the series presents its second installment on Wednesday, June 16.

On the bill: five world-class bassoonists who together make up Dark in the Song. Among them are Michael Harley of Alarm Will Sound, a leading new music ensemble based in New York City; and Rachael Elliott of the indie classical group Clogs.

On the program: exciting works from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang (Press Release, 1991), Dutch "avant-pop" composer Jacob Ter Veldius and an unofficial world premiere from Baltimore-based microtonal composer David Smooke. Also on the program are works by local composers Tayloe Harding (dean of the USC School of Music) and George Fetner (whose Black Lion features guitar effects pedals and was performed to great acclaim at the first 21 Sounds concert in April).

Saturday, June 12, 2010

*FREE* Southeastern Piano festival events

June 14
■ Masterclass with Jacqueline Bei Hua Tang of China, 10 a.m., School of Music Recital Hall. Free and open
to the public
■ Piano Portrait, “Ruins and Eagles’ Feathers,” with John Kenneth Adams, 4:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public. In his new Piano Portrait, created especially for the Southeastern Piano Festival, Adams, a USC emeritus professor of piano and piano literature, contrasts the world of Frédéric Chopin with that of his exact contemporary, Robert Schumann.

June 15
■ Apprenticeship Program, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., in conjunction with the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, featuring Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2, with Matthew Griswold and Ivan Moshchuk, Koger Center. Free and open to the public.

June 16
■ Apprenticeship Program, 10 a.m. and 1:30p.m., in conjunction with the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, featuring Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2, with Matthew Griswold and Ivan Moshchuk, Koger Center. Free and open to the public.
■ Outreach Concert, 4 p.m., Still Hopes Episcopal Home, featuring festival participants. Free.

June 17
■ Marion Stanley Tucker Guest Lecture, featuring Jacqueline Bei Hua Tang, a professor of piano at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, 4:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

June 18
■ Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

June 19
■ Secrets of the Trade: Masterclass with Tian Ying, 10 a.m.– noon, School of Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.
■ Secrets of the Trade: Masterclass with Oxana Yablonskaya, 3–5 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.
■ Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition Winners’ Concert, Closing Ceremony, and Reception, 7 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

More FREE concerts in #ColumbiaSC

The American Guild of Organists: Greater Columbia Chapter is presenting The Pipe Organ Encounter. It's a series of free concerts by organists.

Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 7:00pm
Public Organ Recital – Dr. Patrick Hawkins, organist
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Chapel,
4201 Main Street, Columbia

Tuesday, June 15 - 7:00pm
Public Organ Recital – Mr. Andrew Scanlon
St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly Street, Columbia
Wednesday, June 16 - 7:00pm - Public Organ Recital - Three Alumni of POEs - Patrick Pope, Kevin Neel, Paul Thomas
James F. Byrnes Auditorium,
Winthrop University, Rock Hill

Thursday, June 17 - 7:00pm
Public Concert by Trinity Cathedral Choir,
Dr. Jared Johnson, and Mr. Christopher Jacobson, organists
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Chapel,
4201 Main Street, Columbia

Friday, June 18 - 10:00am
Public Organ Recital - Students’ Recital
Closing Prayers - POE Chorus, Noonday Prayers
Dr. Michael Grant, organist
St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, 5220 Clemson Ave. (Forest Acres) Columbia

For more information, visit

Friday, June 11, 2010

Guess the collection- ANSWERS!

Today's "Guess the Special Collection!" image might be difficult for some of you to identify. The image is actually part of one of our digital collections.

This is part of the Edwin Hughes Digital Collection. For more information on Edwin Hughes and the collection in general, visit the Music Library's Hughes Collection.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

*FREE* Sizzlin' Summer Concert Series

Saturdays, June 12 through August 8, 8 PM - 10 PM.

Finlay Park, downtown Columbia, SC.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the free concert series features local and regional performers:

  • Elliott & the Untouchables (blues): June 12
  • Heart N Soul (variety): June 19
  • Second Nature (beach): June 26
  • Tony Torre Orchestra (big band/variety): July 3
  • Mystik Vibrations (reggae): July 10
  • Old School (classic rock): July 17
  • Tailor Made (r&b): July 24
  • The Latin Project (Latin/Caribbean): July 31
  • Byron Counts & Sounds of the City (jazz): August 7
Karaoke Idol will be held at 7 PM before each concert. Weekly winners will receive cash prizes. No pets allowed. For more info, visit

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Red Strains: Music and Communism outside the Communist Bloc after 1945

13-15 January 2011, The British Academy, London

The deadline for proposals for this conference is Friday 18 June. Proposals may be sent to Robert.Adlington at .

Full details of conference themes, keynote speakers and proposal formats:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June summer camps offered by the School of Music

June 13–19 School of Music: Southeastern Piano Festival (SEPF). The festival provides training for aspiring young pianists and offers a showcase of piano performances with celebrated and new artists. Twenty young pianists will receive daily private lessons with University faculty, participate in master classes with a guest artist, and gain experience performing in a professional concert setting. Each day concludes with an evening performance by a guest artist, faculty members, or festival students.
All events are open to the public and many are free. For tickets to evening concerts, call 803-576-5763. For more information, go to

June 20–25 School of Music: Band Camp. For students in grades 7–12. The camp includes instruction for drum major, marching percussion, symphony band, and symphonic percussion. For more information, call the Band Office at 803-777-4278, or send an e-mail to

June 20–25 School of Music: Carolina Summer Music Conservatory. For students in grades 9–12. School of Music faculty will lead students in an intensive, one-week session that focuses on individual performance and chamber music. Activities include master classes with Carolina faculty and other professional musicians, as well as chamber music coaching and private lessons. Students will rehearse and perform solo works with professional accompanists and will attend music events featuring conservatory faculty members.
Evening concerts featuring faculty are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Clifford
Leaman at 803-576-5893 or

From the USC TIMES.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Applications are now being accepted for the Kevin Freeman travel grant.
The grant, established in 1994 to honor the memory of Kevin Freeman and awarded for the first time in 1997, supports attendance of music librarians new to the field to the Music Library Association's annual meeting. Recipients receive gratis conference registration and a cash award of up to $750 for travel costs (transportation and accommodations at the convention hotel at half of the double occupancy rate*). At least one grant will be awarded to a first-time attendee, if applicable.

Applicants must be members of the Music Library Association and in one of the following groups:
in the first three years of their professional career, 
a graduate student in library school (by the time of the conference,
9-12 February 2011) aspiring to become a music librarian, OR  
a recent graduate (within one year of degree) of a graduate program in librarianship seeking a professional position as a music librarian

Previous applicants who still qualify are welcome to reapply.

Applicants must submit the following in .pdf by October 1, 2010:
A letter of application which includes:
The reasons for attending the MLA Annual Conference and why you are a good candidate for this grant  
A justification of financial need 
A budget for travel costs to attend the MLA Annual Conference  
Information about any other grants, matching funds, institutional support you may also receive to cover costs to attend the MLA Annual Conference  
The number of times you have attended the national MLA meeting 
A current vita  
Two letters of support directly mailed by recommenders (.pdf or email)

Please email application and supporting materials (.pdf) to the Chair of the Freeman Travel Grant Committee:
Michael Colby
Please mark the subject line: Freeman Travel Grant Application.

Grant recipients will be notified by November 1, 2010 and announced at the MLA 2011 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
For questions about the award, please contact the Chair of the Freeman Travel Grant Committee at the above email address.

*Room rates are estimated to be $179 for double occupancy, with state and local taxes at 15.2%

Friday, June 4, 2010

Guess the collection- ANSWERS!

Did you guess correctly?

Today's "Guess the Special Collection" is a super tricky one! This image actually is a part of two different collections:

This is technically a part of our Digital Sheet Music Project, which is a special collection of sheet music from the 1800s through 1923. It is also part of our South Carolina Collection, which encompasses anything relating to the music of our great state!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

25th-annual Conductors Institute to take stage at the Koger Center
For 25 years, the Conductors Institute of South Carolina has been on the “must do” list for young aspiring and experienced conductors alike.
The Conductors Institute will be open daily to the public for observation, beginning June 7 from 9 a.m. to noon (fellows conduct) and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. (associates conduct) at the Koger Center. No sessions will be held June 13.
The Institute for Fellows and Associates will be held from June 6 to 19. Directed by Donald Portnoy, conductor and music director of the USC Symphony Orchestra, the program is for conductors with moderate to advanced conducting skills. Fellows and associates study with Portnoy and guest conductors and composers.
Both fellows and associates are guaranteed podium time every day. Fellows work with the institute ensemble during morning sessions. Associates work with a chamber orchestra in afternoon sessions. On Friday afternoons, both groups work with a full orchestra. The Discovery Program will be held from June 9 to 19.
Directed by Manuel Alvarez, former dean of the School of Music, the program is for conductors with limited conducting experience. Each week, participants will work with a string quartet in afternoon conducting sessions. Participants are also required to observe morning sessions and the late afternoon lecture series.
Other guest conductors and composers are Libby Larsen, composer (string orchestra session, June 7–10); Peter Jaffe, conductor (string orchestra session, June 7–10); Dick Goodwin, composer (chamber orchestra session, June 11–15); Guillermo Scarabino of Argentina, conductor (chamber orchestra session, June 11–15); Samuel Jones, composer/ conductor (orchestra session, June 16–19); and Paul Vermel, conductor (orchestra session, June 16–19).
The Conductors Institute draws participants from the United States and numerous foreign countries. Students
receive tutorials from conductors and composers who have experience in the commercial, academic, and professional worlds of music.
The guest conductors and composers are aware of what it takes to succeed in a tough, competitive field, and they are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. The Conductors Institute has been successful for so many years because it offers daily podium time to every individual in the program. The institute also focuses on the details of conducting and opportunities for conductors to enhance their skills and achieve a greater command of their orchestral forces.
Veteran conductors offer constructive criticism and encouragement. There are no mirrors and no recorded music. Each day, as their peers observe, conductors have the opportunity to conduct professional musicians who know the scores intimately. At the end of each day, conductors receive a video of their performance to study and to assist them in preparing for another day at the podium.

For more information, go to or e-mail Charlene Rackley at
From the USC TIMES.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Free music! (If you're a Reznor fan...)

Today, June 1st, Trent Reznor is treating his fans to some free music.
How to Destroy Angels marks the first music to be released by Reznor, the frontman of iconic industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, since that band gave its final tour in 2009.

How To Destroy Angels' track listing:
"The Space In Between"
"The Believers"
"A Drowning"
Go here for more information.