Doctoral student Matthew Knight awarded Dissertation Travel Grant

Musicology doctoral student Matthew Knight has been awarded amatt knight Dissertation Travel Grant by the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Matthew will travel to the country of Georgia to study the role of  polyphonic singing in the construction of regional and national identity. Congratulations, Matt!


Hear Dr. Chris Macklin’s interview on WOUB Public Media

Music as Medicine During The Black Plague

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Host Jackie Wolf talks with Dr. Christopher Macklin, Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who has been studying the use of music and medicine in the Middle Ages, and more specifically the Black Death. From 1346-1352, the disease killed approximately 1-in-3 adults in Western Europe. Dr. Macklin is interested in how music was employed in response to the Black Death and how plagues and art relate on an emotional and social level.

Dr. Macklin cites a specific composition, “O sancte Sebastiane”, by Guillaume Dufay, as being particularly important for those coping with the Black Plague in the 14th century. This piece, citing the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, is a telling story of the mythology and symbolic historical representation of the Black Plague.

Workshop on Music, Jews and Globalization

Center for Advanced Study Initiative
Dissonance: Music and Globalization since Edison’s Phonograph

Dissonance-smallWorkshop on Music, Jews and Globalization
November 17 and 18
Center for Advanced Study
912 W. Illinois St., Urbana

Since the mid-nineteenth century, transformations in communications and technology have accelerated the pace of encounter and exchange between musical cultures. Participants in this workshop will come together in order to share disciplinary perspectives on the reshaping of musical life brought about by these changes since the late nineteenth century, concentrating on the many-sided involvement of Jews as musicians, musicologists, and entrepreneurs in the modern world. The workshop aims to bring together approaches from multiple disciplines for mutual enrichment and critical reflection; participants will be encouraged to contribute a broadly reflective talk that will lead to discussions of issues of general interest.

Invited  presenters include:
Philip Bohlman (Music, University of Chicago)
Annegret Fauser (Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Lars-Christian Koch (Music, University of Cologne)
Harry Liebersohn (History, University of Illinois)
James Loeffler (History, University of Virginia)
William Kinderman (Musicology)
Bruno Nettl (Musicology, University of Illinois)
Michael Steinberg (History, Brown University)

This workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, including the workshop schedule, see

ISAMS Alumni Lecture: Andrew Granade


Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars
Alumni Lecture Series


Dr. Andrew Granade
Associate Professor of Musicology
Chair of Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology
University of Missouri Kansas City – Conservatory of Music and Dance

Finding a Humanizing Alchemy: Harry Partch and the Illini Student Union Spring Musical Water! Water!

Friday, October 24
5:00 pm
Smith Hall Room 25

UIUC School of Music hosts AMS Midwest Fall 2014 meeting

On September 27th and 28, the UIUC School of Music hosted the AMS Midwest Regional meeting, with Associate Professor Katherine Syer acting as the local organizer. Many of our graduate students presented their research. You can read the abstracts and see the program by clicking the link below:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign