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Spring 2019 Meeting

Spring 2019 Meeting

Date: March 30-31, 2019
Location: Kansas City, MO
Host Institution: University of Missouri at Kansas City
Local Arrangements: Alison DeSimone

Note: Kansas City is in the Central Time Zone. The meeting will take place in Grant Hall Auditorium (follow the signs).


Download the program as a pdf file here.

Download the paper abstracts as a pdf file here.

Saturday, March 30

8:30-12:00 Registration

9:00-10:00am Session 1: American Musics

Session chair: Thomas Kernan (Roosevelt University)

Christy J. Miller (William Jewell College)
Alistair Cooke Hears America Singing

Sarah Amos (University of Missouri, Columbia)
Contemporary Catholic Liturgical Music in the American Mass

10:00-10:30am Coffee and Refreshments

10:30am-12:00pm Session 2: Music and Cultural Politics
Session chair: Keith Clifton (Central Michigan University)

Thornton Miller (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Questioning Martin Cooper’s Doubts on the Post-Stalinist Reappraisal of Benjamin Britten

Marc Rice (Truman State University)
“For Colored Devotees of Terpsichorean Delight”: Kansas City’s Paseo Dance Hall 1924-1931

Laura Pita (Columbia, MO)
The Politics of Concert-Making: Nation-Building and the Formation of the Public Sphere of Music in Early Nineteenth-Century Caracas

12:00-1:45pm Lunch

1:45-2:00pm UMKC Archives Presentation

UMKC archivists introduce the LaBudde Special Collections and the Marr Sound Archives

2:00-3:30pm Session 3: Northern European Renaissance and Baroque Music

Session chair: Nicholas Johnson (Butler University)

Brooke Little (Northwestern University)
Katherine Howard and Musical Involvement: The Ultimate Power Play at Tudor Court Games

Kimberly Hieb (West Texas A&M University)
Singing Sacrifice: Piety and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Salzburg

Kaylee Ann Simmons (Northwestern University)
The Sound of Gesina ter Borch’s Visual Albums

3:30-3:45pm Break

3:45-4:45pm Keynote Address

Session chair: Murray Steib (President, AMS-Midwest Chapter)

Marian Wilson Kimber (University of Iowa)
American Women’s Concerts and the Idea of a Middlebrow Canon

4:45-5:45pm Business Meeting

Sunday, March 31

9:00-11:00am Session 4: Music and Identity

Session chair: Elinor Olin (Northern Illinois University)

Matthew Leone (Indiana University)
Historical Constructs, National “Schools,” and Jan Ladislav Dussek’s Nineteenth-Century Legacy

Andrew Malilay White (University of Chicago)
Teaching by Example: Changing Pedagogies of the Postclassical Thoroughbass

Owen Hansen (University of Kansas)
“I’m Not a Musician, I’m a Professional Dancer”: George Butterworth and the Morris Dance

Martin Nedbal (University of Kansas)
Music History and Ethnicity from Prague to Indiana: Paul Nettl’s Lectures on Mozart 1932 to ca. 1962

11:00-11:15am Break

11:15am-12:45pm Session 5: The Mid-Twentieth Century

Session chair: Matteo Magarotto (University of Missouri, Kansas City)

William Hussey (Roosevelt University)
Shostakovich and Ophelia

Patrick C. Dittamo (Kansas State University)
Hearing Voices: Bernstein’s Incidental Music for The Lark (1955)

Troy Cummings (Kansas City)
Poganyi, Tablet, and Beauchamp: Electroacoustic Composition in Three Twentieth-Century Radio Plays

Local Information

Meeting Location

The meeting will take place in Grant Hall Auditorium (follow the signs). The street address is

5227 Holmes Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110


All metered parking areas on campus are NOT ticketed on the weekends. Therefore, conference attendees should use the South Lot (south of Grant Hall, entrance on East 53rd Street), which will not be ticketed because it’s normally metered/visitor parking.

Additionally many of the side streets just a block or two from Grant Hall allow free street parking; usually if you’re early enough (which we will be) there are plenty of spaces).


Click this link for a list of hotels within 3 miles of Grant Hall and available for under $200/night. Note that depending on which location you choose, you may need to take a taxi or an Uber to campus for the conference events.


Click this link for a list of restaurants, arranged by location; the Plaza will have the densest concentration of restaurants; all are a fairly easy walking distance from campus. Find BBQ places at the end, most of which will require a car or an Uber ride.

Joe Matson,
Mar 26, 2019, 6:28 PM
Joe Matson,
Mar 30, 2019, 8:26 PM