The State of the Society


Acknowledging Others

Kudos to Victor Fung, our Symposium editor for Scholarship nd Research, for his vision and perseverance in bringing together some of the leading ethnomusicologists in North American to give their attention to music in higher education: Bruno Nettl, Ruth Stone, Michael Bakan, Ted Solis, Gabe Solis (not related), Ben Koen, Andrea Emberly. They represent several generations of fieldworkers and a spectrum of issues, theories, and cultural specializations. I’m grateful for the continuing efforts of a strong editorial board chaired by David G. Woods, and departmental editors Matt Shaftel, Matt Shevitz, Peter Webster, David Thurmaier, Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Susan M. Filler, Chris Rutkowski, and Steven Kreinberg.

Todd Sullivan’s continuing work for CMS Book & Monographs, and in the steady progress of possibilities for “CMS Press”, is noteworthy and much appreciated.  I’m grateful to Michael J. Budds, too, for his long work as editor of CMS Sourcebooks in American Music and Monographs and Bibliographies in American Music.

My sincere thanks to 20 CMS members who have gone forward in genuine ambassadorial spirit and style to craft “Music Nation Files”.  As one who is internationally active in professional work in ethnomusicology and education, I see the great value of these short pieces that offer first-hand information on music and musicians of places to which we may be traveling. The files include concrete recommendations for music listening, viewing, and reading, and references to practicing musicians and educators in tertiary level institutions with whom we may hope to exchange.  More to come, I sincerely hope, and hats off to Bill Everett in particular for his help with this project.

The attention that Don Bowyer, Robby Gunstream, Kim Wangler, and others has given to the CMS-NAMM partnership cannot go unnoticed, either, as this is important foundational work for us all in establishing a solid CMS foothold within the massive music industry that expresses interest in the work of university-level student and faculty musicians. “Generation Next” has taken hold as an CMS annual collaboration of plenary sessions, panel discussions, and workshops at the massive January NAMM meeting, and CMS members are active in articulating on topics of audio-recording, music business, product usages (such as iPads) in the classroom, and resume-writing.  

Sincere appreciation goes to Keith E. Clifton and Jim Perone (and their Program Committees) for finely tailored 2013 and 2014 national meetings in Cambridge and St. Louis. In St. Louis, we moved forward to trial two new sessions: the “Wisdom of the Elders” arm-chair discussion with senior colleague (featuring Bruno Nettl) and the Master Pedagogue session (featuring Ian Hobson, pianist).  Conferences take tremendous time and effort, and I am grateful to our PC chairs and members.

That a Society of music professionals might have an opportunity to socialize through the dance has always seemed to me an easy and natural decision, and I appreciate the engagement of my partners at the contra-dance events in Cambridge 2013 and St. Louis 2014.  To Richard Carlin of Oxford University Press, I extend a warm-and-hearty CMS gratitude for support of the Missouri-style contra-dance musicians who played and called for us this year.

I commend colleagues Carlos Abril, Bill Everett, and Art Gottschalk of the CMS Cuba Attache for their investigative work in Havana in early 2014 for purposes of considering this Latin American musical hub as an international conference site. They devoted personal time and expense in exploring the site, and offered their wisdom and practical insights on Havana as a strong future site of CMS activity.