CBMR Staff Notes
Executive Director Monica Hairston O’Connell was renamed to the editorial board of Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. She served as an invited panelist at the Detroit Symphony Earshot New Music Readings for African-American Composers Career Development Workshops this March and as a panelist on the Black Metropolis Research Consortium Fellowships committee.
Attending the code4lib conference in March was a highlight for Archivist and Digital Librarian Laurie Lee Moses, who found the free-wheeling preconference discussion of findability for archival materials instructive and inspiring, as well as the presentations and talks on open source solutions and women in coding. In May, Moses performed in Chicago on piano and percussion with Artemis Singers for “A Feminist Mosaic” concert and dance, and will perform again in July as part of the Sister Singers Network Festival to be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana.
Morris Phibbs, Deputy Director, was guest speaker on February 20 at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where he presented a lecture on black composers in the art music tradition with a special focus on Florence Price. He also gave presentations on February 22 and February 23 in Staunton and Waynesboro, Virginia, during performances by the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra of Florence Price’s Concerto in One Movement.
Manager of Web Applications Peter Shultz has spent this year in Northfield, Minnesota. Since January he has given guest lectures at the University of Minnesota campuses in Minneapolis and Duluth, and at Beloit College in Wisconsin. He also presented at the first North American Conference for Video Game Music at Youngstown State University, Ohio, and at the 2014 meeting of IASPM-US in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
In addition to teaching Advanced/Professional Writing for the University of Chicago’s Little Red Schoolhouse, Research Assistant Melanie Zeck also taught Western art music for music majors at Columbia College Chicago during the 2013–2014 academic year. This year she was one of five Columbia College instructors who transformed their traditional music history classes into online classes as part of grant from the College’s Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellence. In June she will present a paper on this project at the Teaching Music History Conference organized by the American Musicological Society’s Pedagogy Study Group. This spring Zeck was invited to give a lecture at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, on the music of the nineteenth-century utopian community, New Harmony. This year marks New Harmony’s 200th birthday, and Zeck plans to be present at the celebration. More recently, her short essay on the life of Josephine Baker appeared on Oxford University Press’s OUPblog.