Programming Black Music: Five Centuries, Four Continents, and Endless Possibilities

The Center for Black Music Research's Melanie Zeck will lead two workshops on programming black music at the League of American Orchestras’ annual conference.

The Center for Black Music Research’s Melanie Zeck will lead two workshop seminars on Programming Black Music: Five Centuries, Four Continents, and Endless Possibilities, as part of the League of American Orchestras’ 73rd National Conference. The conference, held June 13-15, will explore the role, purpose, and impact of orchestras in today’s changing society.

The Center for Black Music Research is an independent research unit of Columbia College Chicago devoted to documenting, researching, preserving, and disseminating information about the history and expression of black music on a global scale. The Center’s Library and Archives house more than 11,000 recordings, 4,500 pieces of sheet music, and several ethnographic collections documenting, showcasing, and studying music created and performed by African-descended people across the world, including jazz, gospel, reggae, calypso, salsa, and other forms.

Zeck, the Center’s research rellow, is also the managing editor of the Black Music Research Journal, the peer-reviewed journal of the Center for Black Music Research. Her researchhas been published in the Encyclopedia of African American Music, CBMR Digest, and the Oxford University Press’s OUPBlog. The book-length manuscript The Transformation of Black Music: The Rhythms, the Songs, and the Ships of the African Diaspora, written with CBMR founder Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.

Programming Black Music: Five Centuries, Four Continents, and Endless Possibilities
Wednesday, June 13, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Friday, June 15,11-12:15 p.m.
The Center for Black Music Research
618 S. Michigan Ave, 6th Floor