Frederick Loewe Symposium in American Music

Denise Von Glahn

Denise Von Glahn is Professor of Musicology and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University. Her work has appeared in Musical Quarterly, American Music, JSAM, JAMS, twentieth-century music, Musik Konzepte, and in multiple essay collections. Her book The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 2004, and another book, Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices, co-written with Michael Broyles, won the Irving S. Lowens Award from the Society for American Music in 2009. Her most recent book, Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World, came out in February 2013. Her research has been supported by The Paul Sacher Stiftung, The Copland Fund for Music, the American Musicological Society, and most generously by her own university. Her new book project, Picking the Winners: The Early Years of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Music Awards, explores the roles played by philanthropic institutions in shaping American music culture.


Thursday, October 24 

2:00 p.m. 


2:30 p.m.

Denise Von Glahn, Opening Remarks

2:50 p.m.

Women Composers, Environment, and Identity
Melissa de Graaf (University of Miami)
Kate Galloway (Memorial University, Newfoundland)

4:00 p.m.

Open Seminar Discussion on Women and the American Musical Landscape

Friday, October 25  
8:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Performing Gender in America
Julianne Lindberg (University of Nevada, Reno)
Matthew Valnes
Maribeth Clark (New College of Florida)
Marian Wilson Kimber (University of Iowa)

10:30 a.m. Coffee and Discussion Break
11:00 a.m.

Rachel Lumsden, “Mentorship and “Skillful Listening” Among Women Modernist Composers” 

11:30 a.m.

Denise Von Glahn (Florida State University), Keynote

1:15 p.m.

Round Table with Joan Tower, Denise Von Glahn, and Panelists 

View full Loewe Symposium Program (pdf)

About the School
The University of Redlands and its School of Music has been closely associated with American music since its founding in 1907. A prominent stop at the end of the rail lines leading to the west coast, concerts at the Redlands Bowl built in 1923 and performances of jazz bands and popular artists at the university's Casa Loma Room have been important parts of the region's musical life. In 1970 Stan Kenton and His Orchestra recorded the album Live at Redlands University and the School of Music was the home of avant-garde composer Barney Childs from 1971 to 1993. Materials from both these artists, along with the George Sheet Music Collection (featuring over 500 printed songs from the 1900s-1930s), form the core of the university's musical archives. The School of Music and its collections are also supported by the estate of Frederick Loewe, the Oscar-winning composer who retired to nearby Palm Springs.

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