2019: Still Here, Still Queer: Celebrating Three Decades of LGBTQ Scholarship at AMS

Shana Goldin-Perschbacher (Temple University), Lauron Kehrer (Western Michigan University), Co-chairs, opening remarks
Lloyd Whitesell (McGill University), Moderator, Closing Remarks
Stephan Pennington (Tufts University), Panel Response

Gillian Rodger (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), “Annie Hindle’s Biography and the World of Nineteenth-Century Theater”

Heather Hadlock (Stanford University), Respondent

CJ Komp (University of Georgia), “Classic Queer: Neoclassicism, Gender, and Sexual Fluidity in Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid”

Imani Mosley (Wichita State University), Respondent

Rachel Avery (McGill University), “Imperially Queer: Modes of Orientalism in Laura Nyro’s Songwriting”

Matthew J. Jones (St. Francis Episcopal Upper School), Respondent 

Immediately after the Friday night panel, please join us for our annual party, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Saturday at lunchtime we hold our open board meeting 12:30-2:00 p.m, where we will celebrate the winners of the 2018 and 2019 Philip Brett Award and discuss future projects for the group.

Also this year we are delighted to invite you to an AMS-exclusive open rehearsal of the Boston Lyric Opera's production of Fellow Travelers, followed by conversation, Friday 3:30-6:00 p.m. The open rehearsal for Fellow Travelers takes place 1 November 2019, 3:30-5:00 p.m. A conversation with cast members and members of the creative team will take place 5:00-6:00 p.m. For more information on the opera, see https://blo.org/fellow-travelers/. If you wish to attend either of these two events, RSVP the BLO Events Manager, Sara O'Brien, sobrien [at] blo.org.

Previous Study Group Events

2018: New LGBTQ Music scholarship

David McCarthy, “Interpreting the Walking Black Man as Musical Figure inside the 1960s”
Joe Nelson, “‘Still Jove with Ganymed lyes playinge’: King James, Sexuality, and Sovereign Order in the Stuart Court”
Larissa Alice Irizarry, “Closeting Judas: Jesus Christ Superstar, Betrayal, and the Constraints of Heteropatriarchy”
Lee K. Tyson, “Queer Abjection and Black Excess: Mykki Blanco’s Trans Rap Vocalities”

2017: Queering Dance Musics: Panel, Keynote, and Roundtable
Kyle Kaplan, "Graham and Cowell at San Quentin"
Lisa Barg, "Billy Strayhorn, Queer Collaboration, and Black Dance"
Lauron Kehler, "Sissy style: Gender, race, and sexuality in New Orleans bounce"
Keynote: "Learning Queerness, or, 'I'd rather be sitting in the dark'," Clare Croft (University of Michigan)
Roundtable on Queer social dance sounds, practices, and spaces
Louis Niebur, Sarah Hankins, Tiffany Naiman, Gavin Lee, and Stephan Pennington (moderator)

2016: Race-ing Queer Music Scholarship symposium. Please click here to be directed to the project page.

2015: A Serious Effort Not to Think Straight: Suzanne G. Cusick in conversation with Emily Wilbourne

2014: New Work in LGBTQ Scholarship

Bradley Fulgate, "Voices Fit for Queens:  Gender, Identity, Voice, and the Drag Queen"; Sam Baltimore, "Ashman’s Aladdin Archive: Queer Orientalism in the Disney Renaissance"; & Marcus Desmond Harmon, "Teaching Womyn's Music, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Alix Dobkin".

2013: How to Sound Gay: David Halperin in conversation with Ryan Dohoney

2012: Graduate Student Forum for New Research: Sarah Hankins, “Size and Shape are Appropriate, and Subject to Change”: Queer Arousal and the State of Musicology’s Search for Meaning & Jarek Paul Ervin, From “You Better Work” to “Born this Way:” Popular Music and the Gay Visibility

2011: Trans/gendering the voice: Julia Serano in conversation with Stephan Pennington

2010: Graduate Student Forum for New Research: William Cheng, “Toward an Acoustemology of the Closet: Online Gamespaces and Prosthetic Technologies of Queer Expression” & Lauron Kehrer, “Navigating Feminism and Capitalism: Lesbian Community Building and Goldenrod Music”

2009: Composer David Del Tredici in conversation with Susan McClary

2008: A Graduate Student Forum for New Research:Phillip J. Klepacki (Historical Musicology, University of Florida), “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore: The Art Songs of David Del Tredici,”and Dirk von der Horst (Theology, Ethics and Culture, Claremont Graduate University), “Queer Musicology in the Work of Constructive Theology”

2007: Open Discussion on Pedagogical Issues, moderated by Suzanne Cusick and Judth Ann Peraino

2006: Judith Halberstam, “Keeping Time with Lesbians on Ecstasy”

2005: Byron Adams, “‘Save Me From Those Suffering Boys!’: Britten, John Ireland and the Venerable Tradition of Uranian Boy-Worship”

2004: Jessie Ann Owens and Peter J.Burkholder, “Lesbian, Gay, Musicologist: Some Personal Reflections”

2003: Sherrie Tucker, “What’s Sexuality Got to Do with It? (And Other Queer Questions in American Music Scholarship)”

2002: Mitchell Morris leading a panel discussion about GLBTQ choruses

2001: Sophie Fuller, “A Queerable History? Women Musicians in Fin-de-siècle Britain”.

2000: Ivan Raykoff, “On the Borders of Camp: Transgendered Pop Stars in Germany, Turkey and Israel”; and Shanna Lorenz, “Revisiting Tango’s Homoeroticism in the Films Happy Together and The Tango Lesson”

1999: Howard Pollack, “Some Thoughts on Gay Receptivity to Copland’s Music”

1998: Ellen Harris, “Handel as Orpheus II: The Cultural Context of a Literary Reading”

1997: Sue-Ellen Case, “Queer Performance”