A Vanderbilt Colloquium

Music In The Real World

This colloquium—hosted by the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University—will investigate the complex, powerful, and infinitely various roles which music plays in the lives of both individuals and communities, here in Nashville and everywhere on the planet. Diverse perspectives will be sought from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff, as well as from distinguished guest artists, scholars, pedagogues, and laypersons from many walks of life, brought together to campus and to various venues around town.

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Events

The Healing Power of Music with Richard Casper

SEPTEMBER 16, 2024 • 7:00-9:00PM

Richard Casper is a dynamic and innovative leader with a unique and powerful life force that has allowed him to successfully use music as a bridge to healing and transformation for himself as well as a vast and growing population of veterans.  He’s created intersections that connect musicians directly with communities in a way that impacts healing and economics, generates art, and creates measurable results. 
This event will ask the questions:  How can we apply the CreatiVets model to various styles of music-making to reach and help targeted populations? What could we be inspired to do with our musical, creative, and artistic skills once we see what’s been done?  We will seek concrete methods for effectively creating change and serving communities through music and art.  

Knowledge Exchange Violin: Peter Sheppard Skærved

OCTOBER 21, 2024 • 7:30PM

In his recent set of international collaborations with museums, libraries, and environmental organizations, Peter celebrates historic instruments and fragile landscapes through conversations, performances, commissions of new musical works, filmed recordings, podcasts, and social media outreach.  Vanderbilt’s own Michael Alec Rose has composed nearly a dozen new pieces for the project. 


Equity Sings: Arreon Harley-Emerson

NOVEMBER 20, 2024 • 8:00PM

To explore the ability of choral music to effect change and empower individuals with respect to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the larger context of social justice. 

 

 

 


Musicology Guest Scholar

DECEMBER 4, 2024 • 8:00PM

 

 

 

 

 


Music & Marginalization: André de Quadros

JANUARY 23, 2025 • 8:00PM

This event will investigate the musicking habits and challenges faced by people who may not have access to musical practices because of various circumstances and forces of marginalization. 

André de Quadros, Professor of Music, Boston University will facilitate the conversation.  In addition to being a marvelous choral conductor, Andre specializes in the topic of music and marginalization, and runs a music in prison program. 


Ching-Yi Ling & Meredith Blecha Wells


February 9, 2024
 • 7:30PM

If precollegiate programing is integrated into the university, precollegiate music education can generate new audiences for university music programs and serve as an important link between the university and the “real world.”  Further, almost all, if not all, of our graduating students who pursue musical careers and strive to share their music with the “real world” will engage in teaching music to children in some form.


Symposium On Music & AI

An exploration of both the positive and negative impacts which advanced artificial intelligence is having—and seems poised to exert even more dramatically—on the creation, performance, and enjoyment of music.

FEBRUARY 20, 2025 • 8:00PM

Lecture and World Premiere

Presentation by Tod Machover, Professor of Music and Media, MIT, and Director of the Media Lab’s Opera of the Future group, including the world premiere of a duo for marimba and AI, composed by Professor Machover and performed by Ji Hye Jung, Professor of Percussion, Blair School of Music.

Reception to follow.

MARCH 6, 2025 • 6:00PM

Panel discussion: “AI and the Political Economy of Music and the Arts”

- Scott Hawley, Professor of Physics and Audio Engineering, Belmont University
- Jenny Davis, Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University
- Dan Cornfield, Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University
- Alexandre Frenette, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Reception to follow.

 


Mindtravel: Murray Hidary

MARCH 24, 2025 • 8:00PM

Composer, pianist, visual artist, meditation coach, and entrepreneur Murray Hidary brings musical improvisation and mindfulness practice together through his Mindtravel Foundation. Mindtravel performances are completely and spontaneously improvised at the piano. Whether working with a small group outdoors through headphones or a large group on the concert stage, Murray’s music provides space for reflection, healing, and insight.


Duo For Clarinet & Percussion: Errollyn Wallen

APRIL 10, 2025 • 8:00PM

Percussion Duo by Errollyn Wallen. This project will not only enrich the performing arts by expanding the repertoire for clarinet and percussion, but it will also help encourage women composers working in a historically male dominated field. As two leading classical female performers, our synergy will show the pacesetting the industry needs while contributing to the repertoire as a legacy point. 


Capstone Festival: Nashville Meeting Ground

APRIL 19, 2025 • 2:30PM

 

 

 

 

 


Colloquium Team

  • Mariam Adam

    Mariam Adam

    Co-Director, Assistant Professor of Clarinet

  • Michael Alec Rose

    Michael Alec Rose

    Co-Director, Professor of Composition

  • Michael Bess

    Michael Bess

    Chancellor’s Professor of History, Professor of the Communication of Science and Technology, Professor of European Studies

  • Emelyne Bingham

    Emelyne Bingham

    Principal Senior Lecturer of Music Theory and Cognition

  • Zachary Ebin

    Zachary Ebin

    Director of the Suzuki Program

  • Robert Fry

    Robert Fry

    Senior Lecturer in Music History

  • Ji Hye Jung

    Ji Hye Jung

    Associate Professor of Percussion

  • Joshua McGuire

    Joshua McGuire

    Principal Senior Lecturer in Musicianship

  • Deanna Walker

    Deanna Walker

    Adjunct Instructor of Songwriting, Composition and Theory

  • David Binns Williams

    David Binns Williams

    Senior Lecturer in Musicianship and Choral Studies, Director of the Vanderbilt Community Chorus


About

This colloquium—hosted by the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University—will investigate the complex, powerful, and infinitely various roles which music plays in the lives of both individuals and communities, here in Nashville and everywhere on the planet. Diverse perspectives will be sought from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff, as well as from distinguished guest artists, scholars, pedagogues, and laypersons from many walks of life, brought together to campus and to various venues around town.

Throughout its year-long program of presentations, concerts, seminars, interviews, panel discussions, lectures, exhibitions, and community outreach, the colloquium will unfold through the rich counterpoint of music-making, scholarship, pedagogy, storytelling, and conversation.

The colloquium’s primary focus of investigation will be on music’s radical potential as a force for good in the world. Guest artists and local musicians will share their experience, expertise, and creative breakthroughs for making music in a wide array of contexts and communities, with diverse strategies for building new communities, seeking social justice, addressing marginalized individuals, collaborating with various institutions, and promoting human flourishing.

A core principle motivating this colloquium is the intrinsic value of education: the love of learning both for its own sake, and for the sake of a more just world. A steady rationale for the colloquium’s events is the ongoing affirmation of intellectual curiosity and emotional well-being.

For Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff alike, the colloquium will therefore serve as a release and respite from the usual—and often overwhelming—apparatus of academic advancement and professional anxiety.

Empowered by the dean and the provost, the colloquium will celebrate our individual and collective capacity for critical inquiry, imaginative risk-taking, and generative dialogue.

The colloquium will therefore also serve as a hopeful, constructive, and contrapuntal corollary to a prevailing academic environment of professionalized and outcome-driven initiatives.

Musical inquiry is as real as anything else in the real world. This colloquium will clarify and expand this far-reaching reality.

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Music In The Real World • 2024-2025 Vanderbilt Colloquium
Blair School of Music • Vanderbilt University • Nashville, TN

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