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CFP: Winter 2021 Chapter Meeting -- Saturday, February 13 (Virtual -- Tufts University)

The Winter 2020-2021 meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021. It will be hosted virtually by the Music Department at Tufts University; details and Zoom link will follow with the program announcement in mid-January. The Program Committee invites proposals of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers and for roundtable sessions or workshops (pedagogical, performative, and/or scholarly). All abstracts are subject to blind review, and submissions from faculty, independent scholars, and students are all encouraged and welcome. Abstracts should be submitted by Thursday, December 31, 2020 , to Mark DeVoto: mdevoto -at- granite dot tufts dot edu. Please refer to the AMS guidelines: “Proposals should represent the presentation as fully as possible. A successful proposal typically articulates the main aspects of the argument or research findings clearly, positions the author’s contribution with respect to previous scholarshi


Newly elected officers of the AMS New England Chapter are as follows  Evan MacCarthy , President (2020-22) Mark DeVoto , Program Chair (2020-22) Richard Mueller , Representative to AMS Council (2020-23) Ginger Dellenbaugh , Student Representative to AMS Council (2020-22). Additionally, the 2020 recipient of the Chapter's Schafer Award is  Samuel Chan  (New York University), who presented the paper "Sinophonic Discords: Musical Hatred and the Negotiation of Sonic Difference" at our Fall 2019 meeting. And we are indebted and grateful  to Jacquelyn Sholes for her four years of service as President of the chapter.

Chapter Updates: August 2020

From AMS-NE President Jacquelyn Sholes:   I hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy. There are a handful of updates to report in response to the unusual current circumstances. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Fall 2020 meeting. We are currently planning to hold our winter and spring 2021 meetings virtually; further information to follow as it becomes available. Further information to follow also on the 2020 Schafer Award.  ELECTIONS Since we were not able to hold elections in person this past spring, we will be conducting elections electronically for the following offices: ( 1) President, (2) Program Chair, (3) Student Representative, and (4) AMS Council Representative. Terms and responsibilities of each position are outlined in the Chapter bylaws: . Please send nominations and self-nominations for any of these offices to me at by 31 August 2020. Thank you, everyone, and please stay healthy.

Spring Meeting Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Spring Meeting CANCELLED Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Harvard University will be holding classes online for the remainder of the semester and is limiting on-campus events to twenty-five or fewer participants. For this reason, unfortunately, we are going to have to cancel the Spring 2020 AMS-NE meeting that was to be held at Harvard on 18 April. We hope to see you at our fall meeting at Clark University on 26 September and at our meeting on 13 Febru ary 2021 at Tufts University. If you have already submitted an abstract for consideration for the spring meeting, it will automatically be considered for the fall meeting unless you contact our program chair, Karen Cook ( to retract your submission. Elections for several Chapter offices were scheduled to take place at the spring meeting. We are exploring optons for conducting elections online. Please stay tuned.

Map and Parking Info for Pierce Hall at NEC (Winter Meeting - 2/22)

AMS-NE@ New England Conservatory: The meeting will take place in NEC’s Pierce Hall (241 St. Botolph St., first floor). Please note: Parking nearby is not easy. There are hard-to-find on-street meters  There are also nearby garages: Gainsborough Garage and the Westland Ave. Garage. Please refer to the website above for details. Garage parking will run about $33/day. There are two nearby T stations: Green Line (Symphony) and Orange Line (Mass Ave.). Both are quite convenient to the meeting site. Entrance to the St. Botolph St. building is now through the new Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC). The SLPC is also on St. Botolph St., but is closer to Gainsborough than Mass. Ave. (see map). You will need an ID to sign in at the security desk. Finding Pierce Hall: Once signed in at security in the SLPC, take the staircase by the entrance up one flight. Cross the landing diagonally to the right and take the white hallway past Burnes Hall (there

Winter 2020 Chapter Meeting (Saturday, Feb. 22, New England Conservatory, Boston)

AMS-NE Fall Chapter Meeting February 22, 2020 New England Conservatory -- Pierce Hall ( Directions and Parking ) 9:45-10:15 Refreshments and Registration Morning Session 10:15 Welcome 10:20 Josquin’s Nymphes des bois and Lament Literature – Jeannette Di Bernardo Jones (College of the Holy Cross) Josquin’s Nymphes des bois is among the earliest polyphonic laments for musicians and joins poetic laments written honoring Jean de Okeghem after his death in February 1497. Musicologists have debated three problems surrounding this piece: its dating, its polytextuality, and its appearance in all-black notation in its sources. I address these issues by placing Josquin’s lament in a conversation with the existing poetic laments for Okeghem, namely Guillaume Crétin’s Déploration and Jean Molinet’s pair of poems, one of which is the French text Nymphes des bois in Josquin’s setting. I argue that Nymphes des bois , both Molinet’s poem and Josquin’s lament, is part of a larger