SAM Conference: Day 3

SAM Conference: Day 3

Our adventures at SAM in New Orleans continue with more fantastic papers, food, and camaraderie! On Saturday morning I attended a truly wonderful session focusing on the lives and music of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, and considering new and intersectional ways to analyze and appreciate their respective bodies of work. Kori Hill presented on Florence Price’s Second Violin Concerto: Kate Pukinskis presented on Margaret Bond’s Three Dream Portraits: And Marquese Carter presented on Florence Price’s song “The Washer Woman”. Together this panel brought into conversation vital conversation on the intersectional nature of studying, analyzing, and appreciating the works of Black…

SAM Conference: Day 2

SAM Conference: Day 2

Friday brought another exciting day of conversation, connection, and potential for future collaboration! After a day of papers and conversations the WPA team had the opportunity to visit the historic Cabildo – which was the title of and setting for Amy Beach’s only opera which incorporates Creole tunes. The evening brought us through Louis Armstrong Park and to the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center for a concert of piano works and songs performed by Peter Collins, piano, and Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano. A celebration of the historic and contemporary music of New Orleans, the program included several…

SAM Conference: Day 1

SAM Conference: Day 1

We are at the Society for American Music Conference in New Orleans and looking forward to many days of great papers, conversations, and opportunities to advocate for the works of women composers. Today was filled with fascinating and intersectional conversations about music and meaning, race and gender, and how individuals are represented and given a voice through music.  I had chance to listen in on a great conversation including many of these ideas in the discussion of works by women in popular music, as well as the way themes from opera moved from concert hall to parlor rooms, and was…