Remembering Nicholas Temperley

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Professor Emeritus Nicholas Temperley has died. This is a tremendous loss to both the School of Music and the field of musicology.

Joseph Herl

Joseph Herl Appointed Associate Director of the Hymn Tune Index

Joseph Herl, professor of music at Concordia University, Nebraska, has been appointed research professor and associate director of the Hymn Tune Index, and will eventually succeed Nicholas Temperley as director, while continuing to reside in Nebraska.

Remembering Bruno Nettl

Update: a concert in honor of Professor Bruno Nettl has been scheduled for May 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the Great Hall. All are welcome.


Dear friends,

Prof. Bashford Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Christina Bashford, Associate Professor of Musicology, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a project examining violin culture in Britain.

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Gateways to World Music Performance Series Announced

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is pleased to announce Gateways to World Music programming for Fall 2019. The performance / lecture series will feature artists drawing from music traditions of West Africa, Spain, the Carpathian Bow, and India.

Michael Silvers

Michael Silvers Named Carnegie Fellow

Illinois ethnomusicologist Michael Silvers, who specializes in the music of Brazil, has been awarded a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He’ll use the fellowship to research a book that will examine the aesthetics and natural resources of instrument-making using Brazilian woods.

Two Scholar-Performers Bring Global Perspectives to Musicology Faculty

The School of Music welcomes the addition of two new faculty members in Musicology, beginning in the fall of 2019. 

Prof. Silvers Publishes New Book

The University of Illinois Press has published Assistant Professor Michael Silvers’s Voices of Drought, a timely

Matthew Knight

Musicology Doctoral Candidate Matthew Knight Awarded the JaFran Jones Prize

Congratulations to Matthew Knight, winner of the 2018 JaFran Jones Award at the Midwest Chapter Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology for his paper, “Song as Intangible Cultural Commodity: Neoliberal Governmentality meets Ancient Hospitality in the Georgian Highlands.”

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