Conference Schedule

Jake Jabs Event Center
(located in the CU Denver Business School)

November 8th

11:00 AM: Registration opens

Opening Remarks: 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM


A Sessions

1. Black Women's Activism 
(Philip Ewell, moderator)


12:20: Charity Lofthouse and Eliyah Roberts, "Oh, Maker: Formal Ambiguity and Intersectionality in the Music of Janelle Monáe"


12:40: Gayle Wald, “This is Rhythm: The Musical Life and Radical Vision of Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of Children’s Music”


1:00: Audrey Slote, “Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II and the Sounds of Black Utopian Social Theory”


1:20: Monica Hershberger, “Subverting ‘Mammy’: Soprano Dorothy Maynor at the Hampton Institute in the 1920s and 1930s”


1:40: Megan Lyons, “Reclaiming Narratives and Reinventing Sounds: Celisse Henderson's Empowering Rendition of Joni Mitchell's ‘Help Me’”


2:00: George Adams, “An Ecology of Forms in Janelle Monáe’s ‘Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout)’”


2:20: Marc Hannaford, “The Music Theory of Undine Smith Moore”

B Sessions

2. Theorizing Jazz & Hip Hop
(Christopher Jenkins, moderator)


12:20: Jennifer Messelink, “Duke Ellington’s Theorizing of Blue(s) Moods”


12:40: Mark Lomanno, “‘The Water is Wide’: The Oceanic Consciousness of Charles Lloyd’s Global Jazz Kin Ships”


1:00: Peter McMurray, “Beatmaking as Music Theory: Marley Marl, Golden Age Hip Hop and Vernacular (Meta)theory”


1:20: Kjell Andreas Oddekalv, “The Norwegian Emcee/scholar-Theorising Rap Flow the Outside and Inside”


1:40: Varun Chandrasekhar, “Jazz Interactions: Groups in Fusion and Groups in Metastasis”


2:00: Jacob P. Cupps, “Form as Flow (Layering) and Rupture in Underground Hip-Hop”


2:20: Ashley Martin, “The Message is Living
Death: How Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Haunt Hip-Hop”


BREAK: 2:40–3:00

A Sessions, continued

3. Innovations in Art Music
(Philip Ewell, moderator)


3:00: Maeve Nagel-Frazel, “Educating for Change: Washington Conservatory Alumni in Black American Musical Life”


3:20: Jennifer Salamone, “Then, Now, and How: Considering the Pathways of Three Spirituals”


3:40: Sam Falotico, “Cadence, Harmony, and the ‘Pentatonic Leading-Tone’ in Harry T. Burleigh’s Spiritual Arrangement”


4:00: Sasha Doster, “Wagner in Harlem: Afro-Wagnerism in Early Twentieth Century Black Thought and Black Opera”


4:20: Joseph Vaz, “Rhythmic Counterpoint in ‘Heat-Seeking Missile’ by Ed Bland”


4:40: Benjamin Dobbs, “The Signifyin(g) Scherzo: Allusive and Elusive Formal Processes in the Finale of Florence Price’s Piano Sonata in E Minor”

B Sessions, continued

4. Negotiating the Commercial Marketplace
(Christopher Jenkins, moderator)


3:00: Clifton Boyd, “Black Barbershop by Another Game: Gatekeeping and Genre in Close Harmony”


3:20: Emmalouise St. Amand, “‘A Gold Mine in Bobby Sox’: Annette Swinson and the Sonic Choreography of Black Girlhood”


3:40: Brad Osborn, “Black Audiovisual Expression in Three 1991 Music Videos”


4:00: Hannah Strong, “Megan Thee Stallion and Plan B: Weaponizing Birth Control in Support of Bodily Autonomy”


4:20: Jeremy Orosz, “‘Take It to the Bridge’: Formal Function and Terminology in R&B Practice”


4:40: Noah Kahrs, “One-Note Passages and Genre Signifiers in Ambrose Akinmusire’s ‘Americana’”


5:10 pm Keynote, Fredara Hadley


Fredara Mareva Hadley, Ph.D., is an ethnomusicology professor at The Juilliard School of Music in the Music History Department. Hadley teaches courses on jazz history, African American music, and ethnomusicology, and her research centers on the diverse musical legacies and impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Her publications include the ICTM Yearbook and Journal of Popular Music Studies as well as outlets including The Washington Post and Billboard. She's presented her research at academic conferences both domestically and abroad. Hadley’s other area of research focuses on Shirley Graham DuBois and the influence of musical pan-Africanism in her opera Tom Tom and her ongoing political engagement. Hadley earned her undergraduate and Masters degrees from Florida A&M University and Clark-Atlanta University, respectively, and her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Indiana University. Her forthcoming book is a survey of the musics that HBCU campuses nurture and the broader cultural impact of those musics. (Sponsored by Oberlin Conservatory)



Speaker Bios and Paper Abstracts

(Alphabetized by author last name)

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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