Music News and Achievements
Douglas Bomberger, professor of music, presented “November 1917: The End of the Long Nineteenth Century in American Music” at the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 2017.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, presented a workshop, titled “From Mozart to Monk: Incorporating Jazz and Improvisation into the Collegiate Classical Piano Lesson,” at the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Region Conference. The conference was held at Towson University in Maryland
Robert Spence, associate professor of music and director of instrumental studies, has been awarded the College’s 2017 Kreider Prize for Teaching.
Paula Nelson, adjunct instructor of flute, presented a flute choir reading session at the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia’s Fifth Annual Flute Fair Day, held at West Chester University March 18. She conducted a large ensemble of high school, college and adult flutists, performing recent compositions of Judy Nishimura and Kathleen Mayne.
Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor of music education, was invited to present lectures on Music Education and Peacebuilding at Northwest Missouri State University (September 2016) and at Gettysburg College (January 2017). This lecture represents the culmination of work in music education philosophy, spirituality and peacebuilding theory. Shorner-Johnson also presented research on his teaching at the Lancaster Learns Conference. In this session, Shorner-Johnson modeled his approach to engaging undergraduate students in action research and the use of collaborative technology platforms to facilitate student inquiry. This practice and research informs how different students approach, synthesize and reflect upon their experiences teaching in kindergarten classrooms.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, served as an official accompanist for the Eastern Division of the Music Teachers National Association’s performance competitions. The competition was held at Boston University and featured state winners from the northeast region (Maryland through Maine). Badgerow collaborated with six contestants from the woodwind category in the junior and senior divisions.
Douglas Bomberger, professor of music, published the first installment of a three-part article in the February/March 2017 issue of the journal American Music Teacher. The article traces the early career of music publisher Theodore Presser (1848–1925). This research was supported by a grant from the Presser Foundation of Philadelphia.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, performed a solo and collaborative recital of Brazilian music at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces; he gave a masterclass to several undergraduate and graduate piano students at the University. Badgerow also performed as a collaborative pianist in a lecture recital on Brazilian song at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Texoma Region) Conference held in Canyon, Texas.
Douglas Bomberger, professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, presented a paper on the origins of jazz at a conference of the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society in Richmond, Virginia. The paper is related to his sabbatical research on American music in 1917.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music and advisor to Elizabethtown Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta is attending the national leadership conference for ALD in Washington, D.C. ALD is an honor society for high-achieving first year students. The E-town chapter is currently involved in several service projects, including one developed by national ALD to provide hygiene kits for D.C. public school children. The Elizabethtown Chapter was awarded an Alpha Silver award by the national office leadership for an 84 percent inductee rate from invitations.
Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor of music education, had his paper “Visible, legitimate, and beautiful justice: A case study of music education formalization within a Haitian NGO” published. The article is the outcome of six years of work that was funded by a first-year faculty grant. Working from the College’s heritage of peacebuilding, the piece considers new forms of justice. In particular, research participants identified visibility as a strong form of justice. Musical performance made children visible to each other and the community. Musical performance made visible the achievement and emotive complexity of participants.
Douglas Bomberger, professor of music, presented a paper at an international conference on Joseph Joachim held in Boston, June 16 through 18. His paper traced the history of American violinist Madge Wickham from her early studies with Joachim in Berlin in the 1880s through her experiences in Europe during World War I and her final years as a violinist in the WPA’s Federal Music Project during the Great Depression.
Douglas Bomberger, professor of music, presented a paper, April 16, at the Rhythm Changes conference of European jazz researchers in Birmingham, England. “Karl Muck, The Star-Spangled Banner and Emerging Definitions of Jazz,” discussed an incident in 1917 that brought attention to the imprecise understandings of jazz during the year when it first came to national attention.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, served as an official accompanist at the Music Teachers National Association Eastern Division Competition in Rowan, New Jersey, in February.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, adjudicated the Youth (Junior Division) Instrumental Music Competition sponsored by the Lancaster Women’s Symphony Association in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He will perform in recital in the coming months in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Freeport, Texas.
Douglas Bomberger, professor of music, presented a paper at the annual conference of the Society for American Music in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 10, 2016. His paper, “The Lord God in Boston: B.J. Lang and Edward MacDowell,” discusses the crucial role of conductor Lang in establishing MacDowell’s American reputation during the 1880s.
Anne Gross, assistant professor of music, taught a voice master class in Dubuque, Iowa, over spring break for students of Clarke University and Loras College. She also presented a recital of art songs for students and faculty and community members.
Emily Mountain ’16, music therapy, won one of the three Jenny Shinn scholarships at the regional MAR-AMTA music therapy conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in midMarch. The award is the highest student scholarship provided by the region.