Music News and Achievements
Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor of music education in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, was named Pennsylvania state chair for the Society for Music Teacher Education. In this position, he represents higher education faculty within the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music in the Music Division of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, served as an adjudicator at the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Performance Competitions, affiliated with Music Teachers National Association. The event was held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 5.
Paula Nelson, adjunct instructor of flute in the Music Division of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, was a soloist with the Immaculata Symphony on Nov. 4. She performed the Reinecke Flute Concerto in D Major, Op. 283. Joseph Gehring conducted the university-community orchestra in its fall concert “Musical Masterpieces.”
Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor of music education, presented “Advocacy in 2017: Articulating the Connection Between Arts and Democracy” at the Arts and Education Symposium organized by the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network. The session encouraged participants to imagine how arts education advocacy and practice could be reframed to empower the arts to strengthen habits, skills, dispositions and processes necessary for building strong democracies.
Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor of music education, presented a talk “Tuvan singing: Sonic vibrations and spiritual rootedness” at the Ware Center at Millersville University. The talk explored Tuvan throat singing and how this artistic tradition offers a unique sense of ethics in relation to the local, natural world. Using frameworks from peacebuilding and social psychology, Dr. Shorner-Johnson explored how this particular Animist spiritual tradition places humans in greater relationship with the local environment through musical acts of imitation and artistic representation.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, performed a guest artist piano recital at Texas Tech University in Lubbock in September. Badgerow was joined by colleagues Sarah Daughtrey, a mezzo-soprano and music professor from New Mexico State University (NMSU), and David Box, a saxophonist based in Lubbock. They performed a variety of solo, duo and trio literature including a world premiere of a new work by Lon Chaffin, chair of the music department at NMSU, with text by Texas State Poet Laureate Larry Thomas.
Badgerow also presented a lecture at the first Classical Keyboard Improvisation Symposium on the campus of Cedarville (Ohio) University in September. His topic was “Just fake it: Improvisation as a pedagogical tool to improve memory and theoretical understanding in classical keyboard study”.
Douglas Bomberger, professor of music in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, presented a paper on the Piano Concerto of Amy Beach at a conference devoted to American Women Composers and Pianists held at the University of New Hampshire at Durham in September. The conference was the subject of an Associated Press article that was featured in the New York Times and Washington Post.
Also, this summer, Bomberger edited the book “Very Good for an American: Essays on Edward MacDowell,” published by Pendragon Press. The essays were delivered by an international group of scholars at the MacDowell Festival and Symposium on the Elizabethtown College campus in December 2010. The Festival, supported by a CISP grant, drew on the talents of students and faculty and guest artists to commemorate the 150th birthday of this prominent American composer.
Gene Ann Behrens, professor of music and director of music therapy shared the following achievements:
- She presented at the 15th World Music Therapy Congress (WMTC) in Tsukuba, Japan, in July 2017, speaking on international guidelines for teaching and providing trauma therapy within other countries, especially low-income countries. The “13 International Road Signs for Trauma Work” also was published in the proceedings for the Congress.
- She created and directed an interactive presentation for the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) Executive Board members that she delivered at the WMTC. The presentation related concepts about communication and networking to parts of a spinning drum. Each audience member created his or her own spinning drum and used it in a song at the end of the presentation to emphasize the concepts and analogies. About 12 WFMT board members participated in the presentation.
- Behrens was the organizer and moderator for the Spotlight Session on Trauma at the WMTC. She edited and helped organize the presentations of four international speakers, gave a short opening presentation on the neurobiology of trauma and moderated questions at the end. This was her final task on the WFMT Board as she steps down after six years as chair of the Global Crises Intervention Commission.
- She was the invited keynote speaker for the International Symposium on Music Therapy & Trauma/PTSD in Ede, The Netherlands, in June 2017. The Dutch Music Therapy Association and the European Music Therapy Confederation sponsored the symposium.
- She also was invited to present a two-day experiential workshop on the neurobiology of trauma for an international group of about 50 music therapists gathering in Ede, and she taught two classes for music therapy students at the ArtEZ School of Music, Enschede, The Netherlands.
Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music, presented a lecture at the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association annual conference at Lebanon Valley College in Annville. The June lecture was titled “Incorporating Jazz and Improvisation into the Classical Piano Lesson.”
Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor of music education in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, presented “Interrogating Violence within Formal and Practical Means-end Rationality: Musicking as Peacebuilding” at the 29th Mayday Colloquium, an international conference of music education scholars. The philosophy paper drew on E-town’s Anabaptist heritage to offer a model of how music education might be more intentional towards peacebuilding.
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.