Category Archives: music

Jake Johnson is an assistant professor of musicology in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. He recently answered some questions about his new book, Mormons, Musical Theater, and Belonging in America. Q: Why did you decide to … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce that Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao has won the Irving Lowens Book Award from the Society for American Music (SAM). The award was announced at the annual SAM conference, March … Continue reading

Christopher J. Smith is a professor, chair of musicology, and founding director of the Vernacular Music Center at the Texas Tech University School of Music. He is the author of the award-winning book The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and … Continue reading

Honey Meconi is Chair and Professor of Music in the College Music Department and a professor of musicology at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Her many books include Pierre de la Rue and Musical Life at the … Continue reading

We’re pleased to announce that Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao has been awarded the AMS Music in American Culture Award. The Music in American Culture Award honors each year a book of exceptional merit that both … Continue reading

Spanning centuries of music history, the banjo remains a recognizable and unique instrument in genres including bluegrass and folk. As the banjo reaches new parts of the world, we can trace back its appearances in the rise of many musical … Continue reading

Tom Ewing presents fans of bluegrass music with an in-depth and long-awaited biography on the Blue Grass Man himself, Bill Monroe. Called “insightful” by The Wall Street Journal,  Bill Monroe: The Life and Music of the Blue Grass Man covers Monroe’s story … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce that Dixie Dewdrop: The Uncle Dave Macon Story by Michael Doubler has been selected as the first grant recipient of the Judith McCulloh Fund for American Music. This endowed fund created … Continue reading

We’re pleased to announce that Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao has won a Certificate of Merit for Best Historical Research in Recorded Country, Folk, Roots, or World Music from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Begun in … Continue reading

Congratulations to Michael Heller, the editor of Jazz and Culture, on being named one of the 2018 American Council of Learned Society Fellows! The 2018 ACLS Fellowship was awarded to 78 recipients to [advance] humanistic studies in all fields of … Continue reading