The Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger is a melancholy document, charting the 3,000 or so languages that experts predict will vanish by the end of this century. For the most part, ethnographers and linguists are helpless in the face of the gradual erasure of collective memory that goes along with this loss of linguistic diversity. Time to call in the composers? Read the article at the New York Times.
When the new students arrive at Sweden’s two opera conservatories this autumn, they’ll share one thing in common: they’ll all be women. In the most recent round of auditions, only women won a place. There just weren’t any qualified male candidates. Read more at the Economist.
World-renowned violinist Daniel Hope uncovered dusty letters and compositions scribbled on scraps of paper for “The Sounds of Hollywood,” a book and a CD on Jewish immigrant composers who fled to Hollywood in the 1930s. Read the article at DW.com
Mark your calendars for the upcoming graduate funding workshops!
“Finding Graduate Funding,” Tuesday, April 12th, 12:30-1:30, Research Commons, Red C
The first in a two-day workshop series, this Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) event will introduce UW graduate students (current and admitted) to the graduate funding landscape. The workshop provides an overview of timelines, databases, and strategies for finding fellowships, scholarships, grants, and awards to support graduate education, research, and travel. No RSVP necessary. Attendance at the second workshop in the series — “Crafting a Strong Application for Graduate Funding” — is recommended, but not required.
“Crafting a Strong Application for Graduate Funding,” Wednesday, April 13th, 12:30-1:30, Research Commons, Red C
The second in a two-day workshop series, this event will introduce UW graduate students to the components of a quality funding application and strategies for creating one. Moderated by the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) Manager, the workshop will include presentations by representatives from the UW Libraries and Office of Fellowships, in addition to a panel discussion with current students and faculty. No RSVP necessary. Attendance at the first workshop in the series — “Finding Graduate Funding” — is recommended, but not required. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Core Programs.
Further details about these events are available via the Research Commons events calendar.
In an old bus depot in an industrial stretch of Bushwick, Brooklyn, whose architectural ornamentation consists of concertina wire and graffiti, young singers and musicians — some wearing knit hats and parkas against the cold — were rehearsing Puccini’s “Tosca.” Read the article at the New York Times.
- What? The UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduate students who have authored superb research projects, including posters, that demonstrate a creative use of scholarly materials.
- Why? Winners receive $1,000 and University-wide recognition for their outstanding accomplishment.
- When? Deadline to submit is Monday, May 16, 2016, by 5:00pm PDT.
- Where and How? Submission criteria and guidelines are available online.
Rarely performed music by Robert Schumann, György Kurtág and Galina Ustvolskaya gets an outing at a festival exploring mental health and the arts. Read the article at the Guardian.
Being a professional composer requires real mental and physical stamina, says British composer and musician Errollyn Wallen. Read more at the Guardian.
Who says you can’t make it with a music degree? From 2012-2015, an accomplished and published Music Education professor at Indiana University, Peter Miksza, in conjunction with educator Lauren Hime, embarked on a study that few have tried to take on. Read the story at Music School Central.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard did it quietly. Evgeny Kissin did it in a casual remark to a presenter. Piotr Anderszewski, evidently, has done it in an interview with the website Humans of New York. Read the story at the Washington Post.