Center for Popular Music Launches American Music Manuscripts Website

The Cen­ter for Pop­u­lar Music at Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­sity announces the launch of its Amer­i­can Ver­nac­u­lar Music Man­u­scripts (AVMM) web­site. Built as part of a three-year project funded by the National Endow­ment for the Human­i­ties and under­taken in part­ner­ship with the Amer­i­can Anti­quar­ian Soci­ety, the AVMM site makes avail­able for the first time hun­dreds of Amer­i­can music man­u­scripts from the 1730s to 1910.

The com­ple­men­tary col­lec­tions of the Cen­ter for Pop­u­lar Music and the Amer­i­can Anti­quar­ian Soci­ety are among the largest and most sig­nif­i­cant hold­ings of such mate­r­ial in the nation. Approx­i­mately 350 unique, hand­writ­ten man­u­scripts were included in the project, total­ing more than 17,000 pages of music.

The man­u­scripts were all scanned in high res­o­lu­tion to archival stan­dards for preser­va­tion, with the images stored at the Inter­net Archive. The AVMM web­site serves as a front page and search engine for the images, where users can search by year, song title, sub­ject, ori­gin, cre­ator, and keyword.

For more infor­ma­tion, please visit the AVMM web­site:

Apply Now: The Odegaard Writing and Research Center’s Dissertation Writing Retreat

This week-long inten­sive writ­ing retreat will bring together a group of grad­u­ate stu­dents who are inter­ested in mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress on their dis­ser­ta­tions dur­ing the interim between Spring and Sum­mer Quar­ters with a sup­port­ive group of tutors and librarians.

In order to apply for a spot, sub­mit your appli­ca­tion through our Cat­a­lyst site:

Appli­ca­tions are due: Fri­day, April 3rd at 5 pm

Ques­tions? Email Lilly Camp­bell ( or OWRC (


Oboist Reclaims Mozart’s Lost Contemporaries

Does the name Jan Antonín Koželuh mean any­thing to you? It doesn’t reg­is­ter even to most clas­si­cal music geeks. But Albrecht Mayer would like to change that.

Mayer, the Berlin Phil­har­monic’s prin­ci­pal oboist, chose a con­certo by Koželuh and works by three other for­got­ten 18th-century com­posers for the new album Lost and Found. Mayer solos in the con­cer­tos and con­ducts the Kam­mer­akademie Potsdam.

How did he dis­cover these neglected com­posers? Online, of course. At least that’s where his research began.”

For the full story, please see

Does your class use streaming audio or video reserves? If so, we want to hear from you!

The Libraries are cur­rently review­ing our stream­ing media prod­uct.  If you had assigned stream­ing audio or video reserves as part of your course, we want to hear from you!  We would appre­ci­ate your feed­back in eval­u­at­ing our stream­ing prod­uct by answer­ing this short, anony­mous sur­vey.  The sur­vey is open until 5PM Fri­day, March 13th.  Thank you for your assistance!

Stu­dent Survey

Fac­ulty Survey

New York Philharmonic Adds More Material/Open Access Data to Digital Archive (4th Release)

The fourth release of mate­r­ial in the New York Phil­har­monic Leon Levy Dig­i­tal Archives — the mul­ti­year ini­tia­tive to dig­i­tize the Orchestra’s exten­sive archives, funded by the Leon Levy Foun­da­tion — has been com­pleted, with all exist­ing Phil­har­monic printed pro­grams, from the first con­cert in 1842 to the present, now avail­able online, and cur­rent printed pro­grams being added every con­cert week.”

For the full story, please see Library Jour­nal.

You’ve Never Heard These Odd Instruments Hidden At UW

The door to room 5 at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton School of Music is solid wood, noth­ing to dis­tin­guish it from other classrooms.

But inside this cramped space is a col­lec­tion of unusual instru­ments, hand­crafted to play one man’s music.

They were built by Amer­i­can com­poser Harry Partch, who relied on a musi­cal sys­tem called ‘just intonation.’”

For the full story, please see KUOW.

Robert Leland Scandrett: December 29, 1925 — November 30, 2014

We have lost Robert Leland Scan­drett. He died sud­denly, in his Seat­tle home, of heart failure.

Bob was born in 1925, into a lov­ing fam­ily in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He grew up as a musi­cian, an accom­plished pianist in his child­hood and youth, then turn­ing to choral con­duct­ing pro­fes­sion­ally. Bob mar­ried San­dra Rot­ton Scan­drett in 1966 and they loved each other through many choirs, troves of music stu­dents, and a wealth of beau­ti­ful friend­ships for all the years until his death. Bob leaves behind a rich legacy for love, com­mu­nity, and music.”

Read the full account of Scandrett’s life.

Scholars’ Studio: Play Proposal Deadline Extended

Grad Stu­dents and Post­docs: Is your research on play?  Are you look­ing for oppor­tu­ni­ties to present your work, and build your C.V.? Inter­ested in get­ting feed­back on your pre­sen­ta­tion style? Want to con­nect with grad­u­ate stu­dents out­side your discipline?

Sub­mit a short, 150-word pro­posal by Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 11th at Noon  (dead­line extended)  to present at Schol­ars’ Stu­dio: Play Research at the Com­mons on March 5th.  Schol­ars’ Stu­dio is a fun, infor­mal event that fea­tures lightning-style pre­sen­ta­tions (5 min­utes each) given by grad­u­ate stu­dents and post­docs doing research on top­ics related to an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary theme.

This quar­ter, we’re look­ing for pro­pos­als from across dis­ci­plines that touch on our theme, “play”. Need ideas? Think: inter­ac­tion, per­for­mance, cre­ativ­ity, impro­vi­sa­tion, coop­er­a­tion, games, psy­chol­ogy of play, move­ment, recre­ation, sport, problem-solving.

Hosted by the UW Libraries Research Com­mons and The Grad­u­ate School Core Pro­grams, Schol­ars’ Stu­dio gives stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to share their research across dis­ci­plines, make con­nec­tions and build pre­sen­ta­tion skills.

Learn more and sub­mit a pro­posal here: