A Seattle Composer Staged The Ultimate ‘Unplugged’ Concert In An Empty 2-Million-Gallon Water Tank

“When Stuart Dempster learned about the empty two-million gallon water tank on the Olympic Peninsula, he had one thought: he had to make music there. Dempster is a well-known composer and trombonist, an emeritus professor at the University of Washington with a longstanding interest in recording music out in unusual spaces.”

Read the full story at KPLU.org.

Musicking Conference Call for Proposals

Early Music Conference “Musicking: Performance, Politics & Personalities”

CFP Deadline: November 15, 2015

Conference Dates: April 12-16, 2016  http://blogs.uoregon.edu/musicking/

University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Eugene, Oregon

The University of Oregon Collegium Musicum ensemble is delighted to present its first annual conference: “MUSICKING: PERFORMANCE, POLITICS, & PERSONALITIES” to be held in the UO, School of Music and Dance in Eugene, OR (location: Collier House, at University and 13th Streets), from 12 to 16 April, 2016. Through scholarly panels, educational performance classes, and public performances, this conference will unite the individual personalities that comprise our performance and academic cultures and encourage cross-collaboration in the spirit of musicking.

The goal of this conference is to stimulate student and community interest in early music and historical performance practice studies by offering five days of academic scholarship, educational performance classes, and a variety of performances that will be free and open to all students and community members. This year, paper sessions will be organized around five specific topics: Music and Rhetoric; What is Italian in Italian Music?; Mathematics, Science, and Instrumental Music; Romanticism and Historical Performance Practice; and Alessandro Stradella’s Oratorio, San Giovanni Battista. Applicants are encouraged to blur the academic distinctions of musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, education, modern performance practices, historical performance practice, and other academic fields, and consider the conference topics through a lens of Musicking, in all its possible facets.

The Conference Committee welcomes individual paper proposals: abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted. Proposals should include two files: an anonymous submission including a title and the abstract; and a second file including the title, author’s name and a short (5-line) biography of the presenter. The abstract should specify the thesis/main topic of research, the state of research and sources used, and the relevance of the author’s thesis to the conference purpose and topics. Please send abstracts and proposals by Sunday, November 15, 2015. Notices of acceptance will be sent by Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Materials should be submitted directly through the conference website http://blogs.uoregon.edu/musicking/.

For more information and a detailed schedule of conference events please visit http://blogs.uoregon.edu/musicking/

Presentation Opportunity at the Research Commons

Are you a graduate student or postdoc candidate looking for opportunities to present your research? Do you need feedback on your presentation style? Submit a proposal BY SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th for the next Scholars’ Studio, Thursday, November 19th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Presentation Place in the Research Commons.

This quarter’s theme is Translate.  Think about translating words or literature into music, field recordings into digital scholarship, teaching into performance, and more.

See our Call for Proposals 

Join us for the Active Learning Classroom Open House, 11/19, 3:30-4:30pm

Curious about active learning at UW? Want to chat with instructors experienced in using the Active Learning Classrooms? Join us for the Active Learning Classroom open house in Odegaard Library. Instructors from across campus will share their experiences and active learning strategies.


Who:     Michelle Averill, SPH 381, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences / Nutritional Sciences

Alison Crowe, BIOL 401, Biology

Steve Groening, C LIT 397, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media

Sara Lopez, EDUC 210, Education

Linda Martin-Morris, BIOL 355, Biology

Nicole McNichols, PSYCH 445, Psychology

When: Thursday, November 19, 3:30 to 4:30PM

Where: Odegaard Library Active Learning Classroom 136

Co-sponsored by Odegaard Library, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and UW-IT Learning Technologies.

ALC instructors will lead informal conversations on teaching topics of interest, such as developing student teamwork and presentation skills and fostering equitable student participation. Bring your device and your active learning questions; participants can try out the ALC technology and talk with representatives from CTL, UW-IT LT and Odegaard Library. Refreshments will be served. RSVP here (while RSVPs are not required, they are appreciated).

About the ALCs: Odegaard Undergraduate Library features two state-of-the-art Active Learning Classrooms, which hold 63 students and 90 students. The ALCs are designed to promote peer learning, student engagement, and increased student-instructor contact.