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Symposium on Music, Sound and the Environment
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When: Monday, April 4, 2016
Where: East Tennessee State University, Reece Museum
363 Stout Drive
Johnson City, Tennessee  37614
United States
Contact: ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies

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JOHNSON CITY – A Symposium on Music, Sound and the Environment will be held at East Tennessee State University on Monday, April 4, hosted by the Department of Appalachian Studies.

This symposium brings together internationally renowned scholars and scientists who specialize in music, sound and the environment for a public conversation and discussion. 

Sessions will take place from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Reece Museum, with a break for dinner from 5-7 p.m.

The free public symposium will address what is known about sound and nature, and music and culture, in relation to the environment, both now and in the past.  Other topics include the place of composers, musicians, instrument-builders and other friends of music in the environmental movement of the future, as well as why sound itself is important to life on Earth.

Participants include:

Dr. Aaron S. Allen, director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and associate professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as co-editor of the collection “Current Directions in Ecomusicology,” whose research aims to understand how music and sound matter regarding their intellectual and environmental impact;

Dr. Chad S. Hamill, associate professor and chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies and special adviser to the president on Native American Affairs at Northern Arizona University, who explores how traditional Indigenous songs reflect and embody physical landscapes within Indigenous communities and their ancestral territories;

Scott McFarland, biologist and regional resource specialist with the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, which was established in 2011 and helps parks manage sounds in a way that balances access to the park with the expectations of visitors and the protection of resources;

Dr. Mark Pedelty, professor at the University of Minnesota and resident fellow of the Institute on the Environment, who conducts research on music, sound and the environment and is the author of “Ecomusicology” and an upcoming book on environmentalist musicians, “A Song to Save the Salish Sea”;

Dr. Jeff Todd Titon, professor emeritus at Brown University and current chairholder of the Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science at ETSU, who applies insights from ethnomusicology, ecological economics and animal sound communication to the study of diversity and sustainability in music, sound and the environment; and

Dr. Denise Von Glahn, Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology, coordinator of the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Area and director of the Center for Music of the Americas at Florida State University, who has written two books broadly related to the topics of music, nature and place: “The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape” and “Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World.”

The Reece Museum is located at 363 Stout Drive on the ETSU campus.

For more information, call the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies at 423-439-7072.


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