Three Colorado College students will present papers at the April 15-16 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology-Southwest Chapter, which will be held at Colorado College. The three CC students are the only undergraduates to present at the conference.
Caitlin Bette-Waner ’11, a music major, will present a paper titled “The Apache Mountain God Dance: A Musical Analysis.” Her conference paper is based on her senior thesis. Stephan Gordon ’11 will discuss “Music, Trance, and Healing in Bali.” He is majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences; his conference paper is based on his senior thesis. Andrew Salimbeni ’11 will present a paper titled “Regional Style in Balinese Gender Wayang Music: A Preliminary Study.” Salimbeni is a music major whose conference paper is based on an independent study project he undertook during the summer and fall of 2010.
The Regional Music Scholars Conference involves the Rocky Mountain/Southwest Chapters of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Musicological Society, and the Society for Music Theory. All presenting students have been working with Music Professor Victoria Levine on their senior theses and independent study projects.
Additionally, Tendai Muparutsa, who joined the music department in October as director of the African Music Ensemble, will present a performance workshop on Zimbabwean music on Saturday. Muparutsa, who was born and raised in Zimbabwe, is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta. A specialist in African musical cultures and the performance of Southern African traditional and pop music, Muparutsa’s dissertation focuses on the role of American women in the global revival of Zimbabwean traditional music.
The conference was organized by Richard Agee and Nilanjana Bhattacharjya of the music department.