Director’s Welcome

The School of Music in Boston University’s College of Fine Arts is the oldest degree-granting music school in the United States, and today it is one of the country’s most vibrant, forward-thinking institutions in the arts. Students in the SOM participate in a true conservatory-style educational environment, while simultaneously studying in a top-tier research university. Historically, the sounds of great European composers filled our studios and practice rooms. Today, such works are in concert with great musical traditions from around the world and from world-class Black and other underrepresented and sometimes overlooked composers. The CFA School of Music is committed to the inclusion of a diversity of musical traditions in its repertoires and classroom course content. It is also committed to providing an antiracist living and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

During our challenging times, teaching and making art during a pandemic may seem misguided. However, it is the right time to continue to develop the minds, fingers, and voices of our students; it is our core mission—it is our passion. At this time of COVID-19, art matters. MUSIC matters!

Dr. Gregory Melchor-Barz, Director

READ: BU CFA SCHOOL OF MUSIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PLANS

 

Performance Opportunity through SoM Interdisciplinary Committee

By Cami SylviaDecember 15th, 2020in News

We are going to be organizing another community performance opportunity with some of our off-campus connections. The IDC has several longstanding relationships with senior and assisted living centers in the greater Boston area. We would love to put together a collection of performances by CFA students to be played on the closed-circuit TV systems in these venues.  The recordings will only be shared within these off-campus communities. Many of these community members have been confined to their rooms for months and some shared music will be a welcome reprieve in their isolation. We are interested in works by all composers, but in keeping with the SOMARI initiatives for the school year we hope to be able to feature music by underrepresented composers. The deadline for you to submit your recorded performance is 5PM on February 1, 2021 via this online application.

You do not need a nomination from your applied teacher. To apply, we ask that the piece you choose to share be brought to lessons for coaching prior to the recording so that we can truly present the best CFA has to offer. In recording for this event, students are encouraged to use “at-home” spaces and equipment to capture the flavor of this unique year. This will also allow fully-remote students to participate on an equal footing with students on campus. However, we are happy to coordinate recording equipment and spaces within CFA if necessary. If you have any questions or suggestions about the Interdisciplinary Committee's plan for events this year, please direct questions to Graduate Assistant Jackie Bartling-John.

Student Services Update Friday, December 11, 2020

By Cami SylviaDecember 11th, 2020in News

Happy Friday and happy almost end-of-semester! Best of luck on your finals and juries. 😉

Here are the updates for the week. ⬇️

Hey, Sophomores and Juniors! Apply for the Spring 2021 Yawkey Nonprofit Internship Program!

The program criteria for the Spring 2021 reflects the continuation of LfA:

  • Students with internships outside of the Boston area are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Students with virtual internships (either inside or outside of the Boston area) are eligible to apply for funding.
  • Students will have the option to choose between 2 stipend tiers – 120hr/$2000 stipend or 60hr/$1000 stipend

Final Deadline: January 10, 2021

For more information, check out this flyer.


CALL FOR PAPERS!

Meeting of Worlds: Traditional Instruments and Their Role in Contemporary Composition.
Website: International Shakuhachi Festival Prague 2021 Symposium | Flyer: Call for Papers

Organized by NEIRO Association for Expanding Arts in cooperation with the Music Theory Department, Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague


CFA Building Access for Winter Recess

Read below for CFA building access during Intersession (Dec. 24 – Jan. 3 ) and the period between Intersession and Spring Semester (Jan. 4 – 24).

855 Commonwealth Ave and 820 Commonwealth Ave (Booth Theatre)

Christmas/Intersession ➡️ 12/24 (starting at 12pm) through 1/2 ➡️ C L O S E D

Winter Break ➡️ 1/3 to 1/24 ➡️ Card Access only*

*CFA students, staff, and faculty will have card swipe access to 855 Comm. Ave. and 820 Comm. Ave. daily between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. Anyone utilizing this access is REQUIRED to follow BU’s health and safety protocols including daily symptom attestation surveys and COVID testing as appropriate for your assigned testing category, in addition to any federal, state, or local regulations. All BU testing sites will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 2, to allow for anyone on campus to remain in compliance of testing requirements. Adhering to current face-covering policies, physical distancing requirements, and regular hand washing and sanitizing recommendations is expected of any BU student, staff, and faculty member.

808 Commonwealth Ave

Christmas/Intersession ➡️ 12/24 (starting at 12pm) through 1/2 ➡️ C L O S E D

Winter Break ➡️ 1/3 to 1/24 ➡️ Regular Bldg. Hours (8:00 am–9:00 pm daily)

Student Services Update Friday, December 4, 2020

By Cami SylviaDecember 4th, 2020in News

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a relaxing, filling Thanksgiving!

Here are the updates for the week. ⬇️

Student Course Evaluations:

All student course evaluations will be conducted online this semester as well as all semesters moving forward.

To access course evaluations, students can use this LINK. Please note that:

  • Evaluations are accessible on both computer and mobile device platforms.
  • Students will sign in using their BU ID and Kerberos password.
  • Even though students sign in for access, all responses are anonymized.

The link will be available to all students from 8 a.m. Friday, December 4th, and remain open for access through 11:59 p.m. Friday, December 11th.

Students should keep in mind the importance of student course evaluations:

  • Evaluations provide valuable course feedback to the faculty and to the SoM.

Evaluations are used as part of the faculty evaluation process.


Need a Study Break?

Destress and have some fun with playdough & a popcorn snack, and join on Remo for a chance to win a GrubHub gift card with trivia questions throughout the event! Grab materials from the BU Arts Initiative Office in the GSU, or bring your own. Register at: buai-playdough.eventbrite.com 

Student Services Update Friday, November 20, 2020

By Cami SylviaNovember 20th, 2020in News

Happy almost Thanksgiving!

I hope this will be a time of rest and relaxation, wherever you spend the holiday.

Next Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27, the CFA building will be closed for the holiday, and Card access only on Saturday and Sunday.


Updates:

We have a new online form for juries and recitals which will replace the old-school paper forms! Please continue to discuss repertoire and other scheduling details with your applied teacher and/or department chair.

And remember to check out the Competitions and Awards page!


Opportunities beyond BU:

Check out 1:2:1, a new music intensive from Jan. 3-10, 2021 for composers and performers on ANY instrument. The application is free and easy to do, but due on 11/25.


Find more here.

Student Services Update Friday, November 13, 2020

By Cami SylviaNovember 13th, 2020in News

Happy Friday! The semester may be winding down, but our stress and anxiety level is rising. Check out the terrific resources sponsored by the Wellbeing Project.

And remember to check out the Competitions and Awards page!


Hey undergrads! Looking for a music history course to satisfy your music history electives? Check it out! Music of Africa


Opportunities beyond BU: http://clma.nonprofitmusic.org


Check out 1:2:1, a new music intensive from Jan. 3-10, 2021 for composers and performers on ANY instrument. The application is free and easy to do, but due on 11/25.

Student Services Update November 6, 2020

By Cami SylviaNovember 6th, 2020in News

Happy Friday!

Remember, today is the last day to drop a course with a W. You can consult the University Registrar for registration dates and times. Remember to check your compliance status on your Student Link and resolve any issues before registration opens. 😄

And remember to check out the Competitions and Awards page!


Check it out!

http://clma.nonprofitmusic.org


Female Vocalists, Social Media, and Cultural Policy in Islamic Iran

Nahid Siamdoust is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Anthropology of Religion and the Colorado Scholar

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

To receive the Zoom link, please register here:  
https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i0Iurp5WQJmv9PUIhQaP_w

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Save the date for our spring lectures!

Gods, Guns, and Girls: Gender, Agency, and Spirituality in a Congolese Rebel Movement
Georgette Ledgister (Agnes Scott College)
Visiting Lecturer on Women's Studies and African Religions
Thu., February 11 at noon EST

A Gendered Analysis of an Egyptian Mortuary Ritual
Mariam Ayad (The American University in Cairo)
Visiting Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Near Eastern Religions
Thu., March 4 at noon EST

Student Services Update Friday, October 30, 2020

By Cami SylviaOctober 30th, 2020in News

🎃 Happy Friday! 🍬 Happy Halloween! 🦇

Hey Grad Students who are on campus: want a cool new BU face mask? If so, come on by the School of Music office weekdays 9:00am-5:00 pm and pick up your free mask just in time for Halloween. Be the envy of all your friends!


Check it out! Great $$$ opportunities for undergrads and grad students, COVID or no COVID! Read all about it below:

* Clare Hodgson Meeker Fellowships * | * Graduate Student Travel Assistance Fund *


Music Ed Faculty Dr. Vu is presenting to the Kilachand Honors College on his co-edited volume with André de Quadros, My Body Was Left on the Street: Music Education and Displacement (Brill, 2020). 

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm (EDT)

Zoom Info:

The Event: This session is part of a semester-long speaker series hosted by Boston University’s Kilachand Honors College as well as an educational of the university’s Residence Life and Faculty-In-Residence program.


Tune into a Live Zoom discussion on orchestra careers on the OrchestraCareers.com channel. The discussion will be focused on "Interview Prep" and is this Saturday, October 31 at 10am CT/11am ET on Zoom.  We will talk about how to prepare for an interview, including:

  • what questions to anticipate
  • how to gain the confidence to showcase your best self
  • AND how to meet the needs of the employer

ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83320862504?pwd=Z2tvcDlidGRzc0x6aGcrYXR5MENKQT09

Meeting ID: 833 2086 2504 | Passcode: 134072


CM and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) are now accepting applications for the 2021-23 Class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows. Applications are due December 1 and pre-screening materials are due November 15.


Social Impact Seed Grants

Student Services Update Friday, October 23, 2020

By Cami SylviaOctober 23rd, 2020in News

Here are the updates for the week.


2020 STRING DEPARTMENT BACH COMPETITION

    From Michelle LaCourse: Earlier in September, the Applied Committee statement (sent to all in the Director’s Musings email) noted that this competition and others would proceed this year very close to the 2019-20 timelines. I’m now happy to announce that Links for Rules & Guidelines and the Application form for this year’s String Dept Bach Competition and Concert are now live. Students wishing to participate in the Competition must submit an entry form and pre-recorded video electronically by Tuesday, November 24, 2020, no later than 11:59 pm ET, using the online application found on the BU School of Music Bridge.

    The competition to perform in the Bach Competition Winners’ Concert is open to all BU String Department Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass Majors who are registered for lessons AND enrolled in one of the following programs of study: BM, MM, PD, AD, or DMA.

    Please see the above Rules & Guidelines document for more details. There will be a streamed Winners’ Concert airing before semester break, produced and promoted by the School of Music and CFA.

    Questions? Contact: Prof. LaCourse at michevla@hotmail.com


    2021 SOLOISTS’ COMPETITION

    ELIGIBILITY

    • The Soloists’ Competition for Performance with Orchestra is open to all School of Music students who are registered for lessons AND enrolled in one of the following programs of study: BM, MM, DMA, PD, AD, OI.
    • Previous winners of the Soloists’ Competition are not eligible to enter while still enrolled in the same degree or diploma program.
    • Contestants must present a substantial work.  Repertoire may not be a transcription or an arrangement unless authorized by the conductor of the ensemble. Complete works must be presented on the recording.  Participants must perform from memory – no exceptions will be made.  Each contestant must provide his/her own collaborative pianist.  If contestant is unable to secure a collaborative pianist, student may record their concerto unaccompanied.

    ENTRY FORMS, VIDEO RECORDINGS, AND DEADLINE

    • Students wishing to participate in the Competition must submit their proposed repertoire via the 2021 Soloists’ Competition Repertoire Approval Form Friday, November 13, 2020 by 11:59 PM ET.  Repertoire is subject to the approval and confirmation of repertoire approval will be sent to applicants by Friday, November 20, 2020.
    • If a student’s initial repertoire request is not approved, the student has until Friday, December 4, 2020 to submit an alternative request. Repertoire submission is again subject to the approval and confirmation of second repertoire approval will be sent to applicants by Friday, December 11, 2020.
    • Upon receiving repertoire approval students must submit the Soloists’ Competition Application and links to pre-recorded video electronically by Friday, January 29, 2021, by no later than 11:59 pm ET. The Soloists’ Competition Application will go live on Monday, December 14, 2020.
    • Applicants must obtain the approval of their applied teacher.  Proof of approval must be sent from the appropriate faculty member via an email to the Student Life and Honors Committee Chair, Prof. Daniel Doña (dldona@bu.eduby the application deadline (1/29/21).
    • Please plan ahead to account for the extra time video uploads and faculty approval emails will take to get a complete application in by the deadline.  NO LATE/INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE STATED APPLICATION DEADLINE.

    Interdisciplinary Committee – Still Accepting Applications for Student Performances

    We have received wonderful applications so far, but would love to have a couple more participants to round out the program. The original deadline of October 16 has passed, but if you are still interested in joining, please submit an application ASAP via the MusicBridge! See original program information below (shared via Musings on October 2, 2020).

    Due to COVID-19, the Interdisciplinary Committee’s (IDC) original mission of providing live outreach opportunities for students both inside and outside the BU community must be reformatted; we are going online. These events will be available on the Boston University CFA website and accessible from anywhere in the world.

    One of our virtual events will feature music students performing solo works by composers of underrepresented communities. We would love to encourage students of marginalized communities to participate, and SOMARI students have been encouraged to take the lead on this.

    You do not need a nomination from your applied teacher. To apply, we ask that the piece you choose to share be brought to lessons for coaching prior to the recording so that we can truly present the best CFA has to offer. In recording for this event, students are encouraged to use “at-home” spaces and equipment to capture the flavor of this unique year. This will also allow fully-remote students to participate on an equal footing with students on campus. However, we are happy to coordinate recording equipment and spaces within CFA if necessary. If you have any questions or suggestions about the Interdisciplinary Committee's plan for events this year, please direct questions to graduate assistant Jackie Bartling-John.


    Q's Influential QTPOC in History Workshop - TODAY

    Join us and the Minority Connection Initiative (MCI) at Influential QTPOC in History, an interactive history workshop on queer and trans BIPOC hosted by History UnErased. The workshop will introduce LGBTQ+ history through the lenses of race and gender, from pre-colonial America through the mid-20th century. It will focus on the Queer and Trans BIPOC who fought for the rights Queer people have today.

    The Influential QTPOC in History workshop will take place over Zoom today from 5-6:30 pm. It will be open to the BU community. Students can register here.


    Welcome to the Wellbeing Project

    The Wellbeing Project is a new campus-wide initiative to support students’ health and wellness during their time at BU. We believe that everyone deserves to feel good and that how students feel matters. Our collective goal – as administrators, faculty and staff – is to inspire our students to feel fulfilled each day, despite the ups and downs of life on campus.


    SEED grants

    In partnership with Innovate@BU, CFA is offering Social Impact Seed grants to encourage students to kick-start a project. Grants are up to $500 and applications are due November 6. For more info, including information session dates, click here.


    Interdisciplinary Arts Programming Grants for Spring 2021 Projects

    Apply by Friday, October 30

    Applications are now open for Spring 2021 projects looking for up to $2,000 in funding. If you, a colleague or a BU student are planning a program that is open to any BU student, engaging them in the arts or exploring the intersection of arts and other academic disciplines, this grant opportunity is for you!

    Priority will be given to projects that embrace the university priorities of inclusion and enhance the student-life experience.

    For a full list of criteria and to access the application, visit our website.


    Call for Submissions Harvard Graduate Music Forum Virtual Conference, Feb. 19-20, 2021 

    Conference Website: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/gmf21

     To Begin Again: Music, Apocalypse, and Social Change

    In the midst of a pandemic, environmental disasters, post-truth politics, and glaring social injustices, the global atmosphere feels apocalyptic. As we doomscroll our way through “unprecedented times,” music moves along with us, enabling individual expression, collective response, or momentary distraction in the face of impossibly challenging circumstances.

    If an apocalypse is an “end of times,” apocalyptic events serve as new beginnings and catalysts for massive change. On varying scales, apocalypses have happened and will continue to happen. Intersectional analyses of phenomena such as chattel slavery, colonization, and climate change reveal the disproportionate effects of these ongoing apocalyptic processes on marginalized communities. Recent calls for abolition and reconstruction – change that dismantles old systems while creating new ones – have rung out nationwide, and echo beyond US borders. And throughout these world-ending and world-beginning events, music participates and persists.

    The 2021 Harvard Graduate Music Forum Conference seeks to examine how music, musicians, sound, and musical objects address apocalyptic concepts and theories, broadly construed. We welcome proposals from graduate students in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, music composition, performance, and anyone interested in music beyond these sub-disciplines. Presenters are invited to submit a proposal for papers, lecture-recitals, or other scholarly presentations on any subject of musical interest.

    Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

    • sonic or musical objects specifically addressing apocalypse or large-scale disaster
    • post-apocalyptic futures and abolitionism
    • music and spiritual/religious apocalypse
    • musically-oriented speculations about alternative or post-apocalyptic realities (e.g. Afrofuturism, magical realism, etc.)
    • music and (social) revolution
    • historical discourses on music, time, and the future

    Abstracts should be limited to 200 words for presentations; those seeking to offer a lecture-recital or other alternative format may exceed these limits if warranted.

    Please submit your abstract via this Google Form: https://forms.gle/6GvaWcSW6Lb1ZgAk7

    by Monday, November 23rd. If you have any questions, please email the co-chairs of this conference, Cana McGhee and Siriana Lundgren at gmfconference2021@gmail.com.


    Student Services Update Friday, October 16, 2020

    By Cami SylviaOctober 16th, 2020in News

    Happy Friday! Here are the updates for the week.


    2021 SOLOISTS’ COMPETITION

    ELIGIBILITY

    • The Soloists’ Competition for Performance with Orchestra is open to all School of Music students who are registered for lessons AND enrolled in one of the following programs of study: BM, MM, DMA, PD, AD, OI.
    • Previous winners of the Soloists’ Competition are not eligible to enter while still enrolled in the same degree or diploma program.
    • Contestants must present a substantial work.  Repertoire may not be a transcription or an arrangement unless authorized by the conductor of the ensemble.  Complete works must be presented on the recording.  Participants must perform from memory – no exceptions will be made – and the recording must be done in one complete take (see next section for more details). Each contestant must provide his/her own collaborative pianist.  If a contestant is unable to secure a collaborative pianist, the student may record their concerto unaccompanied.

    ENTRY FORMS, VIDEO RECORDINGS, AND DEADLINE

    • Students wishing to participate in the Competition must submit their proposed repertoire via the 2021 Soloists’ Competition Repertoire Approval Form by Friday, November 13, 2020 by 11:59 PM ET.  Repertoire is subject to the approval and confirmation of repertoire approval will be sent to applicants by Friday, November 20, 2020.
    • If a student’s initial repertoire request is not approved, the student has until Friday, December 4, 2020 to submit an alternative request. Repertoire submission is again subject to the approval and confirmation of second repertoire approval will be sent to applicants by Friday, December 11, 2020.
    • Upon receiving repertoire approval, students must submit the Soloists’ Competition Application and links to pre-recorded video electronically by Friday, January 29, 2021, no later than 11:59 PM ET. The Soloists’ Competition Application will go live on Monday, December 14, 2020.
    • Applicants must obtain the approval of their applied teacher.  Proof of approval must be sent from the appropriate faculty member via an email to the Student Life and Honors Committee Chair, Prof. Daniel Doña (dldona@bu.eduby the application deadline (1/29/21).
    • Please plan ahead to account for the extra time video uploads and faculty approval emails will take to get a complete application in by the deadline.  NO LATE/INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE STATED APPLICATION DEADLINE.

        Download the Guidelines for more details.



        Welcome to the Wellbeing Project

        The Wellbeing Project is a new campus-wide initiative to support students’ health and wellness during their time at BU. We believe that everyone deserves to feel good and that how students feel matters. Our collective goal – as administrators, faculty and staff – is to inspire our students to feel fulfilled each day, despite the ups and downs of life on campus.


        Check out the Center for Career Development Virtual Career Fair on 10/21. Students need to register beforehand.


        Interdisciplinary Arts Programming Grants for Spring 2021 Projects

        Apply by Friday, October 30

        Applications are now open for Spring 2021 projects looking for up to $2,000 in funding. If you, a colleague or a BU student are planning a program that is open to any BU student, engaging them in the arts or exploring the intersection of arts and other academic disciplines, this grant opportunity is for you!

        Priority will be given to projects that embrace the university priorities of inclusion and enhance the student-life experience.

        For a full list of criteria and to access the application, visit our website.