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September 2019

Reflecting on the Past…Reaching toward the Future, II

September 13, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am EDT
E. V. Moore Building (University of Michigan), 1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
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This conference focuses on the curation of music of the African Diaspora for future research and performance from September 12-15, 2019. Through a series of lectures, panels and performances by leading scholars, composers and performers, attendees will discuss rediscovered operas, have conversations on the newly created operas on African American themes, hear a workshop performance of Edmonia by William Banfield, discuss sociopolitical musical thought, and the 400 year suite (commemorating 400 years since the beginning of slavery), discuss innovations in…

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October 2019

It’s Ladies’ Night–Spirituals by Women Composers

October 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Carman Center, Mayflower Community, 616 Broad St.
Grinnell, IA 50112 United States
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Soprano Randye Jones and pianist Marlys Grimm present a mini-program of spirituals by Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Maria Thompson, Undine Smith Moore, Julia Perry and Betty Jackson King.

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Must You Be Black to Sing Spirituals?

October 22, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
Marshelltown Public Library, 105 W Boone St
Marshalltown, IA 50158 United States
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Author and musician Randye Jones will discuss the question of whether non-Black singers--either soloists or choirs--should study and perform Negro spirituals. She will spend some time on historical concerns, on points to consider when deciding whether to study spirituals and on some thoughts about using dialect in performance. Jones’ presentation will serve as an opportunity for attendees to participate as well—after all, how can folks talk about singing without doing some. The program is free and open to the public.

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November 2019

Carry Me Home: A Story of the Underground Railroad Told in Song

November 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
First Presbyterian Church, 220 N. 2nd Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208 United States
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A concert of Negro spirituals performed by soprano Randye Jones and pianist Marlys Grimm. The spirituals, set by composer Harry T. Burleigh, along with excerpts from slave narratives, tell a story of the historic Underground Railroad and the escapees who took the perilous journey to freedom.

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Carry Me Home: A Story of the Underground Railroad Told in Song

November 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
Herrick Chapel, Grinnell College, 1128 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112 United States
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A concert of Negro spirituals performed by soprano Randye Jones and pianist Marlys Grimm. The spirituals, set by composer Harry T. Burleigh, along with excerpts from slave narratives, tell a story of the historic Underground Railroad and the escapees who took the perilous journey to freedom. The program is free and open to the public.

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Book Talk: So You Want to Sing Spirituals

November 20, 2019 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm CST
Burling Library, Grinnell College, 1111 6th Ave.
Grinnell, IA 50112 United States
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Author and musician Randye Jones will discuss her new book, So You Want to Sing Spirituals: A Guide for Performers. Although the book covers a range of subjects related to studying concert spirituals both for solo voice and choral forces, Jones’ current plan for the talk is to focus on the question of whether non-Black students should study and perform these songs. The presentation will spend some time on historical concerns, on points to consider when deciding whether to study…

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December 2019

Book Talk: “So You Want to Sing Spirituals”

December 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Oxon Hills Branch Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745 United States
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Free

Author and musician Randye Jones will discuss her new book, So You Want to Sing Spirituals: A Guide for Performers. Although the book covers a range of subjects related to studying concert spirituals both for solo voice and choral forces, Jones’ current plan for the talk is to discuss the beautiful "rare gems" in the spirituals song literature and their composers. Jones’ book talk will serve as an opportunity for attendees to participate as well—after all you can’t talk about…

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February 2020

Paraprofessional Showcase-MLA Conference

February 27 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CST
Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510 United States
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Randye Jones will give a presentation about her current research activities, including her recently released book, So You Want to Sing Spirituals: A Guide for Performers, and the new project, Recorded Concert Spirituals: A Guide for Solo Vocalists. This Music Library Association Conference Paraprofessional Showcase session will highlight the work of Paraprofessional Members of the Association through a series of five “lightning” presentations. These short presentations will convey the many different hats that library support staff wear and describe their…

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October 2020

The Art of the Negro Spiritual

October 12 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CDT
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Presentation on performing concert spirituals for solo voice as well as discussion of whether non-Black singers should study and perform spirituals. For undergraduate and graduate voice students at University of Iowa

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Researching the Negro Spiritual

October 22 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
Zoom Meeting, Online Presentation

From: Buehner, Katie R
Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:44:46 AM
To: Jones, Randye
Cc: Kathleen Abromeit ; Hickner, Paula ; wpscharf@indiana.edu
Subject: Midwest MLA 2020 Presentation Proposal

Dear Randye,

On behalf on the Midwest Chapter of the Music Library Association, we are happy to inform you that your proposed presentation, “Researching the Negro Spiritual,” has been accepted by the Program Committee for the Chapter’s upcoming fall 2020 meeting, October 22-23.

As you know, the meeting will be held online using Zoom. If you are not familiar with or don’t have access to Zoom, please contact a member of the Program Committee listed below. Information about presenter use of Zoom will be forthcoming.

We are looking forward to your presentation and thank you for your willingness to contribute to the success of the Midwest Chapter’s meeting. You can find the program and registration information at http://mwmla.blog.musiclibraryassoc.org/2020-meeting/

Best regards,

Katie Buehner, chair, MLA-MW Program Committee buehner@gmail.com
Paula Hickner paula.hickner@uky.edu
Will Scharfenberger wpscharf@indiana.edu

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Katie Buehner (she/her/hers)
Head, Rita Benton Music Library
93 E. Burlington St., Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Office: 319-335-3088
mus-lib@uiowa.edu

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