Visiting Committee Brings Leading Scholars to the Department

This year we are proud to host a number of visitors to the Department.  Composer Jan Radzynski, Professor at Ohio State University, is visiting in fall quarter and again in spring, teaching composition lessons while Shulamit Ran and Marta Ptaszynska are on quarter-long leaves.  A Yale graduate and old friend to the Department where he has taught twice in the past, Jan studied with Penderecki and Druckman before taking up his current post at Ohio State University and has had compositions performed by orchestras and chamber groups worldwide. Musicologist Emilio Ros-Fábregas, a specialist in Spanish music historiography, holds the Joan Coromines Chair in Catalan Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.  In his regular life, he is a “Permanent Researcher” at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish National Research Council) in Barcelona.  He is joined by his wife Dr. María Gembero Ustárroz, who comes as a Visiting Scholar.  Also a Permanent Researcher at the CSIC, Maria is a scholar of 16th-19th-century Spanish and Latin American music history and musical relationships between Spain and Latin America.

In winter, music theorist Jan Philipp Sprick will be teaching here on a DAAD.  Jan teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany. At Chicago he will be teaching a course for undergraduate majors on “Beethoven Analysis” and a graduate seminar on “Repetition.”  His spouse Dr. Marion Fleige, an assistant professor of education at the Technical University at Chemnitz, Germany, will also be here, as a Visiting Scholar with Chicago’s Committee on Education in the Social Sciences Division.

Music theorist Professor Martin Eybl of the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, a specialist on Schenker, is with us as Visiting Scholar in fall and winter and will be teaching as a Fulbright Scholar in spring.  Among his courses will be a seminar on “Reading Schenker.”  Prof. Eybl’s other research focuses on aesthetics and theories of early-20th-century music and music in 18th-century Austria.  He is accompanied by his daughter Charlotte, who is attending high school for the year in Lincoln Park.

Also coming for several weeks in mid-winter, through the Center for Eastern European Studies, is Slovenian ethnomusicologist Prof. Svanibor Pettan, who will participate in several major conferences, lecture, and attend workshops.  Svanibor is professor and chair of the ethnomusicology program at the University of Ljubljana and Secretary General of the International Council for Traditional Music.  His fieldwork has ranged widely from Zanzibar and Egypt to Kosovo, and elsewhere.

Stay tuned for more news of visitors as we prepare to welcome in 2012-13 for a quarter each: Prof. Nicolas Cook as Lurcy Professor and Prof. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo Branco as Tinker Professor.

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