The Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (MGMC) is a collaborative venture organized by students from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. MGMC holds an annual conference and new music concert, allowing graduate students from across the continent, representing various sub-disciplines of music, to come together and share ideas on a vast array of topics.
The 13th annual meeting was hosted by Northwestern University in April 2009, and featured Annegret Fauser (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) as keynote speaker. The University of Chicago was well represented across the sub-disciplines. Current students Rachel Adelstein, Jonathan DeSouza, and Peter Kupfer presented papers on learning Yiddish in Lithuania, discourses of aleatoric music, and 1930s Soviet music comedies respectively; incoming student August Sheehy presented a paper on the music of György Ligeti, and current student EunYoung Lee had her work Wandering performed at the new music concert.
Next year’s meeting will be held April 16th-17th 2009 at the University of Chicago, with Martin Scherzinger (New York University) as the keynote speaker. Shawn Allison and Martha Sprigge continue to serve as the MGMC representatives for the Uof C, and will be posting updates on the upcoming conference throughout the year at: http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/mgmc.