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Diana McVeagh Prize Winner Announced

NABMSA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Diana McVeagh prize is Victory through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II, by Christina Baade, published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Baade is Associate Professor in Music and Communication Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Her research interests include early twentieth-century popular music; radio studies and the British Broadcasting Corporation; gender, queer, and critical race theory; and the historical interactions of mass media and music.

In their report, the selection committee described Dr. Baade’s work as “an impressive examination of how the BBC engaged with popular music during World War II in an attempt to encourage morale,” and wrote the following commendation: “Victory through Harmony exemplifies interdisciplinary research and writing. Not only does Baade write a book about popular music in Britain during WWII, she also balances her investigation with other facets at issue during those years, including a cultural study of the radio, the intertwining of nation-state and cultural ideals, and social transformation. The writing is never too technical to appeal to non-musicians, and the widespread appeal of this work will surely enable its use across disciplines. In addition to these outstanding qualities, Victory through Harmony is simply well written. Baade’s prose compels the reader in much the same way that the music she examines captured the ears of those who heard it.”

In addition to awarding the prize to Dr. Baade’s book, the committee singled out Harrison Birtwistle’s Operas and Music Theatre by David Beard, published by Cambridge University Press, for honorable mention.

NABMSA awards the Diana McVeagh Prize biennially to the best book on British Music. The prize is named in honor of pioneering British music writer, Diana McVeagh, who is the author of books on and musical editions of British composers Edward Elgar and Gerald Finzi, among others.

Congratulations to Prof. Baade and Oxford University Press!

2014 Biennial Conference Call for Papers

The North American British Music Studies Association will hold its Sixth Biennial Conference from Thursday through Sunday, 31 July to 3 August 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Proposals on topics related to all aspects of British music and musical life in general throughout Britain, the Empire, and beyond are welcome. Those that draw upon interdisciplinary or broader cultural contexts are particularly welcome.

See the 2014 conference page for more information.

Biennial Diana McVeagh Prize for Best Book on British Music

The North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA) announces the creation of the biennial Diana McVeagh Prize for Best Book on British Music. The prize is named in honor of pioneering British music writer, Diana McVeagh, who is the author of books on and musical editions of British composers Edward Elgar and Gerald Finzi, among others. Her books are known for their insightful interpretations of music and its context, and the lyrical quality of her prose.

The first Diana McVeagh Prize will be awarded in November of 2013. Any book on British music – including monographs, books within a series, eBooks, or collections of essays (if all of the essays within are centered on the study of British music) are eligible for consideration for the Prize. To be considered for the Diana McVeagh Prize, Candidates must be members of NABMSA in good standing for the prize year (2013), and must submit a copy of the book to be considered postmarked by no later than July 1, 2013, to the Secretary of NABMSA at the following address:

Prof. Nathaniel G. Lew, Secretary
North American British Music Studies Association
c/o Department of Fine Arts
Saint Michael’s College
One Winooski Park, Box 377
Colchester VT 05439

The winner of the Prize will be announced at the 2013 Business Meeting of NABMSA to be held in Pittsburgh, PA in November of 2013.

Fifth Biennial Conference a Huge Success

The 2010 NABMSA conference in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, held from 26 to 29 July, has just concluded. Excellent papers facilities made the event a pleasure to attend. The conference, entitled “Anglo-American Connections” also celebrated the 80th birthday of Prof. Nicholas Temperley of the University of Illinois, who served as NABMSA’s first President, and closed with a gala concert featuring music related to Dr Temperley’s scholarly work as well as music that connected the UK and the US in different ways. The conference program is still available on the Conferences page.

Temperley Prize Winner Announced

NABMSA is pleased to announce that the winner of the biennial Temperley prize for the best student paper at the Fifth Biennial Conference in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois is Erica Siegel. Siegel, a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, presented a paper entitled “‘I’m not making this up, you know!’: The success of Vaughan Williams’s students in America”. The prize committee was pleased to select Siegel’s work from a particularly fine slate of student papers at this year’s conference. Congratulations to Ms. Siegel!