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To join, please visit the AMS Music and Dance Study Group google group (click here or on the link below) or e-mail the Google group. Please note that anyone with an email may join and then receive and post messages, but only those with a Google Account can interact via the web, customize List delivery options, and view archives. If you do not have a Google account, simply e-mail us with a request to be added. (All requests are subject to administrative approval, so there may be a short delay.)




Over the years the AMS Music and Dance Study Group has brought in scholars, artists, and musicians to participate and lead in our events at the American Musicological Society Annual Meeting and we have paid these contributors through AMS guest artist funds and casual donations made by devoted members. We are now set up to formally take in donations at the AMS website. In particular, in 2019 we are aiming to fund the remainder of the honorarium for our AMS Boston guest artists Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, who are primarily funded through a generous AMS grant. We also hope to build funding for future guests and events through the AMS website. We invite you, if you are able, to consider helping in our efforts. Click on the link to donate:  




The Music and Dance Study Group (MDSG) of the American Musicological Society (AMS) is a forum for musicologists interested in the study of dance, an art to which music is tied more than any other. Our members explore all periods of history, from the medieval era through the twenty-first century. Members use methodologies ranging from archival studies to critical theory, addressing questions—whether with an aesthetic, formalist, cultural, and/or historical focus—about the meetings of dance and music. Members examine myriad dance practices and locations: ballet to breakdancing, contra dance to contemporary dance, dances performed at court or on a concert stage, on screen or on the street.

The purpose of the MDSG is to bring together music-and-dance scholars with such varied interests and promote a cross-pollination of ideas. Our goals include revealing the shared concerns and mutually beneficial interrelationships between dance studies and music studies; advocating for the study of dance both in music studies and across the humanities; providing a space for fostering discussions during national and regional meetings of the AMS; and encouraging the exchange of ideas, information, and materials beyond the conference circuit.


The MDSG holds a business meeting, an evening panel, and a dance workshop at every AMS Annual Meeting. It maintains a website, member directory, Facebook page, and Google Group / listserv on which to share announcements and discussions. The MDSG is always open to new members, to different understandings of dance/movement and music/sound, and to expanding existing creative, critical, pedagogical, and research paradigms surrounding music and dance.


“Hearing, Moving, Seeing: Interactions in Music, Dance, and Design”
Featuring Kenneth Archer and Millicent Hodson
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, 8:00 PM

Part 1: Keynote address by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, Independent Scholars

Sacrificial Situations: Ritual and Ordeal in the Music, Dance, and Design of Three Stravinsky Productions


Based on their three decades of work reconstructing lost ballets, including many from Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Hodson and Archer will present their reconstructions of the choreography and design for various stagings of three Stravinsky ballets: “Le Sacre du Printemps” (1913 with Roerich and Nijinsky), “Le Chant du Rossignol” (1925, with Matisse and Balanchine), and "Persephone” (1934 with Kurt Joos). Using slides, video, commentary, and movement, they will illuminate the reconstructive process for these collaborative works with reference to the original choreographers’ confrontation with the Stravinsky scores.

Part 2: James Steichen, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Moderator


Julie Hedges Brown, Northern Arizona University

"Visually Rehearing Schumann: Multivalent Identity in the Adagio of Van Manen’s 1975 Ballet Four Schumann Pieces"

Devin Burke, University of Louisville

"Reinventing Savagery: Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Les Sauvages” on Stage, in Concert, and on Recording"

Rebecca Schwartz, Independent Scholar

"Of Sylphs, Roses, and Sacrificial Virgins: Bodily Nostalgia and The Motion of Memory"

Maeve Sterbenz, Wellesley College

"Hearing Song through Dance: Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Recomposition of Vladimir Vysotsky’s “Koni Priveredlivye”

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, 12:30 to 2:00 PM

Music and Dance Study Group Workshop

Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, Guest presenters

“Nijinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du printemps’ and Balanchine’s ‘Le Chant du rossignol’: Rhythmic Complexities and Choreographic Counterpoint.”


No previous dance experience needed.


Music and Dance Study Group Business Meeting

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2:15 PM

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