School of Music

Esoteric Music, Music Performance, & Music Research Symposium

This symposium seeks to bring together music scholars, performers, and teachers with a sincere interest in the intersection of music and esoteric ideas and practices.

Dates: February 21-23, 2020

Location: School of Music, Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14618

Open: Opening Remarks, Keynote Address, and all Paper Sessions are free and open to the community

Schedule

Friday, February 21

Medaille Formal Lounge, Nazareth College, Medaille Dormitory

  • 5:30pm: Registration/Reception Opens (Buffet reception for presenters)
  • 6:30pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Mario Martinez (Director, School of Music) and Marjorie Roth
  • 6:45pm: Keynote Address: What Makes Music Esoteric? by Joscelyn Godwin

Saturday, February 22

SESSION 1: THEOSOPHY & FREEMASONRY
Arts Center 14; papers 9:00am – 10:30am

8:30am: Breakfast for Presenters (Arts Center 14 Hallway)

  • Sonic Symbolism: Matthew Cooke's Process for Assigning Music to the Scottish Rite Craft Degrees, by Andrew Owen
  • New American Eden: Katherine Tingley and Music at Lomaland, by Christopher Scheer
  • Theosophy and Sun Ra's Esoteric Musical Modernism, by Anna Gawboy

10:30am – 10:45pm, Coffee Break for Presenters (Arts Center 14 Hallway)

SESSION 2: THEOLOGY & RELIGION
Arts Center 14; papers 10:45am – 12:15pm

  • Concealment Revealed: Sound and Symbol in Ockeghem's Missa Quinti toni and Missa Prolationum, by Adam Knight Gilbert
  • "Im Himmel und auf Erden": Geometry, Alchemy, and Rosicrucian Symbol in Buxtehude's Herr, wenn ich nur Dich hab' (BuxWV 38), by Malachai Bandy
  • (In)Audible Sound in Spiritualist Acoustemologies, by Codee Ann Spinner

12:30pm, Lunch for Presenters (Lipson Lounge, Arts Center)

SESSION 3: CREATION & IMAGINATION
Arts Center 14; papers 2:00pm – 3:30pm

  • Air and Eros: Musician as Demiurge in Renaissance Magic, by Leonard George
  • The Hoard and the Grail: A Wagnerian Conspiracy in Five Parts, by Woody Steinken
  • The Osiris-Light in Nino Rota's Music, by Pasquale Giaquinto (Read by Marjorie Roth)

3:30pm – 3:45pm, Break

SESSION 4: TRANSFORMATION & TRANSMUTATION
Arts Center 14; papers 3:45 – 5:15pm

  • Athanasius Kircher and the Nature of Ecstatic Listening, by Charles E. Brewer
  • Hearing the Demon's Song: The Condemned Magic of Tommaso Campanella in the Operas of the Barberini Court, by Virginia Christy Lamothe
  • Bach's Symbolic Language in the Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor (BWV 582). by Michail Konstantinos Chalkiopoulos

6:00pm – 7:30pm, Dinner for Presenters (Medaille Formal Dining Room, Medaille Dormitory)*

Sunday, February 23

SESSION 5: THEORY, ANALYSIS, & UNIVERSAL TRUTH
Arts Center 14; papers 9:00am – 10:30am

8:30am: Breakfast for Presenters (Arts Center Hallway)

  • Gubaidulina's Numerology and its Sonic Characteristics, by Noah Kahrs
  • Music Analysis as Esoteric Activity: Viktor Zuckerkandl at Eranos, by Daphne Tan
  • "De septenario illo et sacro numero": The Divine Septenarius in Baryphonus and Grimm's Pleiades musicae, by Benjamin Dobbs

10:30am – 10:45am, Coffee Break for Presenters (Arts Center Hallway)

SESSION 6: MAKING MUSIC ESOTERICALLY
Arts Center 14; papers 10:45am – 12:15pm

  • Magic Squares, Cosmic Unity, and Eternal Laws of Nature: A New View of Webern's Op. 24 as a Synthesis of Contemporary Esoteric Thought, by Beth Abbate
  • Musica ficta, Conjunction Theory, and the Hermaphroditic Nature of the Mi-Fa Complex, by Adam Bregman
  • Contemplative Practice in Improvised Modal Auditory Space, by Justin Ray Glosson

12:30pm, optional lunch (Nazareth College Dining Commons; $12.69 cash or credit)


*Limited space is available for people who wish to attend the Saturday evening dinner for the presenters. The cost for the dinner is $38 USD. If you wish to attend, please contact Marjorie Roth, mroth1@naz.edu, no later than February 7, 2020.

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