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Catherine Crone '13
Catherine Crone ’13 Compiling Banjo Manual Collection for Emerson Project

The banjo can reveal much about socioeconomic class, slavery and music in the 19th century. Catherine Crone ’13 certainly sees the value in this often-neglected instrument. She will spend this summer researching the banjo in order to build an Internet resource about its past and its significance. Crone will be working under an Emerson Summer Grant with Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley to create their project, “A Study of Banjo Instruction Manuals from the 19th Century.”  More ...

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Hamessley Gives Paper at Musicological Society Conference

Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley presented a paper titled “Music on Which the Story Might Ride: Paul Green’s Symphonic Drama, The Lost Colony” at the American Musicological Society – New State-St. Lawrence Chapter Meeting.  More ...

Tim Carman '11
The Beat of Different Drummers
Legendary trumpeter Clark Terry once said that true musicianship can be achieved through imitation, assimilation and innovation. This summer, Tim Carman ’11 intends to tackle the “imitation” aspect; working with an Emerson grant and Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley, he will create a manual of the most important drum grooves for drummers to study. More ...
Students and Professor Lydia Hamessley demonstrate Ewe drumming.
Music Class Demonstrates Ewe Drumming
Students from Lydia Hamessley's Music 154, Music of the World's Peoples, demonstrated Ewe drumming outside Commons on May 6. The students worked on the technique as a class project this semester. Ewe drumming refers to the drumming ensembles of the Ewe people of Ghana, Togo, and Benin. More ...
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