2011 Preliminary Program

FMCS 2011 Wheaton Preliminary Program

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Thursday, March 17

PRE-CONFERENCE – Conservatory Alumni, Emeriti, Current Wheaton College Conservatory Family

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Registration (BGC Barrows Foyer)

11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.—BOX LUNCH (BGC Wilson Suite)

2:30-4:30 p.m.—FAVORITE MEMORIES PROJECT (Dr. Harold Best, former Dean of the Wheaton College Conservatory, will meet with Alums, Emeriti, Current Students, Friends and Guests. All welcome.) (BGC Wilson Suite)

2:30-5:30 p.m.— FMCS registration (BGC Barrows Lobby)

5:30-7:00 p.m.—DINNER On your own (On campus: Anderson Commons)


5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Registration (BGC Barrows Foyer)

7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. – Reception (BGC Archives Library)

8:00-9:15 p.m.—WELCOME (BGC Barrows Auditorium) by Dr. Phil Ryken, President, Wheaton College
KEYNOTE ADDRESS “Bridging the Old and New in Contemporary Africa: The Creative Task
of Christian Scholarship,” Emeritus Prof. J. H. Kwabena Nketia,
legendary scholar of African Music.
Wheaton College Conservatory Faculty Showcase
(BGC Barrows Auditorium)

9:30-10:30 p.m. — FMCS Executive Committee Meeting (venue TBA)

Friday, March 18

7:45 a.m.—Continental Breakfast/Registration (BGC Barrows Foyer)

8:15 a.m.—Welcome and Devotional: Dr. Michael Wilder, Dean of the Conservatory, Arts and Communication (BGC Barrows Auditorium)

8:45-10:15—Plenary Session (BGC Barrows Auditorium)

Session #1: Freedom, Creativity, and Wonder
(Chelle Stearns, Mars Hill Graduate School, chair)

Férdia J. Stone-Davis, independent scholar: Beauty, Music and Ekstasis

Bruce Ellis Benson, Wheaton College: In the Beginning, There Was Improvisation

David McNutt, The University of Cambridge / Wheaton College: The Prayers of U2: A Theology of Music as Creative Prayer

10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. – Morning Break (BGC Barrows Foyer)
“The Story of Hagar” [Cheryl Pauls, Canadian Mennonite University, featured soloist] (Edman Chapel)

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.—Concurrent Sessions

Session #2: Church Music, Philosophy and Practice (BGC Barrows Auditorium)
(Markus Rathey, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, chair)

Joyce L. Irwin, Colgate University: German Church Music Advocates around 1750

Joshua A. Waggener, Durham University: Sources of the Sublime in Eighteenth-Century England: Musical and Biblical Sublimity in Handel’s Jubilate Settings

Yudha Thianto, Trinity Christian College: The Genevan Psalter in Javanese

Session #3: Communicating Christian Faith (BGC Wilson Suite D)
(Siegwart Reichwald, Converse College, chair)

Armin Karim, Case Western Reserve University: Mahler’s Sermon

Matt Kickasola, Webster University / East Central College: “ever nearer the Celestial City”: Darwin, Spencer, Bunyan, and English Musical Progress

Gail E. Lowther, Independent scholar: Conflict and Conversion in Bohuslav Martinu’s The Greek Passion

1:00-1:45 p.m. LUNCH (BGC Wilson Suite) (LUNCHTIME SPEAKER: Dr. Harold Best)

1:50-2:30 p.m. Business Meeting (BGC Wilson Suite)

2:30-4:00 p.m.—Concurrent Sessions

Session #4: Arts and the Christian Church, Multicultural Perspectives (BGC Barrows Auditorium)
(Robin Harris, International Council of Ethnodoxologists, chair)

Brian Schrag, SIL International: Training for Advocacy in Minority Arts

Michael Chen, independent scholar: Thinking Through Multiracialism in Music Ministries: An Ethnographic Case Study

Bo kyung Blenda Im, Yale Institute of Sacred Music: Praise and Worship: Church Music of the Young Korean Minjung

Session #5: Barber and Bernstein (BGC Wilson Suite D)
(Chair TBA)

Charles S. Freeman, University of Kansas: Theological and Musical Tensions in Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard

Jonathan Blumhofer, Independent scholar: “I believe in God, but does God believe in me?”: Leonard Bernstein, the 1960s, and the “Crisis of Faith”

Robert C. Lagueux, Columbia College Chicago: “Screaming gets you nowhere. Be peaceful.”: Bernstein’s Mass and the Practice of Peace

4:00 Buses depart BGC East Parking lot for Symphony Hall, downtown Chicago. NOTE: Registration DOES NOT include a ticket to Brahms, A German Requiem, Friday, March 18, 2011.

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Dinner on your own in downtown Chicago. Dress warmly.

8:00 p.m. p.m. Concert: Brahms’s A German Requiem
Wheaton College Choirs
Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra
Apollo Chorus
Conductor: Stephen Alltop
Symphony Hall, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.

Transportation after concert by coach from Symphony Hall to Holiday Inn and Suites, 150 S. Gary Avenue, Carol Stream, Ill.

Saturday, March 19

8:00-8:45 a.m.—Continental Breakfast/Registration (BGC Barrows Foyer)

8:45-10:15 a.m.—Concurrent Sessions

Session #6: Time and Eternity (BGC 130)
(Mark Peters, Trinity Christian College, chair)

Randolph Johnson, Ohio Wesleyan University: The Fullness of God’s Time in Brahms’s Requiem

David Heetderks, University of Michigan: The Final Chord of Poulenc’s Stabat Mater as Musical Fragment and as Marker for Eternity

Sarah Bereza, University of Cincinnati: Listening in the Moment: Arvo Pärt’s Tintinnabuli Music and the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church

Session #7: Christianity and Popular Culture (BGC 134)
(Bennett Zon, Durham University, chair)

Stephanie Shonekan, Columbia College Chicago: Jesus Walks or Takes the Wheel: Faith and Race in Hip Hop and Pop Country

Benjamin Haas, UNC-Chapel Hill: Halos and Horns: Dolly Parton’s Dichotomous Vision of Southern Religious Life

Pamela F. Starr, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: The Final Frontier: James Horner and Apollo 13

10:15-10:30 a.m.—Break (BGC Barrows Foyer)

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Plenary Session (BGC Barrows Auditorium)

Session #8: Music and Crisis in Popular Culture: A Thematic Approach to Christian Musical Scholarship

Timothy H. Steele (Calvin College), chair
Kevin Holm-Hudson (University of Kentucky)
Tammy L. Kernodle (Miami University of Ohio)
Stanley C. Pelkey (Western Michigan University)
Emmett G. Price III (Northeastern University)

12:15-12:30 p.m.—FMCS Closing (BGC Barrows Auditorium)

12:30-1:30 p.m. LUNCH (BGC Wilson Suite)

1:30-3:00 p.m. POST-CONFERENCE: (BGC Wilson Suite) Presented by the International Council of Ethnodoxologists
(Robin Harris, International Council of Ethnodoxologists, and Brian Schrag, SIL International, chairs)

Applied ethnomusicology and cross-cultural ministry

Inauguration of Tom Avery Award and a Roundtable Discussion
Many Christian ethnomusicologists are applying their discipline to cross-cultural ministry
in areas such as community development, literacy training, trauma healing, Bible translation,
worship, and church planting. Join a roundtable discussion of the controversies and possibilities
surrounding this movement.

OPTIONAL: 2:00-2:30 p.m. Interested in visiting Archival materials on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton and others? We might arrange for a visit to Wheaton College’s Wade Center

OPTIONAL: 2:00-2:30 p.m. Interested in touring the spectacular 4-manual, 70 -rank Casavant Organ in Edman Chapel? We might arrange for a visit to Wheaton College’s Edman Chapel