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March is Women’s History Month, and UNC Greensboro’s School of Music has several events that feature women performers and music scholars.

Jocelyn Neal

Jocelyn Neal: “Singing Your Own Songs: How Female Songwriters Navigate Intellectual Property and Public Authenticity.” 
Irna Priore Music and Culture Lecture Series
Friday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m.
Register for the virtual event here: https://uncg.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMud-uupjwuHdT0VPn5Ofhp7ghXR7HsibY6

Dr. Neal is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of Music at UNC Chapel Hill. The Irna Priore Music and Culture Lecture Series is a series that showcases scholars of music studies and hosted by the Musicology/Ethnomusicology and Music Theory Areas of the UNCG School of Music. For the Academic Year 2020–2021, the IPMCLS includes speakers from across the country, who lead discussions on a range of topics concerning women, gender, music, and civil/human rights over the past 100 years.

Annie, Jeng

Annie, Jeng, piano
Faculty Artist Series
Monday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Streamed event, reserve tickets here: https://vpa.uncg.edu/single-event/faculty-artist-series-annie-jeng-piano/

Annie Jeng is a pianist, educator, and collaborator. She has performed widely in such settings as the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy, the Gijón International Piano Festival in Spain, the Kennedy Center, Interlochen Arts Academy, and China. (However, she sometimes prefers to perform in intimate spaces such as living rooms, personal Zoom calls, and breweries.) Recent performances have included Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with UNCG’s University Symphony Orchestra, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Messiaen’s La ville d’en haut with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, and Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques with the University of Michigan Contemporary Directions Ensemble. A Presser scholar, Jeng has presented at Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conferences at collegiate, state, and national levels and College Music Society (CMA) regional conferences.

Jeng’s essential goal as an artist is to make communities richer and more meaningful through the arts. She strives to make music accessible to audiences of all backgrounds by expanding and rethinking the traditional recital format to include interdisciplinary and interactive elements, all with the aim of encouraging audiences to engage with the artistic experience. Recent projects include, “Music by the Barrel,” which was a concert series at the Ann Arbor Distilling Company in Ann Arbor, “Beyond the Keys: Unlocking Piano Works” which was an interactive concert on the roof of a parking deck performed by her piano pedagogy students, and “Brews-keys” which featured UNCG piano faculty and students at Oden Brewing Company in Greensboro, North Carolina. She also led music workshops that focused on group singing and music as a form of expression through the Prison Creative Arts Project at University of Michigan.

O Blissful Loss of Self: Explorations of Ecstasy in the Music and Poetry of Women: Carole Ott Coelho, Tadeu Coelho, and Dylan Reddish
UNCG School of Music, Tew Recital Hall
Sunday, March 21, 3:30 p.m. 

Ecstatic poetry, characterized by experiences of selflessness, suspension of time, and physical or spiritual rapture, has a long and deep tradition throughout many cultures in the world. Women’s voices of ecstasy have historically been silenced, dismissed, or forgotten. This project will explore, celebrate, and reclaim women’s poetic voices and experiences of ecstasy throughout history through a musical commission, a call for compositions by female composers, and free improvisation by flute and soprano duo, Anima Vox (Carole Ott Coelho and Tadeu Coelho) in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Dylan Reddish. As part of the She Can We Can celebration at UNCG, Anima Vox will premier Poemas eróticos by Mexican composer Adriana Romero, perform award winning compositions written specifically for this project, and create an improvised work based on the poetry of women’s rights activist Muna Lee.For more information, please visit www.animavoxduo.com.

Yun Emily Wang

Yun Emily Wang
Irna Priore Music and Culture Lecture Series
March 26, 4 p.m.
Streaming event; find tickets and information here: https://vpa.uncg.edu/single-event/yun-emily-wang-irna-priore-music-and-culture-lecture-series/

Dr. Yun Emily Wang holds the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto, having previously earned the M.M. degree in Viola Performance (UNC Greensboro) and the M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought (New York University). The recipient of numerous grants and prizes, including the Charles Seeger Prize, Martin Hatch Prize, Wong Tolbert Prize, and Clara Henderson Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology, she served on the SEM council as well as the Society’s Diversity Action Committee, and co-chaired the Sound Studies Special Interest Group.

She is currently completing a book manuscript, “Sounding ‘Homes’ and Making Do in Sinophone Toronto,” which draws on long-term ethnographic fieldwork to argue for the critical role of everyday sounding and listening in how people come to know themselves as diasporic subjects within state multiculturalism.

Her research interests include the experiences and politics of transnational migration with an emphasis on sound studies; gender and sexuality; Asian America; and exploration of the micro-social intersections between history, biography, and interpersonal relationships.

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