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KU music students and graduate contribute to notable research journal

Monday, October 18, 2010

The articles of three KU music students and one graduate were published in the American Music Research Center Journal, a publication issued by that institution at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The entirety of the issue's contents are four articles on musical theater of the 1950s written by these KU students.

The students--Hsun Lin, a PhD student in musicology; Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, doctoral student in voice; Sharon Campbell, alumnae with a DMA in voice who teaches at the University of Nebraska-Kearney; and Peter Purin, PhD student in music theory and faculty member at the Oklahoma Baptist University--wrote the papers from which these articles were derived in a musicology seminar taught by Professor Paul Laird in fall of 2007. The students made brief presentations at the KU symposium "Musical Theatre in 1957" that same year and were invited to publish their seminar papers in the American Music Research Center Journal. Laird was a guest editor for the issue and wrote an introductory essay.

The articles are:

  • Paul Laird, "Introduction"
  • Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, "George Abbott's Contributions to Musical Comedy Through the 1950s"
  • Hsun Lin, "'Am I King or Am I Not King?': Conflict, Gender, and Reconciliation in The King and I"
  • Sharon O'Connell Campbell, "The Actor's Voice: The Non-Singing Lead in Broadway Musicals"
  • Peter Purin, "An Examination of Don Walker's Style of Orchestration in The Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella, and The Music Man.


For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. www.music.ku.edu.

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