Special Events at the Society for Ethnomusicology 2016 Washington D.C. Conference

The SEM conference is almost here! Hopefully you remembered to register, found a hotel roommate to save you some green, and have already read the program book cover to cover out of excitement for this mid-semester vacation.

Since we all have to make up our minds about what events we plan to attend while in DC at the SEM conference, Jennie and Heather are here to make it easier for you! We’ve listed below a few events/meetings/panels we plan to attend as well as updates on a few events that have been sold out. We encourage you to go through the program and take advantage of as many opportunities as you can! More details on specific performances can be found here.

**Quick update: Thank you to those who have suggested more great things for us to see and participate in during SEM. We’ve added these suggestions (in purple).**

Thursday, Nov. 10
Student Union Open Meeting
7:30-8:30 pm
Executive Room

The Student Union meeting is a fantastic opportunity to meet graduate and undergraduate students from several different universities who will one day become your colleagues. It is also a great chance to become more involved in the Society for Ethnomusicology. In fact, the Student Union led us to writing for this blog! If you are considering pursuing a higher degree in ethnomusicology, we recommend attending this meeting and talking to current students!

Concert: Behfar Bahadoran
1:30-1:45 pm
3:45-4:00 pm
Persian music (setar, daf)
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Bird Cage Walk
Presented by the SEM Local Arrangements Committee in collaboration with Montgomery College Arts Institute’s World Arts Festival

Global to Local Music Outreach Part 1 
1:45-3:30pm
Off-site session

Join members of the Student Union and the University of Maryland for an outreach event at a local after-school program at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD.

Meet in the Omni Shoreham lobby at 1:45 to board van.

First-Time Attendees and New Members Reception
5:30-6:30pm
Ambassador Ballroom

Student Lounge
6:00pm-12am
Forum Room

This is a room for SEM students to meet, relax, discuss, and network during the conference. It is available at this time on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Performance: Javanese Shadow-Puppet Play: Bima’s Quest for Enlightenment
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (GWU), Atrium 500 17th St., NW
Co-presented by the Freer and Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian Institution), the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, George Washington University, and the SEM Local Arrangements Committee
Free tickets required.
Map

Meet volunteer guide at 6:50 pm in the Omni Shoreham Lobby, OR

Metro from Omni Shoreham, walk 3 min to Woodley Park-Zoo Metro, take Red Glenmont train (5 min), get out at Farragut N, walk 9 min to 500 17th St. About 19 min travel time.

 

Latin American & Caribbean Music Section
8:00-10:00pm

Congressional Room A

There will be a hands-on workshop on Afro-Dominican palos drumming after the meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean section (LACSEM). The meeting is at 8, the workshop at 9pm. 

Friday, Nov. 11
Guided Tour Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture
8:00 am-10:00 am
200 15th St., NW
Sponsored by the SEM Local Arrangements Committee
SOLD OUT

Concert: Amadou Kouyate
10:30-10:45 am
12:15-12:30 pm
(150th generation Manding, kora and djembe)
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Bird Cage Walk
Presented by the SEM Local Arrangements Committee in collaboration with Montgomery College Arts Institute’s World Arts Festival

Gamelan Workshop
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia 2020 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Sponsored by the Local Arrangements Committee
SOLD OUT

Church of God and Saints of Christ Beginning of the Sabbath Service
and Meet & Greet with Pastor Parker and Rabbi Marcus Carr
7:00 pm
First Tabernacle Beth El
401 New York Avenue, NW
Sponsored by the Local Arrangements Committee

D.C. Punk, Hardcore, and Post-Hardcore Bands and Musical Activism at St. Stephen’s
7:00 pm
St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church
1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC  20010
Doors at 6:30 pm. Music at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation of $10.
Sponsored by Georgetown University and Positive Force; Local Arrangement Committee Event

2016 Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards
7:30-10:00 pm
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring
Hosted by Maryland Traditions

This FREE ceremony and concert, featuring Cambodian and Irish traditional music, is hosted by Maryland Traditions, Maryland’s state folklife program.

Request an invitation at the conference registration desk. Present invitation for FREE bus shuttle for SEM attendees (space limited). Bus departs front entrance of the Omni Shoreham Hotel at 5:45 pm. and returns at 10:00 pm.

Visit to D.C. Gogo Performance
10:00 pm-Late
Sponsored by the Local Arrangements Committee
Getting there:
Gather in the Omni Shoreham Lobby at 10:00 pm to meet guides.

Saturday, Nov. 12
Breakfast with Dr. Alisha Jones (Indiana University Bloomington)
and D.C. Gogo Musicians
8:30-9:30 am
Sponsored by the Local Arrangements Committee
Meet in Omni Shoreham Lobby

Concert: Serbiana, Balkan ensemble
10:30 am-10:45 am
12:15 pm-12:30 pm
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Bird Cage Walk
Presented by the SEM Local Arrangements Committee in collaboration with Montgomery College Arts Institute’s World Arts Festival

Concert: Montgomery College World Ensemble
1:30 pm-1:45 pm
(Samuel Monguia, Director, Latin Ensemble)
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Bird Cage Walk
Presented by the SEM Local Arrangements Committee in collaboration with Montgomery College Arts Institute’s World Arts Festival

General Membership Meeting
1:45-4:00pm
Regency Ballroom

This might not be the most exciting part of SEM (although it might be, to each their own!), but it is an integral part of how SEM functions as a society. It’s very important for students to attend as we will one day be filling the roles of the SEM board.

The 2016 Charles Seeger Lecture
4:15-5:45pm
Regency Ballroom

The Seeger Lecture is one of SEM’s great traditions, and it’s one of a few things that most members attend. This year’s speaker is Ellen Koskoff, an amazing woman and scholar, from the Eastman School of Music.

Heartbeat: A Night of Music and Community
9:00 pm-1:00 am
The launch party and fund-raiser for Pulse-related special issue of Ethnomusicology Review.
Sponsored by the SEM Gender and Sexualities Taskforce.
Duplex Diner 2004 28th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Sunday, Nov. 13
International Students in Ethnomusicology: Professional Acclimation to the United States
8:30-10:30am
Roundtable
Executive Room

This roundtable features graduate students and professors with experience as international students working in North America. Their perspectives on the university system(s) in which we work are invaluable for new and prospective teachers, students, and colleagues.

Concert: The GW Troubadours, Collegiate A Capella
10:30 am-10:45 am
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Bird Cage Walk
Presented by the SEM Local Arrangements Committee in collaboration with Montgomery College Arts Institute’s World Arts Festival

Remember, the Smithsonian museums are ALL FREE – including the Zoo right next to the conference hotel! It’s super easy to jump on the DC metro and arrive in the middle of the National Mall where most of these museums are located. Especially try to visit the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture as the guided tour offered through SEM is sold out.

We would love to hear your thoughts on our list – please comment with more events or panels you’re planning to attend!

See all you ethnomusicology party animals in about week.

-Jennie and Heather

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