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AMS - Library of Congress Lecture Series

The American Musicological Society and the Music Division of the Library of Congress are pleased to present a series of lectures highlighting musicological research conducted in the Division’s collections.

Upcoming Lectures

20 November 2018, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room: 

Hye-jung Park (Ohio State University), "From World War to Cold War: Music in America's Radio Propaganda in Korea"

Hye-jung Park describes her talk as follows: "During World War II, the US Office of War Information (OWI) transmitted short-wave radio programs of news and music directly from the United States to Korea. Korea was still a colony of Japan, and Japanese colonial officials forbade American music. Under the wartime ban, OWI's radio broadcasts were the only channel by which Korean people could access American music. These radio programs portrayed the United States as the bringer of Korea's freedom from Nazism and Japanese colonialism. Heralding Japan's defeat, the OWI's radio programs also cultivated familiarity with Western music in Korea, particularly with novel and hybrid forms of American music. The US Army Military Government in Korea that occupied southern Korea after the war (1945-48) continued to make strategic use of music. The military government made great efforts to foster Western classical music in Korea, effectively countering Soviet emphasis on accessible music with socialist content. In addition, US officials gained Koreans' confidence by restoring 'authentic' Korean traditional music that was lost under Japanese colonial rule. By revealing the connections between wartime and Cold War music policies, I demonstrate that music in US wartime radio propaganda was an important precedent for the Cold War musical propaganda efforts that followed."

Hye-jung Park is a PhD candidate in musicology at the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on music in US-Korea relations from 1941 to 1960, and she has presented on this topic at the annual conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Association for Asian Studies. Park is a recipient of the Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 dissertation fellowship for 2018-19 from the American Musicological Society. Her research has also been supported by the Margery Lowens Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Society for American Music.

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Spring 2019: Katherine K. Preston (College of William and Mary), "America’s Forgotten Love Affair with Opera"


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Past Lectures

Click here for information on previous lectures, including links to the webcasts:


  • Spring 2018: Daniel M. Callahan (Boston College), "Bernstein Conducting Himself"
  • Fall 2017: Randall Goldberg (Youngstown State University), "The Kishineff Massacre and Domestic Musical Practice in America"
  • Spring 2017: Christina Bashford, William Brooks, Gayle Sherwood Magee, Laurie Matheson, and Justin Vickers, "Johnnies, Tommies, and Sammies: Music and the WWI Alliance"
  • Fall 2016: Dominic McHugh, "In the Workshop of Lerner and Loewe: Archival Sources for the Genesis of My Fair Lady"
  • Spring 2016: R. Larry Todd, “Revisiting Mendelssohn’s Octet, or the Maturing of Precocity”
  • Fall 2015: Ryan Raul Bañagale, "The Ongoing Composition of Rhapsody in Blue"
  • Spring 2015: Paul Laird, "'A Hint of West Side Story': The Genesis of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms as Seen in the Library of Congress Bernstein Collection"
  • Fall 2014: Carol Hess, "Copland as Good Neighbor: Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America During World War II"
  • Spring 2014: Nancy Newman, "'A program not greatly to their credit': Finding New Perspectives on the Germania Musical Society through the American Memory Sheet Music Collection"
  • Fall 2013: Kendra Preston Leonard, "Meaning and Myth in Louise Talma’s First Period Works"
  • Spring 2013: Todd Decker, "Making Show Boat: Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, and the Power of Performers"
  • Fall 2012: Barbara Heyman, "Samuel Barber: Serendipitous Discoveries"
  • Spring 2012: Thomas Brothers, "Louis Armstrong: The Making of a Great Melodist"
  • Fall 2011: William Meredith, "What the Autograph Can Tell Us:
    Beethoven’s Sonata in E Major, opus 109"
  • Winter 2011: Carol J. Oja, "Bernstein Meets Broadway:
    Race, the Blues, and On the Town (1944)"
  • Fall 2010: W. Anthony Sheppard, "American Musical Modernism and Japan"
  • Spring 2010: Steve Swayne, "William Schuman’s Puzzling Seventh Symphony"
  • Fall 2009: Walter Frisch, "Arnold Schoenberg's Creative Journey, 1897-1912"
  • Spring 2009: Jeffrey Magee, "Now It Can Be Told: The Unknown Irving Berlin"
  • Fall 2008: Annegret Fauser, "After Pearl Harbor: Music, War, and the Library of Congress"
  • Spring 2008: Judith Tick, "Ruth Crawford Seeger, Modernist Composer in the Folk Revival: Biography as Music History”

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