Cataloger’s Corner: Interns–where are they now, Part 2

Matthew D. Morrison is pursuing his PhD in Musicology at Columbia University

The following is the second in a series of  guest posts by retired Senior Music Cataloger Sharon McKinley.

Former Junior Fellow Summer Intern Matthew D. Morrison is pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology at Columbia University and writing a dissertation on “Sound in the Construction of Race in 19th-century America,” advised by George Lewis. After interning in the Special Materials Cataloging Division in 2007, Matthew has served as the first Publications Fellow at the Tanglewood Center, Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Current Musicology, adjunct professor in music at Vassar College, and he curates performances in New York City featuring string players of color.

As part of the Junior Fellows class of 2006, Jamene Brooks-Kieffer cataloged current copyright deposits of popular sheet music and Spanish language sound recordings.  Since 2006, she has held the position of Resource Linking Librarian at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. In June 2012,  Jamene was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. She lives in Lawrence, KS with husband Robbie and their border collie Jill.  Jamene and Robbie are expecting their first child.

Mark Zelesky was a Junior Fellow, 2010. He  worked on the It’s Showtime database,  and helped to create an inventory of miscellaneous items acquired in the mid-20th century from various sources but never processed. He is currently a librarian at Rowan University’s music library. He is also a freelance musician in the Philadelphia area, performing on saxophone, clarinet, toy piano, and other assorted instruments.

Music in the Lincoln White House: Francis M. Scala and “The President’s Own”

On Saturday, February 9, 2013 the Music Division presents an exploration of “Music in the Lincoln White House,” featuring a panel discussion with leading Civil War music scholars and a performance by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band under the baton of Colonel Michael J. Colburn. This event is presented in conjunction with the …

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In Memory of Patty Andrews and the Andrews Sisters

The following is a guest post co-authored by Music Archivist Chris Hartten and Senior Music Specialist Mark Horowitz. There is a history of women’s singing groups being representative of their eras: the Boswell Sisters in the ‘30s, Dianna Ross and the Supremes in the ‘60s, Destiny’s Child in the ‘90s. But no group seemed to …

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PagaNewni: Composers Rise to the Paganini Challenge–A Paganini Project Update

Friday, February 1, 2013. The following is a guest post provided by Peter Sheppard Skærved, who recently appeared at the Library in events dedicated to its Paganini holdings and collection of Cremonese instruments. I am powerfully aware of the constant dialogue between past and present. Working as a violinist equally involved with the discovery of …

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Sister Gregory Duffy: An Asset to the Abbey and the Theater

The following is a reprint of a blog post originally published on April 16, 2012. As of today, Sr. Gregory’s correspondence from the Oscar Hammerstein II Collection is now available online via the Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia. See the added inventory and links to digitized material at the end of the blog post. …

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Sheet Music of the Week: 19th Century Advertisement Edition

The following is a guest post from Xavier Zientarski, an intern working on music cataloging, and Senior Music Catalogers Sharon McKinley and Mary Wedgewood. No compact discs. No vinyl records.  No equipment to record music, and definitely no way to listen to it online or through an electronic device. The only means to listen to …

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A Weekend for Patriotic Melodies

Washington, DC had a big weekend with preparations for yesterday’s Presidential Inauguration (we were getting ready for it last week with our Inauguration Day sheet music blog post). Nearly one million people were estimated to attend yesterday’s festivities on the National Mall, and the masses were treated to several stunning patriotic musical performances, from James …

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Sheet Music of the Week: Inauguration Day Edition

The following is a guest post by Retired Senior Cataloger  Sharon McKinley. Everyone loves Inauguration Day! What’s not to like? Flags fly, people cheer, and federal employees in the Washington area get the day off, because no one wants to compete with them for seats on Metro. We in the Music Division are joining in …

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