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James R. Cowdery Appointed SEM Newsletter Editor

Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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The Society for Ethnomusicology Board is pleased to announce that it has appointed James R. Cowdery as the new SEM Newsletter Editor. Jim is currently working with outgoing Editor Jennifer Matsue and will assume the editorship with the Winter 2018 issue of the publication. The Society is deeply grateful to Jennifer for her excellent editorial service and appreciates her help with the transition.

Jim is Senior Editor at
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), where he is responsible for ethnomusicology in the RILM database and for maintaining the RILM blog, Bibliolore. His past service to SEM includes a term as Editor of Ethnomusicology (1996-1998), a term as 1st Vice President on the Board, two terms on the Council, and the inaugural editorship of the SEM blog, Sound Matters. He is the author of The Melodic Tradition of Ireland (Kent State University Press, 1990) as well as articles in several encyclopedias and journals; co-author of the textbook Exploring the World of Music (Kendall Hunt, 1999); and was a consultant and writer for the PBS television series Exploring the World of Music. As a composer, Jim has received commissions from the Long Island Choral Society and Meet the Composer, while his works have premiered in New York City, Tokyo, and Budapest. From the 1970s through the 1990s, he performed Irish, Scottish, English, and American traditional musics throughout the U.S. and Canada. He received the Ph.D. from Wesleyan University in 1985.

Jim can be reached at semnewslettereditor@gmail.com.


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