Welcoming Lisa Cooper Vest

Although she has been in her position as Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Thornton School of Music for over a year, this is the first opportunity that we have had to officially welcome Lisa Cooper Vest to the USC faculty! Lisa is a musicologist whose work is focused on the aesthetic and political contexts of the post-WWII Polish musical avant-garde.  She will share her perspective during the Music@RushHour concert (October 12) mentioned above and the Kieślowski Conference (October 13-14) in the next article, as well as a Musicology Forum presentation on October 14 in which she will discuss Polish composers who were writing music in the late 50s/and 1960s—in particular, Schaeffer, Mycielski, and Rudziński. Thornton’s Professor of Early Music and previous PMC Paderewski Lecturer Adam Knight Gilbert will also present his paper “Palindromic Play in the Anonymous Chansons of the Chansonnier El Escorial IV.a.24” during the same Musicology Forum session.

Many of you may remember Lisa from her engaging paper entitled “‘A Survey about the Work of Igor Stravinsky’ (1957): Stravinsky Reception and Polish Cultural Confidence at the Beginning of the ‘Thaw,’” which was presented at our 2013 conference “Sounds from Behind the Iron Curtain: Polish Music after World War II.” Following her experience with USC at our conference, Lisa pursued a faculty opening in the Scholarly and Professional Studies division of Thornton (of which the PMC is also a part), and we are thrilled that she accepted the position that was enthusiastically offered to her beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year. In her brief tenure at USC thus far, she has already jumped fully into the curriculum development process, becoming an invaluable member of the faculty committee that is integrating significant innovations for Thornton students, in addition to teaching several new classes. And of course, the PMC has served a primary academic and network resource for ongoing research. We look forward to many more fruitful collaborations in the years to come!

Friday, October 14, 2016 | 1:30 pm
Thornton Musicology Forum presents lectures by Adam Gilbert & Lisa Cooper Vest: “Expanding the Sound-World of the Postwar Polish Avant-Garde: The Music of Schaeffer, Mycielski, and Rudziński”

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