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The Business of Music Symposium

2024 (February 21)



Charles H. Templeton, Jr.

9:30 - 10:15am

The Critical Response to Profitable Concerts: Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1930-1950 (virtual)

Dr. Ayden Adler, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration, University of Houston

10:15 - 10:30am


10:30 - 11:15am

Ragging Mass Culture: Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, and the Rise of the American Entertainment Industry (virtual, pre-recorded)

Dr. Samuel Backer, Post-doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

11:30am - 1pm


1 - 1:45pm

KEYNOTE: Understanding the Rise of Music as Big Business: Three Revolutions (virtual)

Dr. David Suisman, Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware

1:45 - 2pm


2 - 2:45pm

Beyond the Piano Bench: The Many Uses of Sheet Music in Instruction

Dr. Joseph M. Thompson, Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Alexandra Hui, Associate Professor of History, Mississippi State University
Jennifer McGillan, Associate Professor / Coordinator of Manuscripts, Mississippi State University Libraries

2:45 - 3pm


3 - 3:45pm

Ragtime and the Percussion Ensemble: Going Beyond Joplin and Green

Grace McCommon, PhD Candidate, University of Memphis


Closing Remarks

Jennifer McGillan