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Rose Rosengard Subotnik wins two AMS Awards

In a feat unprecedented in the history of the American Musicological Society (AMS), Rose Rosengard Subotnik, Professor Emerita of Music, won two awards at the yearly meeting.

She was selected as an honorary member of the AMS at this year's meeting in Philadelphia, and she also won the Slim Award (best article by scholar beyond early stages).

Honorary Membership to the AMS is granted to those "long-standing members of the Society who have made outstanding
contributions to furthering its stated object."

During the presentation of the honorary membership, Jane Bernstein, President, American Musicological Society and Austin Fletcher Professor of Music at Tufts University, read a citation, saying that Subotnik's work "foreshadowed and influenced the integration of musicology with critical and cultural theories, as seen particularly in [her] books Developing variations: style and ideology in Western music and Deconstructive variations: music and reason in western society."

Subotnik won the second award for "Shoddy Equipment for Living?: Deconstructing the Tin Pan Alley Song," in Musicological Identities: Essays in Honor of Susan McClary (Ashgate), pp. 205-18.

The by-laws of the society state that the H. Colin Slim Award "honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of her or his career and who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States."

In a citation read by Christoph Wolff, Chairman of the Slim Committee and Adams University Professor at Harvard, the AMS stated that Subotnik's article was "refreshingly critical...makes us rethink the early history of American popular music. It focuses on a song repertory that has received little scholarly attention, and removes the longstanding stigma associated with it. By taking these songs seriously the author suggests a role for them in expressing and empowering American values, especially vitality, optimism, and action. The argument, presented with remarkable clarity and ease, will surely spark further studies and inspire further pondering. It reflects the work of a scholar who knows how to use the tools central to our discipline, but also how to add worldly wisdom acquired through a long and courageous struggle with central issues of the value and social impact music can have."

The American Musicological Society's announcement has the full list of award winners.

The Department of Music is thrilled to have been the academic home of Rose Rosengard Subotnik, one of the seminal thinkers in twentieth-century musical scholarship, and a peerless teacher, advisor, and colleague.