Students Organize Black Musicians' Guild
The Black Musicians' Guild, a new Conservatory organization, was founded by Martha Newland '03 and Ivy Newman '04, (co-presidents) to bring African-American musicians to Oberlin for free, public lectures, master classes, and performances. The Guild got underway with a November 2001 appearance by Michael Morgan '79, Music Director of Oakland East Bay Symphony.

Widely regarded as an expert on the importance of arts education and minority access to the arts, Morgan focused his Oberlin forum on
Michael Morgan's master class.

opportunities and challenges in the music business.

While an Oberlin student, Morgan spent a summer at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, working with such conducting greats as Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Along with his Oakland East Bay Symphony duties, Morgan serves as Artistic Director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, Music Director of the Sacramento Philhar-monic, and Music Director of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek. He was honored in 2000 by CityFlight Newsmagazine as one of the ten most influential African Americans in the Bay Area.

Composer Anthony Kelley, Assis-tant Professor of Composition at Duke University was hosted by the Guild in December at its second forum. His lecture, "The Undeniable Influence of African and African-American Music on Art Music," investigated the music of composers such as Adams, Barber, Bartok, Dvorak, and Stravinsky in relation to elements of African and African-American approaches to music making.

The Guild's other board members are Shinnerrie Jackson '03, secretary and Frederick Jackson '02, treasurer. The Guild was formed with the support of Wendell Logan, Professor of African-American Music and Director of Oberlin's Jazz Studies Program; Jeffrey Mumford, Assistant Professor of Composition; and Kwame Willingham, African-American Com-munity Coordinator Intern in Oberlin's Multicultural Resource Center.

- David R. Daniels '84

Arias & Pixels: Oberlin's Online Opera Resource Guide
After Victoria Vaughan, Assistant Director of Opera Theater, noticed that students were having trouble finding resources to explain character roles or examine productions from a historical perspective, she came to the rescue by developing an online opera resource guide.

"My students have a good knowledge of music history, but they need to have a broad understanding of art history, translation, and costumes," says Vaughan.

Collaborator Kathy Abromeit, Conservatory Public Services Librarian, not only helped compile a resource list (the backbone of the guide) but is also co-teaching two classes each semester. Using the Conservatory library's new electronic classroom, students in Vaughan and Abromeit's class are learning how to search for books, to use journals and multi-media, and analyze performances.

Designed by Eric Einhorn '02 and Leslie Roberts '01, the development of the website (available to anyone interested in professional development) was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

­ Sue Kropp '99

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