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William Westney:

H.C. Andersen Visiting Professorial Fellow 2009-10

 

    - Videos as broadcast on Danish Television (ALT-Aabenraa Lokal TV): HERE.

    - Press Coverage: HERE.

    - Summary report (pdf) of tenure as HCA-Academy Visiting Professorial Fellow: HERE.

    - Page on the HCA Visiting Professorial Fellow website: HERE.

    - See also "Archive for 'Updates'" HERE

     

    William Westney,Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano and Browning Artist-in-Residence
    School of Music, Texas Tech University, was appointed
     H.C. Andersen Visiting Professorial Fellow at The University of Southern Denmark during the 2009-2010 academic year, affiliated with The Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The story profiling Prof. Westney on this website at the time of his appointment appears below.

         Prof. Westney continues to be actively associated with the The Aesthetics of Music and Sound as well as with NNIMIPA: Nordic Network for the Integration of Music Informatics, Performance and Aesthetics. His ongoing research activities in affiliation with these networks are chronicled throughout www.soundmusicresearch.org and www.nnimipa.org.

         For documentary coverage of Prof. Westney's activities as H.C. Andersen Visiting Professorial Fellow, please see the links at the top of this page.

     

    William Westney named HCA-Academy Guest Professor 2009-10

     

     

    The Hans Christian Andersen (HCA) Academy was founded in 2001 in order to contribute to the cultivation of ideas and values which may be shared universitywide and across disciplinary borders at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). One of the programs sponsored by the HCA Academy for the promotion of this goal is the annual award of a HCA-Academy Guest Researcher Residency to a scholar from abroad who can exert an invigorating influence within a disciplinary setting at SDU, while also taking part in SDU-sponsored events whose scope is universitywide as well as open to the general public. HCA Guest Researchers are appointed by the Vice-Chancellor (Rektor) upon the recommendation of the HCA Academy for a residency of six months’ duration.

     

     

     

    The Aesthetics of Music and Sound is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. William Westney as HCA Academy Guest Professor for a period of six months distributed throughout the 2009-2010 academic year. The appointment of William Westney as HCA Academy Guest Professor brings an outstanding and internationally acclaimed teacher, researcher and concert pianist with marked interdisciplinary interests to SDU. Westney will be affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy, Education and the Study of Religions (IFPR) at the University of Southern Denmark and is a member of the research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound. As both Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano and Browning Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University, Westney is uniquely qualified to work within and survey the functioning of both academic and performance milieux.

     

    Westney regards academic research and instrumental performance preparation as two closely related species of information-seeking and integration. He has perfected an engaging presentational style in which  conceptual research is combined with concert-style instrumental performance. The topics on which he currently is working range from the pedagogical (elucidating concepts in education and philosophy through the intense and very "real" prism of concert performance) to the philosophical (delving deeper in the musical implications of the work of pragmatist philosophers such as James, Dewey and Peirce) and the aesthetic/literary (employing the methods of discourse narrative in order to support interpretive choices faced by the practicing musician).  

     

    Westney's work is directly applicable to research being done by PhD students as well as faculty at IFPR. It is also relevant with regard to ideas currently in circulation at IFPR as to how the Institute can contribute more substantively to the support and development of the teaching of music and art in primary, secondary and upper-secondary school.

     

    Westney's international reputation as an educator stems largely from two innovative and revitalizing contributions to the field of music performance and its related psychological/pedagogical issues: (1) His book The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self (Amadeus Press, 2003), is now in its second printing, having sold well over 10,000 copies worldwide, and (2) His trailblazing performance workshop (for all performers, regardless of instrument or musical genre), called "The Un-Master Class," which has been held in conferences, universities and conservatories from Beijing and Seoul to London, Vienna, Toronto, Melbourne, Mexico City and most major cities in the U.S. Interestingly, even though he is a prize-winning concert artist (Geneva International Competition, among many others), it is as an educational specialist that he was awarded a U.S. Fulbright "Senior Specialist" grant to teach, lecture, and perform at seven universities in Korea in 2006. He has also been entrusted with a pivotal educational role in the U.S. as chair of the Editorial Committee (since 2005) of American Music Teacher, the largest-circulation musical pedagogy journal in the world. In 2008, Texas Tech selected him for its highest teaching honor, the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award.

     

    Another area Westney has focused on throughout his career is the issue of wellness and injury avoidance among musicians. Sharing his empirical findings regarding both the healthy mechanics of playing and the psycho-physical issues of practicing, he has presented at conferences devoted to performing arts medicine.

     

    William Westney already proved before starting his tenure as H.C. Andersen Guest Professor that he could relate well to audiences within the region of Southern Denmark. During November 2008 he toured three of the cities in Denmark where SDU has campi - Sønderborg, Esbjerg and Odense - under the auspices of the IFPR-SDU research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound. In Sønderborg, Westney's concert lecture at the piano in Alsion on November 19, 2008 attracted an audience of 250-300 and he held a memorable "Un-Master Class" for music school students in the region. In Esbjerg, Westney gave a lecture at the Network for Cross-Disciplinary Studies of Music and Meaning (NTSMB) conference Music In and Out of the Body (see www.ntsmb.dk) under IFPR-aegis at The Academy of Music and Music Communication (VMK) as well as a concert lecture at the piano and an "Un-Masterclass", and he concluded his 2008-tour here at SDU in Odense on November 26, 2008 with a concert lecture at the piano (for program, see HERE).

     

    For more information about William Westney, please see www.depts.ttu.edu/music/SOM/WilliamWestney.asp and

    www.williamwestney.com. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Department for the
    Study of Culture

     

     

     

    Research Director for 

    The Performances of

    Everyday Living

    Coordinator for

    The Aesthetics of

    Music and Sound

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    Editor and Webmaster for

    www.soundmusicresearch.org:

    Cynthia M. Grund

    cmgrund@sdu.dk

     

     

    Updates

     

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    December 6:

     

    Seminar: Vitus Vestergaard (in person), PhD, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark; Christophe Szpajdel (via Skype), internationally renowned Belgian logo artist. Sound and Symbol: Making Sense of Metal Band Logos.Thursday, December 11, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. This is the twelfth and final seminar during the fall of 2014 in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The schedule for all seminars during the fall 2014 semester may be found HERE. The schedule for all seminars during the spring 2015 semester may be found HERE.

     

     

     

     

     

    November 29:

     

    Seminar: Jacob Rendtorff, Dr. scient. adm. (doctor scientarium administrationis), Ph.D, Mag. art. & Diplom Pol. Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Business and Information, Technologies, Roskilde University.Existence and Music: From Nietzsche and Wagner to Sartre and Jazz. Thursday, December 4, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. This is the eleventh seminar during the fall of 2014 in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The schedule for all seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

     

    November 22:

     

    Seminar: Johnny Harboe, M.A. in comparative literature from The University of Southern Denmark. Fluctuating Heterotopias – An Ocean View on Modern  Metal   Music. Thursday, November 27, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. This is the tenth seminar during the fall of 2014 in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The schedule for all seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

    November 16:

     

    Seminar:  Marianne Børch, dr.phil., Professor. University of Southern Denmark, Institute for the Study of Culture - English. Musical Cosmology. Thursday, November 20, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. This is the ninth seminar during the fall of 2014 in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The schedule for all seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

    KAMMERMUSIKFESTIVAL - LUNCHTIME CONCERT

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014

    First concert in the 2014 Chamber Music Festival with students from the

    Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Southern Denmark (Syddansk Musikkonservatorium og Skuespillerskole-SMKS)

    Thursday, November 20, 12 noon - 1 p.m. on the Campus Square, University of Southern Denmark at Odense For more information, please see HERE.

     

     

    November 10:

     

    Seminar: William Westney, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano, Browning Artist-in-Residence School of Music, Texas Tech University.  Franz Liszt and Metal Music - an Aesthetic Affinity? Thursday, November 13, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. This is the eighth seminar during the fall of 2014 in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The schedule for all seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

    LUNCHTIME CONCERT with William Westney, piano. Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schumann og Kapustin.    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014

    12 noon - 1 p.m. in THE WINTER GARDEN.  Concert poster available HERE as pdf-file.   Concert program with notes available HERE as pdf-file.

    Facebook event page available HERE

     

     

    Seminar - Viewing Piano-playing Avatars in an fMRI-Scanner: What Motion Capture and Brain Scans Reveal about (1) the Effects that Intentions Can Have on the Way Pianists Perform and (2) Audience Perception of these Performances - in Aarhus on November 12 - at Aarhus University, Center of Functionally Integrated Neuroscience, Music in the Brain with William Westney and Cynthia M. Grund; see HERE.

     

     

    November 4: Mogens Davidsen, PhD, Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark. Seminar: Serial Poetry and Music. Thursday, November 6, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. This is the seventh seminar during the fall of 2014 in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound. The schedule for all seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

     

    October 24: Week 42 (October 13-19) was fall break at universities here in Denmark. . . . and now we are heading into the second half of the fall semester. Due to conferences and other activity the seminar series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound and the Lunchtime Concert Series will be taking a pause until primo November. Much else is happening, however:

     

    Conference -

    Thursday, October 29-Saturday, November 1

     

    If you are in San Antonio, Texas,  October 30, you are welcome to attend when William Westney and Cynthia M. Grund present Of Avatars, Musical Embodiment and Perception at

     

     

    American Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting - San Antonio, Texas - Hotel Contessa.  For the complete program, please see HERE.

     

    Conference -

    Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in U77

     

     

    Representaciones de la guerra
    Diarios de vida, Biografías, Literatura, Películas

    Organized by Claudio Cifuentes-Aldunate under the sponsorship of the Department for the Study of Culture and the Department of Language and Communication.Poster available for download HERE.

     

    Radio Interview

     

     

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 -Abigail Arroyos'  radio interview with William Westney and Cynthia M. Grund airs on National Public Radio, KTTZ 89.1 FM: Inside Texas Tech: Research Bringing Music, Philosophy, Body Movement Together. Listen to the interview HERE.

     

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    October 3: Lunchtime Concert with Louise Nordstrøm,  Thursday, October 9, 12 noon -1 p.m. in The Winter Garden, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Please see HERE for details.

     

     

     

     

    The concert will be followed by a seminar with Theo van Leeuwen, Professor of Multimodal Communication at the University of Southern Denmark and Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney  - Vox Humana - Thursday,  October 9, 4:15 p.m. - 6 p.m. in in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M.  PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME TO ONE HOUR LATER. THIS IS DUE TO THE ANNUAL UNIVERSITY-WIDE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN ACADEMY LECTURE BEING HELD AT 3:00 p.m.in U45: WIZARDRY WITH LIGHT WITH PROFESSOR LENE VESTERGAARD HAU. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for all  seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

     

    September 27: Seminar with Cynthia M. Grund (in person), Associate Professor of Philosophy, Institute for the Study of Culture, SDU, and William Westney (via Skype), Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano, Browning Artist-in-Resid​ence School of Music, Texas Tech University:  What Avatars and Brain Scans Reveal about the Effects that  Intentions Can Have on the Way a Performer Plays. Thursday, October 2, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for all  seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

    September 19: Lunchtime Concert with Per Aage Brandt, jazz pianist,Thursday, September 25, 12 noon -1 p.m. in The Winter Garden, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Program HERE; poster HERE.   followed by a seminar, also with 

     

     

    Per Aage Brandt, Professor Adj. in Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. Founder of the journal Cognitive Semiotics: What Chords Are Doing: On Tonality in Jazz Improvisation and in Tonal Music in General. From Schönberg
    to Bill Evans. Thursday, September 25, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in in U67,
    University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for all  seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

     

     

    September 14: Lunchtime Concert with Sofie KØ, alternative poprock, with August Korsgaard at the piano and Laurits Brinkmann on bass.  Thursday, September 18, 12 noon -1 p.m. in The Winter Garden, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M.

     

     

     

    The concert will be followed by a seminar with Coen Elemans, PhD, Associate  Professor, Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark - The Real "All-singing, All-dancing" Thing: Sound Production and Communication in Songbirds - Thursday, September 18

    8, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for all  seminars during the semester may be found HERE.

     

     

     

     

    September 7: Seminar with Jakob Christensen Dalsgaard, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Sound Communication, Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark - What Did the World Sound Like to the Dinosaurs?Thursday, September 11, 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. in in U67, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M. Audience participation via Skype is also welcome. Poster for the seminar available HERE. The schedule for all  seminars during the semester may be found HERE. . .

     

     

     

    . . . and the semester got off to a great start on September 4 with a Lunchtime Concert performed by Jens Jakob Kjær Hansen in The Winter Garden at SDU.Program HERE. Poster HERE. . .

     

     

     

     

    . . .  the concert was followed by the first seminar in the series Topics in the Aesthetics of Music and Sound for the fall of 2014 -
    Sound as Environment: Towards an Aesthetics of Sonic Environmentality with
    Ulrik Schmidt, PhD, Assistant Professor in Performance-design at Roskilde University, Denmark. Poster for the seminar available
    HERE. The schedule for all  seminars during the semester may be found HERE

     

     

    June 17, 2014:

     

     

    As observant members of our Facebook group already know, on June 11 it was announced that JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning has had its funding from theDanish Council for Independent Research | Culture and Communication renewed for the next three years. Please see http://ufm.dk/en/research-and-innovation/funding-programmes-for-research-and-innovation/who-has-received-funding/2014/-1 under "Journals."

     

     

    June 2, 2014: A visit to the archives (HERE) for The Aesthetics of Music and Sound  - Cross-Disciplinary Interplay between the Humanities, Technology and Musical Practice reveals that construction of the homepage www.soundmusicresearch.org began five years ago today on June 2, 2009.  So, a little celebration is in order!

     

    As of January 1, 2014 it is also the site of the SDU-IKV Research Program The Performances of Everyday Living.

     

     

     

    Archive

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    (Includes the description of the SDU-IFPR research program The Aesthetics of Music and Sound which initially appeared online in Danish as Musikkens og Lydens Aestetik during the fall of 2006.)