2024 Charles H. Templeton Jr. Business of Music Symposium

February 21, 2024
9:15 am to 4:00 pm

About this event

Please join us for the second-annual Charles H. Templeton Jr. Business of Music Symposium.

The Symposium will take place both in-person in the John Grisham Room of Mitchell Memorial Library and online. Please register below for on-line access.

9:15 a.m.: Welcome - Charles H. Templeton Jr.

9:30-10:15 a.m.: The Critical Response to Profitable Concerts: Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, 1930-1950 (virtual), Ayden Adler, assistant professor of arts administration, University of Houston

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Ragging Mass Culture: Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley and the Rise of the American Entertainment Industry, (virtual, pre-recorded) Samuel Backer, post-doctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lunch

1-1:45 p.m.: Keynote speech (virtual): Understanding the Rise of Music as Big Business: Three Revolutions, David Suisman, associate professor of history, University of Delaware

1:45-2 p.m.: Break

2-2:45 Beyond the Piano Bench: The Many Uses of Sheet Music in Instruction, Joseph M. Thompson, assistant professor of history, Mississippi State University; Alexandra Hui, associate professor of history, Mississippi State University; and Jennifer McGillan, associate professor/coordinator of manuscripts, Mississippi State University Libraries

2:45-3 p.m.: Break

3-3:45 p.m.: Ragtime and the Percussion Ensemble: Going Beyond Joplin and Green, Grace McCommon, Ph.D. candidate, University of Memphis

4 p.m.: Closing remarks, Jennifer McGillan


John Grisham Room, Mitchell Memorial Library; online
Primary Sponsoring Organization
Mitchell Memorial Library
Contact Name
Jennifer McGillan
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