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21 December 2010
New member of the International Advisory Panel
We are delighted that Professor Jonathan Dunsby (Chair of the Music Theory Department and Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music) recently joined CMPCP’s International Advisory Panel. CMPCP will benefit from his expertise as a distinguished pianist and scholar.

22 November 2010
Richard Taruskin Lecture at Cambridge
On 19 November 2010 Professor Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) presented a lecture entitled ‘The Price of Literacy: Performing Practice Today‘ at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. This well-attended event was co-sponsored by CMPCP and the Cambridge Music Faculty.

19 November 2010
PSN International Conference Registration
Registration for the Performance Studies Network International Conference (University of Cambridge, 14-17 July 2011) is now open.

3 November 2010
CMPCP Research Student wins prize
Mats Küssner, who is studying for his PhD at King’s College London in association with CMPCP’s ‘Shaping Music in Performance’ project, has won first prize in the King’s School of Arts & Humanities Research Poster Competition. Mats’ poster can be seen here. CMPCP extends warm congratulations to Mats on this achievement.

25 October 2010
CMPCP Associates
CMPCP is pleased to announce the appointment of four CMPCP Associates: Dr Mine Doğantan Dack (Middlesex University), Dr Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Dr Nicolas Gold (University College London) and Dr Aaron Williamon (Royal College of Music). The four Associates have been contributing to the work of CMPCP on an ongoing basis and the new status reflects their significant effort and input to date.

15 October 2010
CMPCP Affiliate Artists
CMPCP is delighted to welcome ten new Affiliate Artists, all of whom are participating in the work of CMPCP in various ways throughout the centre’s five-year lifespan. The roster of Affiliate Artists includes Simon Channing, the four members of the Endellion Quartet (Andrew Watkinson, Ralph de Souza, Garfield Jackson and David Waterman), Margaret Faultless, Christopher Hogwood, Janis Kelly, Helen Reid and Susan Tomes. Many of these distinguished musicians have taken part in or will contribute to CMPCP events such as project workshops and the first PSN International Conference (July 2011), while others have a more ‘structural’ role in CMPCP’s Steering Committee or as consultants.

1 October 2010
CMPCP/IMR Performance Research Seminars
Beginning in Spring 2011, CMPCP will be co-sponsoring a series of performance research seminars with the Institute of Musical Research in London. The seminars will be organised by John Rink, Mine Doğantan Dack and other CMPCP Associate Directors in conjunction with the IMR. An annual series of lectures will be held in London and various other venues, the purpose of which is to present research about performance and to foster dialogue and debate between musicians and musicologists with a broad range of specialist interests and abilities. Mine Do?antan-Dack will present the first session at the IMR on 11 March 2011 on the topic, ‘The Workshop as a Research Tool’; John Sloboda will give the second seminar, focusing on the project he is currently leading at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

15 September 2010
Call for Papers: Performance Studies Network International Conference 14-17 July 2011
CMPCP’s Performance Studies Network will hold its first International Conference at the University of Cambridge from 14 to 17 July 2011. The main conference events will be held at the Faculty of Music, 11 West Road; delegates will be accommodated at nearby Robinson College, where other events will also take place. Professor Keith Sawyer will present a Plenary Paper on aspects of creativity, and delegates will be able to attend a concert by the renowned Endellion Quartet on Friday 15 July as well as other performances scattered through the conference programme. On 16 July, a conference dinner and ‘Total Performance Event’ will be held at Robinson College.

Proposals are invited for individual papers, research reports, special sessions, and posters on any topic in the field of music performance studies which directly or indirectly addressses one or more of CMPCP’s key research questions. Click here for further information.

26 April 2010
Performance Studies Network Resource Guide
CMPCP has launched a new PSN Resource Guide which will be of particular interest to members of the Performance Studies Network. Click here for further information.

13 April 2010
CMPCP welcomes two Research Associates
CMPCP is pleased to announce the appointment of two Research Associates to the Creative learning and ‘original’ music performance project.

Karen Wise will take up the post of Reseach Associate I (Quantitative Methods) on 1 May 2010. She is a psychologist, performer and teacher and began her professional life as a classical mezzo soprano. She studied music at the University of York, followed by postgraduate training at the Royal Northern College of Music, where her prizes included the Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder. She continues to perform as a soloist in oratorio, opera and concerts. In 2002 Karen began psychology study, first with the Open University, then at Wolverhampton University. She gained a PhD scholarship at Keele University with Prof. John Sloboda, and was awarded her doctorate in 2009 for her thesis ‘Understanding tone deafness: a multicomponential analysis of perception, cognition, singing and self-perceptions in adults reporting musical difficulties’. Karen received a 2006 Young Researcher Award from the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music.

Mirjam James will begin the post of Research Associate II (Qualitative Methods) on 1 July 2010. Her interest in the CMPCP project stems from her current research on group communication and rehearsal strategies of professional instrumentalists and singers. She started the research when employed as Acting Professor at Bremen University, during which the theoretical background, data collection, and first analyses were completed; initial results were presented at the annual conference of the German Society for Music Psychology (DGM) in September 2009 and at the conference ‘Music, Identity and Social Interaction’ in Manchester (February 2010). Her published research has so far concentrated on instrumentalists (mainly string quartets and vocal ensembles); she herself is a cellist and a singer. Her PhD research was published in 2007 as a monograph entitled Schnittmuster. Affektive Reaktionen auf variierte Bildschnitte bei Musikvideos (Münster: Lit-Verlag).

29 January 2010
First International PSN Conference: 14-17 July 2011
The Performance Studies Network – hosted by the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice – will hold its first international conference at the University of Cambridge from Thursday 14 July to Sunday 17 July 2011. For more information, please click here.