Music and Politics in the Young Republic: A Mini-Symposium

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Please join us virtually on Friday, April 23rd at the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy for an afternoon of conversations and performances exploring music and politics in the early American republic. All sessions are free and open to the public but pre-registration is required to participate in the work-in-progress seminar in the evening.

All events will be held via Zoom. Anyone interested in attending either the 12:30 pm session or 3:30 pm session (or both) should contact Thomas Kane,, to receive Zoom links to participate. To attend the workshop seminar at 5:30 pm please contact Prof. Jeff Pasley,, or symposium convener Dr. Billy Coleman,, for more information.


12:30-2:00 pm CST – Histories
A Conversation on Writing about Music and Politics in the Young Republic

Moderator: Daniel Cavicchi (Rhode Island School of Design)

Billy Coleman (University of Missouri) Author: Harnessing Harmony: Music, Power, and Politics in the United States, 1788–1865 (UNC Press, 2020)
Laura Lohman (Queens University of Charlotte) Author: Hail Columbia! American Music and Politics in the Early Nation (OUP, 2020)

3:30-5:00 pm CST – Performances
A Conversation on Playing the Music We Can’t Hear

Moderator: Stephanie Shonekan (University of Missouri)

David R. McCormick (Early Music Access Project)
Billy Coleman and Running Notch (Harnessing Harmony Book Soundtrack)

5:30-7:30 pm CST – Soundscapes (pre-registration required)
Missouri Regional Seminar on Early American History

Rebeccah Bechtold (Wichita State University)
Workshop Paper: “‘My ears flop in your favor’: Early American Plantation Novels and the Sounds of Slavery”
    Interlocutor: Katrina Thompson Moore (Saint Louis University)

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