Gordon Spearritt Student Prize

Annual Student Symposium

The MSAQ Student Symposium: Spaces and Resonance  was held in M204 Concert Studio M Block Queensland University of Technology on the 25th September 2011.

Music resonates in personal, social and cultural spaces. In the 21st Century music researchers use digital tools alongside musicological and ethnomusicological methods to further understand these resonances and spaces.

The Annual MSAQ Student Symposium offers emerging researchers an opportunity to present their current work in a critical but supportive and encouraging environment.

While papers on all areas of music research are welcome, this year’s theme encouraged students to consider the implications of digital tools in music research in physical and virtual spaces. Continue reading

MSAQ Annual General Meeting


We would be pleased if you would join us for the  MSAQ Annual General Meeting:

3pm, Saturday 10th March,
Boardroom, Level 3
Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank

Please find attached the following three documents:

1)MSAQ Nomination Form_2012
2) MSAQ AGM Minutes 17 April 2011
2)MSAQ AGM Agenda 10 March 2012

Members who are unable to attend the AGM are encouraged to email or post a completed nomination form by Thursday 5th March to me (see form for contact details). Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the meeting.

We hope you are all able to attend.

Kind regards,

Danielle Bentley MSAQ Secretary


Farewell from the departing chair

Dear Colleagues,  it is with some sadness that I am unable to continue in my role as Chair of the MSAQ due to my recent illness. I do hope to remain in the committee and continue to serve with the national MSA as Qld representative. I would also like to continue maintaining the digital presence we have established through our blog: http://msaq.edublogs.org/  our VIMEO site for Videos of events: http://vimeo.com/17622456  and our Facebook presence: http://www.facebook.com/groups/73909903191/

I would particularly like to thank the exiting committee members for their support over the past 3 years and the  MSAQ members for making us the most progressive Musicological Society chapter in Australia. Whilst we are small our approach has been innovative and inclusive of new methodologies and modes of interaction. The pleasure of knowing and working with MSA members has been an enriching one for me. Please fine below a copy of my final report which went to National MSA in November 2011. I look forward to seeing MSAQ flourish in 2012 with a new committee and executive.  Regards Steve


Annual Report 2011

MSAQ Chairs report Dr Steve Dillon 3rd November 2011

MSAQ has maintained a vibrant presence in 2010/11 to diversify and promote scholarship that connects emerging musicologists with exciting projects in Queensland institutions. Based upon the theme ‘Spaces and Resonance’. The theme explored digital research methodologies through informal research meetings, which we plan to turn into regular, inter university Digital Café’s where research projects are discussed and presented informally and shared with multiple iPad’s for presentations. We hope to share these evenings through online participation.

2010/11 has been in some ways a challenging year. With executive members experiencing protracted family illnesses and busy lives our overall community interaction has been reduced. This was exacerbated by poor attendance at functions last year that reduced our financial capacity. The new executive has been meeting regularly and designed more financially neutral events and begun steps to particularly engage with our student membership and bring musicologist from across universities together. This has involved cross-institutional research advice and informal meetings rather than major events. We have also appointed a student vice chair who will lead the initiative to address the needs of student membership.

The annual Student Symposium was held in October at Queensland University of Technology and the Gordon Spearritt Prize shared between QUT Music MA Research Student Kathy Hirche and University of Queensland PhD Candidate Katherine Iddles for the most outstanding student papers. The MSAQ Blog features video summaries of MSAQ events (http://msaq.edublogs.org/tag/musicology-queensland/) alongside paper transcripts and notices and harnessed the use of Facebook events and a facebook MSAQ group page (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=73909903191) to contact members using Web 2.0 technologies more aligned with many members daily practices for communication.

We have contacted the National executive about the issue of access to updating the National website and have yet to have a satisfactory solution to this problem which has been static for close to 3 years now. Consequently we will continue our own blog until we can integrate it into the National website satisfactorily.

Furthermore we are concerned about the expediency of fund transfer and membership. We suggested last year that MSA National acquire a PayPal account for more direct and immediate membership renewals and a more efficient system of renewal notices be considered so that more effective dissemination of funds can be arranged at chapter level. Managing money in these ways is not difficult as I do so with several other organizations and it automates what we generally don’t have time to do.

In closing I would like to extend my gratitude to the committee members this year for their efficient and friendly support and encouragement. The creative ideas flowing from breakfast meetings are a testament to their commitment to musicology community. Their diversity of application is a wonderful representation of just how ‘switched on’ MSAQ is in the musicological world. Many thanks to Sandra Kirkwood who drives long distances to participate in meetings and events, to newly conferred Dr Danielle Bentley for tireless efficiency, Katherine Iddles as our first student vice chair, John Ong for taking on the role of treasurer, Adam Cadell for his contemporary insights and Dr Kirsty Gillespie for her warm presence and sage advice. We are always grateful for the grace of having an elder statesman who participates actively in our community, Gordon Spearritt. Small organisations are often driven by a few people with passion- this one is full of young enthusiastic and bright musicians who our share a passion for music and research. The participation of members in MSAQ is a joy to experience.

Dr Steve Dillon

Chair, MSAQ


Congratulations Danielle Bentley

Congratulations to Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries Music & Sound PhD student Danielle Bentley whose thesis: Restrung new chamber festival: an exploration of contemporary string practice. has been passed by examiners and recommended for an Outstanding Thesis Award.  Danielle is secretary of the Musicological Society of Australia Queensland Chapter and her work articulates the new breed of contemporary musicians who perform, create and curate music communities. Bentley’s Agency  specialises in Strings and is a boutique business owned and managed by Danielle Bentley.  savetoDISC and Music researchers in Australia applaud this practice led work in Creative Industries. Well Done Danielle!

RIP Stephen Stanfield

It is with deepest sympathy and sadness that Musicians in Australia mourn the loss of Inspirational composer and teacher Stephen Stanfield. Our sympathy go to his wife Liesl and children Harrison and Genevieve and family. Stephen’s work as a composer of electronic and orchestral music was always innovative and his teaching Inspired many musicians and teachers.

Call for papers MSAQ Student Symposium

Join the Musicology Society of Australia

 Annual Student Symposium

 Spaces and Resonance 

M204 Concert Studio

M Block

Queensland University of Technology

 Kelvin Grove Campus

 25th September 2011


Music resonates in personal, social and cultural spaces. In the 21st Century music researchers use digital tools alongside musicological and ethnomusicological methods to further understand these resonances and spaces.

The Annual MSAQ Student Symposium offers emerging researchers an opportunity to present their current work in a critical but supportive and encouraging environment.

 While papers on all areas of music research are welcome, this year’s theme encourages students to consider the implications of digital tools in music research in physical and virtual spaces.

Proposals should be submitted no later than Friday 16th September 2011. Submissions should include a 200-word abstract, the title of the paper, student’s name and location/institutional affiliation, contact details, and details of equipment requirements. Students will be notified of the outcome of their proposals by Wednesday 21st September 2011.

Submissions should be sent to the MSAQ Secretary: Danielle Bentley, Danielle@bentleysagency.com.au .

Registration includes morning tea and lunch

Members: $15

Non-members: $25

All student papers will be eligible for the

Gordon Spearritt Prize for best student presentation ($300).

Join the Musicology Society of Australia

Steep Slopes: Music and change in Papua New Guinea

Preserving cultural values embedded in music and making sense of profound social change in communities has always been a role that music and musicians play.
Dr Kirsty Gillespie is an ethnomusicologist working in Papua New Guinea who is taking an active role in engaging with the complex ethical and social implications of preserving cultural values and examining the role that music plays in social change.  In her  book: Steep Slopes: Music and change in Papua New Guinea we experience an ethnographic account of the role that Musicology is playing in applied context in the 21st Century. Please join her to celebrate the release of this book.

Please join me for drinks to celebrate the launch of my book ‘Steep Slopes: Music and change in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea’.

When: Friday 13th May, from 5.30pm
Where: Coorparoo Bowls Club, cnr Riddings St and Harries Rd, Coorparoo
What: cash bar, nibbles provided… no boring speeches!
Music: courtesy of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society (aka BUMS)

Open mic will be on from 7pm so please bring your instruments if you’d like to play us a song.

Copies of the book will be available for $20.

Hope to see you there,

MSA National Conference deadline for abstracts

MSA Conference

For more information please visit the conference website: http://www.music.uwa.edu.au/research/power-of-music/icme

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the ‘Power of Music’ – the 34th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia and the 2nd International Conference on Music and Emotion. The conference will be held at The University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia, between 30 November and 3 December 2011.

The theme for this joint conference of the Musicological Society of Australia (MSA) and the International Conference on Music and Emotion (ICME) is the ‘Power of Music’ – a broad theme which encompasses the many ways in which music is and has been powerful in human societies.

How musicologists respond to the notion that music has power will be explored in the broadest terms through performance-based, analytical, historical, cultural, social, behavioural and scientific perspectives.

The emotional power of music will be examined by analysing the ways in which emotion is encoded and mediated through musical sounds and structures, and through exploration of how musical emotion is conceptualised, modelled and measured. Continue reading