One of my favorite areas of research is women in American music, from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Our knowledge of women as soloists, ensemble members, and chamber musicians on the vaudeville stage, the parade field, and the concert hall is limited. It is a challenge to uncover lost information about the world of low brass, and how this gives life to the history of American music.
An Early History of Music Education in Universities: The Normal School Years
Jill M. Sullivan
Publisher TBD, 2019
“‘A Yardstick of Whiteness’ Music and Cultural Identity on the Lumber River” by Joanna Ross Hersey
This upcoming book currently in progress will chronicle the musical activity in American Normal, or teacher training schools from their formation in the 19th century. The authors will examine the musical activities present in these early years, and showcase the musical experience given to teachers. As the schools were separated by race and often gender, the book will showcase diverse programs and provide a much-needed look into the history of American music education.
Jill M. Sullivan
Rowman & Littlefield (2016)
Chapter 4 “An Attraction of Unusual Merit”: Women’s Bands on the Vaudeville Stage” by Joanna Ross Hersey
This collection presents a sweeping 140-year story of successful all-women’s bands in the United States and Mexico and fills many gaps in our inherited musical histories. Taken together, these essays present a powerful story of resilience, showing that in creating these musical ensembles, women also created an empowering space for their own gendered agency. It would be useful in a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on gender and music, gender studies, historical musicology and ethnomusicology. (Ellen Koskoff, University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music)
Jill M. Sullivan
Scarecrow Press (2011)
Chapter 4 “The Coast Guard SPAR Band” by Joanna Ross Hersey
Jill Sullivan’s Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women’s Military Bands during World War II is a ‘must read’ for every music educator. Sullivan chronicled an important piece of American history that is not only informative but at times personal, emotional, and revelatory. I cheered, I chuckled, and I cried as I read it. The passion, excitement, and pain of the women in these bands touched both my head and my heart. Clearly, this is a powerful story and, just as clearly, Sullivan told it masterfully. (Journal of Historical Research in Music Education)
This work for unaccompanied solo tuba features the extended lower range of the instrument and can be heard on my recent solo album, Zigzags.
My new publication series of historical arrangements for brass by women and minority composers debuted this summer. My first installment is Three Medieval Songs, for solo tuba or euphonium, featuring two works by Hildegard von Bingen and one by Beatriz, Comtessa de Dia. This music can be heard on both of my solo albums, O quam mirabilis and Zigzags.
“An Attraction of Unusual Merit,” Women’s Bands on the Vaudeville Stage.” Chapter in A History of Women’s’ Bands in America: Performing Music and Gender in Society, edited by Jill Sullivan. Rowan & Littlefield, Landham, MD. 2015. UPCOMING THIS FALL!
“Ten Tips for Tip Top Tuba Mamas: Pregnancy in a Low Brass Performance Career,” The International Tuba and Euphonium Journal, Volume 41, No. 3, Winter 2014, 35-36.
“The Athena Brass Band.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Summer 2014, Volume 21, No. 1, p. 9.
“Bringing History to Light: New IWBC Awards for 2014.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Summer 2014, Volume 21, No. 1, p. 10-11.
“East Meets West” Orchestral Program Showcases the Work of Women.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Winter 2013, Volume. 20, No. 2, p. 4.
“IWBC 2012: Honoring Pioneers in Brass Performance.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Winter 2012, Volume 18, No. 2, p. 9.
Sullivan, Jill. Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women’s Military Bands During World War II. American Wind Band Society, Scarecrow Press, Lanham, MD. 2011. This new book features a chapter which I contributed on the USCG SPAR Band of World War II.
Book Review: “New Book Release Catalogs History of Women’s Military Bands.” Noteworthy: Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Winter 2011, Volume 17, No. 2, p. 10.
“A Musician as well, The Tuba and Euphonium Schulen of Robert Kietzer,” The International Tuba and Euphonium Journal, Volume 39, No. 1, Fall 2011, 69-77. Finalist, International Tuba and Euphonium Association Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research, 2011.
Article Review: “Women of U.S. Coast Guard SPAR Band Remembered.” Official Newsletter of the International Women’s Brass Conference, Summer 2009, Volume 15, No. 1, p. 10.
“A History of the United States Coast Guard SPAR Band,” The Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, with Jill Sullivan, co-author. Vol. XXX, No. 2. April 2009, 118-146.
“Higher Aspirations for Low Brass,” The North Carolina Music Educator’s Journal, Volume 95, Number 2, Winter 2009, 26.
“The Entertainment Value of Novelty: Women Brass Performers on the Vaudeville Stage,” The Historic Brass Society Journal, Vol. 20. 2008, 155-173.
Thanks to Dave Werden for posting this article on his website.