Sympathetic Vibrations: Sound, Communities, Environments

8th Biennial Yale Graduate Music Symposium | March 4-5, 2022

Held virtually, register here. | PDF Version of program here. | Click here for paper abstracts.


Allison Chu | Áine Palmer | hallie voulgaris

The YGMS 2022 chairs would like to thank the following individuals and committees for their support in the planning and execution of this conference:

Ian Quinn, Chair of the Music Department | Daniel Harrison, Director of Graduate Studies, Music Department | Kristine Kinsella, Department Registrar, Music Department | Jennifer Gambaccini-Denillo, Assistant to the Chair | Elaine Culmo and custodial staff | Logistics and Catering Committee (Philip Bixby, Emily Korzeniewski, Jessica Sipe) | Publicity and Website Committee (Nathan Smith, Chloe Smith, Alec Wood)

YGMS 2022 is generously supported by a grant from the Yale Graduate School Dean’s Fund for Student-Organized Symposia.

Yale University acknowledges that indigenous peoples and nations, including Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Niantic, and the Quinnipiac and other Algonquian speaking peoples, have stewarded through generations the lands and waterways of what is now the state of Connecticut. We honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples and nations and this land.



Friday, March 4 – All events listed in Eastern Time


11:45am Zoom room opens
12:00-12:15   Opening remarks

Daniel Harrison, Director of Graduate Studies

12:15-1:45 Digitizing Environments

Alec Wood, moderator


Natalie Farrell (University of Chicago)

K. K. Covid-19: Temporality, Cultural Trauma, and the Animal Crossing New Horizons Soundtrack


Lydia Wagenknecht (University of Colorado Boulder)

Una conciencia antartica: Lluvia Acida and the Politics of Polar Identity


Lara Weaver (Queens University Belfast)

Sounding and Ungrounding Sacred Spaces: Acousmatism, Site-Specific Practice, and Resonating from Afar

1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-3:30 Workshop

Tavia Nyong’o (Yale University)

Braxton Shelley (Yale University)

3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-5:30 Constructing Religious Identities

Zac Stewart, moderator


C. E. Aaron (Yale Institute of Sacred Music)

“Baby this melody will show you another way”: Janelle Monáe’s Afrofuturist Worldbuilding


Philip Oddi (York University)

Taqwacore: Punk as a Secular, Social, and Religious Commentator


Alexandra Dreher (Yale Institute of Sacred Music)

The Unsung Violence of a “Völkisch” Hymnal

5:30-5:45 Break
5:45-7 Zoom Reception and Happy Hour



Saturday, March 5 – All events listed in Eastern Time


9:00am Zoom room opens
9:15-11:15 Singing Together

Taryn Dubois, moderator


Bidisha Chakraborty (Banaras Hindu University)

Songs of Power: A Study of Gaari Geet


Scott Gray Douglass (Pennsylvania State University)

Fishers of Song: Community Music Education in Madagascar


Katelyn Hearfield (University of Pennsylvania)

Collective Trauma, Communal Singing: Musicking in Manchester in Response to Terror


Jennifer Sherrill (University of California, Davis)

Singing for Siniparxi: Lessons on Contact Theory and Community Building from the Moria Refugee Camp

11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-1:00 Performing Queerness

hallie voulgaris, moderator


Alexander F. Hardan (Brown University)

“…Leader of the Free Spirit Camp”: The Queer Counterpublic of Martha Argerich


Elizabeth Lawrensen (Stony Brook University)

The Modern Body in Lil Nas X’s Montero: Call Me By Your Name


Cana McGhee (Harvard University)

Marbled Kweens: Digitally Performing Plant Parenthood

1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-4:00 Relocating Sound

Hannah Rosa Schiller, moderator


Jessica Chow (Royal College of Art)

Popular Syncopated Music: Elisabeth Welch and the Influence of Jazz Modernity in 1930s Britain


Joshua Tolulope David (University of Toronto)

Naija Hip-hop: Towards the Indigenization of Hip-hop Music in Nigeria


Jade Conlee (Yale University)

Empire of Leisure: Race and Mobility in Martin Denny’s Musical Textures

4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-5:45 Keynote lecture

Jessica Bissett Perea (University of California, Davis)

5:45-5:50 Closing remarks