ReSounding the Archives, a collaborative project that brings together digital humanities, history, and music, will hold a free public symposium at UVA on April 24 from 5:30-8pm in the Garden Room of Hotel E. The project, funded by a 4-VA research grant, is a joint effort by students, faculty, librarians, and technologists at George Mason University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech University to literally to “re-sound” the archives. It aims to bring World War I sheet music to life through recordings and live performances. The project website (to be presented at the event) will provide digitized sheet music, historical context, and usable recordings of each song.
At this public symposium, students from UVA Professor Elizabeth Ozment's “ReSounding the Archives” course will present their research on WWI-era sheet music from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. During spring 2018, students in Dr. Elizabeth Ozment’s course have been working with librarians Abigail Flanigan and Winston Barham to select and research WWI-era sheet music.
Students in VT's English and History departments, with VT's University Library Special Collections, have been selecting and researching sheet music in their archive, and they will present their research. Music students at Mason and VT have been working with student sound engineers to create studio recordings of each piece, and they will perform selections of their work. GMU's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, led by Kelly Schrum, Associate Professor of Higher Education, and Jessica Dauterive, Digital History Fellow, will publicly present the website they have developed for the project.
4-VA is a collaborative partnership between six Virginia universities, and it promotes collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university and improve efficiencies in higher education across the Commonwealth of Virginia. It began in 2010, when George Mason University (GMU), James Madison University (JMU), the University of Virginia (UVA) and Virginia Tech (VT) joined with Governor Bob McDonnell, other members of Virginia’s government, and Cisco Systems, Inc. to advocate multidisciplinary research, course sharing and educational initiatives for significant, innovative solutions to educational and real-world problems.
The symposium is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Hotel E is located at 250 McCormick Road, the far southwest corner of Jefferson's original Range.