Eileen M. Hayes, chair of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology, stands in front of the Gänseliesel at the market square in the medieval town of Göttingen. Hayes taught at Georg- August Universität, located in central Germany, in Summer 2010 as a visiting professor, through an award of the German Academic Exchange Service. Hayes is the first African American to chair a division at the College of Music, a milestone she referenced at her book reading in February 2010. Students and faculty from across campus gathered to listen to passages from Songs in Black and Lavender: Race, Sexual Politics, and Women's Music, a book in which Hayes theorizes black women's experiences at the majority of white and predominantly lesbian music festivals that have been held throughout the United States. Songs was nominated for the Ruth Benedict Prize for excellence in writing from
After learning about a former student’s family crisis, Regents Professor J. Keith Johnson spent six weeks during the 2010 Spring semester commuting back and forth from UNT to the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. What follows is a letter Dean James C. Scott received from the Dean of the KC Conservatory of Music and Dance expressing deep gratitude to Professor Johnson for extraordinary service to a College of Music alumnus:
an anthropological perspective on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender topic. Hayes has taught at the College of Music since 2002 and is charged with the stewardship of a nineteen- member faculty. She is the founding chair of the College of Music's Advisory Council on Diversity, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of multiculturalism and gender issues in music through extracurricular programming. Her research and publication interests include African American music, feminist theories, queer studies in the social sciences, and race in American popular culture. She is the co-editor of Black Women and Music: More than the Blues and the book review editor for Women and Music: The Journal of Gender and Culture. In Fall 2010, she was elected 2nd vice-president of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Dear Dean Scott, I am writing to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of your colleague, Regents Professor J. Keith ohnson, during a particularly challenging time for our institution. Unexpectedl , in anuary our professor of trumpet, Keith Benjamin, learned that his six-year old son, Cameron, was suering from a rare form of leukemia. Upon learning of the diagnosis, we arranged for Keith to take a leave so that he could assist as Cameron undertook chemotherapy. Our Professor Benjamin, an alumnus of the University of North exas, studied with Keith ohnson and considers ohnson a dear mentor and friend. Upon learning of our Keiths’ challenges, your Keith immediately oered to y to Kansas City and teach for six weeks throughout the semester. With great humilit , he oered to do this gratis, a move that helped us tremendously in a very challenging budgetary climate.
I will tell you that his gesture of support, and the caring way in which it was oered, brought us to tears. At the very least, I wanted to write this note to assert what you already kno , that in Keith ohnson UNT has a musician and mentor of the utmost integrity and spirit. But for Professor ohnsons’ gift of time and skill, we would have been
in a very challenging situation. e are very thankful to Keith and to you – in a most schools and greatest meaningful way. UNT has demonstrated that ultimately the greatest
teachers lead through compassion and caring. needed it. ruly.
Again, thank you for lifting us up when we
With warmth and gratitude, Peter Witte, Dean Conservatory of Music and Dance University of Missouri, Kansas City
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