Logging in from the Waverly Building, New York University
Mike Beckerman is Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, Collegiate Professor of Music and Department Head at NYU, Distinguished Professor Lancaster University, UK. He is author of New Worlds of Dvorak, Janacek as Theorist and editor of several books on Czech music topics. He is Vice-President of the American Musicological Society and a Laureate of the Czech Music Council and has been awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor prize and the Janacek Medal from the Czech Ministry of Culture. He is currently writing a book on the last composition written in the Terezin concentration camp.
Logging in from the Leon Levy Foundation, New York
Barbara Haws has been the New York Philharmonic's Archivist and Historian since 1984. She has curated exhibitions and lectured extensively on the history of the Philharmonic. Haws along with Burton Bernstein is the editor of Leonard Bernstein: American Original published by Harper Collins, 2008 and is the author of "U.C. Hill, An American Musician Abroad (1835-37)," in American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century, ed. John Spitzer (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). Since 2009, Haws has led an effort funded by the Leon Levy Foundation to digitize 1.3 million pages of archival material, making it available over the web in three years.
Logging in from Reid Hall, Paris
Shamus Khan is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He teaches in the sociology department at Columbia University, and writes on culture, elites, and inequality.
Logging in from Tokyo Jo Kondo is Professor of Music at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, and also teaches at Tokyo University of Arts. He has written more than 130 compositions, ranging from solo pieces to orchestral and electronic works, which have been widely performed and recroded in Japan, North America, and Europe. Kondo has written extensively on musical matters, and since 1979 he has published five books spelling out in detail his own aesthetic and compositional ideas. He is also an associate editor of "Contemporary Music Review". In 2000 he directed the composition classes at the Dartington International School of Music and was on the jury of the Gaudeamus International Composers' competition, and was a featured composer at the 2005 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. During the summer of 2011, the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival featured his work. In January 2012, Jo Kondo was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Logging in from the Bard-Smolny campus, St. Petersburg Olga Manulkina is Associate Professor at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and chief editor of the Conservatory journal Opera musicologica. She was a music critic of the Russian federal newspaper Kommersant (1995-2002) and Afisha magazine (2003-2009) and an organizer of American season music festival in St. Petersburg (2008). Author of From Ives to Adams: American Music of the Twentieth Century (St. Petersburg, 2010), articles on Russian and American music and American-Russian relations; translations including Shostakovich: A Life Remembered by Elisabeth Wilson (St. Petersburg, 2006) and over 500 reviews and articles published in newspapers, magazines and internet. She is a member of the board of the St. Petersburg Composers' Union and of Pro Arte Foundation board of experts and a Fulbright alumna (2002, New York).
Logging in from Paine Hall, Harvard University Matthew Mugmon is completing his Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard University. His dissertation centers on the reception of Gustav Mahler's music in the United States before 1960, with a specific focus on the relationship between Mahler's music and key figures in American modernism, including Leonard Bernstein. Matthew has presented his research at regional, national, and international conferences, and his op-ed, "Boston, 'Cheers,' and Gustav Mahler," appeared in the Boston Globe last summer. He recently co-edited a volume on medieval music, his secondary field, with Thomas Forrest Kelly. And along with his colleague at Harvard, Frank Lehman, Matthew maintains Unsung Symphonies, a blog that focuses on orchestral works composed during the twentieth century.
Logging in from his home office, Berlin Wolfgang Rathert studied musicology (with Rudolf Stephan), philosophy and modern history at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he received his Ph.D. in 1987 with a dissertation on Charles Ives. After many years as music librarian at the Berlin University of Arts and teaching at the Humboldt University Berlin he became professor for musicology at the LMU München in 2002. His main research is the music of the twentieth century (with a special focus on American music) up to the present. He edited (together with J. Selk) the Chamber Music of Kurt Weill for the Kurt Weill Complete Edition, gave guest lectures at different U.S. universities (Cornell, Harvard, Urbana-Champain), and is member of the Jury of the Géza Anda Concours Zurich 2012.
Logging in from WQXR studios in New York
Jeff Spurgeon has been the morning host of WQXR since 2006. He joined WQXR in 1997 and during his 30-year career in radio, Spurgeon has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer and producer. In addition to hosting Around Broadway each Wednesday with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, Spurgeon hosts remote broadcasts in New York City and internationally.
His New York radio career began when he joined Mix 105's Morning Team in 1989. Spurgeon also taught and developed a course in broadcast journalism at Townsend Harris High School at Queens College in Flushing. Outside the station he has been a member of an a cappella quartet with a wide-ranging repertoire, and he continues to sing and play the piano for his own pleasure, though seldom for anyone else. Originally from western Nebraska, Spurgeon now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Judy.