S19-206 Bible in Ancient and Modern Media

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: W180 - McCormick Place
Theme: Preservation to Performance: Discovery and Re-oralization in the Modern Age

Rose Ensemble 2011 outdooradjWhen a musicologist encounters a text without accompanying musical notation, how does he/she know it is in oral tradition? What consideration should be given to the transmission and re-oralization of text, with respect specifically to the nature of religious traditions? With myriad dynamics introduced by YouTube and other modern media, the potency of the master-apprentice relationship is greatly diluted. And as the intimate nature of learning becomes more diffuse, who is the actual authority? Does the internet rule? Do commercial recordings validate historical, linguistic and musical accuracy? What can scholars learn about religious practice and belief through the study of musical oral traditions? This is one of five presentations being made in connection with the artistic residency of The Rose Ensemble (www.roseensemble.org). This residency is being supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the NIDA Institute.

James Maxey, Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at the American Bible Society, Presiding
Jordan Sramek and members of The Rose Ensemble will be presenting
Richard Swanson, Augustana College (SD), Respondent
Ruth Stone, Indiana University (Bloomington), Respondent