Lawrence is thrilled to host the national conference of SEAMUS, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.  Over the next three days our conservatory will host thirteen recitals, multiple paper sessions, and numerous sound installations. With over 200 hundred passionate musicians participating in this musical celebration, I am eagerly looking forward to hearing and seeing works that will challenge the mind, inspire the soul, and explore musical soundscapes in innovative new ways.

Events like SEAMUS are important in the life of this 140 year old conservatory.  With so much of our time and energy spent celebrating our rich musical heritage and honing our classical technique, we need also need to submerge ourselves in our living music culture.  It is always good to remember that ALL music was once new music. I have a hunch that Mozart was too busy worrying about a successful first performance of a new work to ponder what folks 200 years down the road would be thinking about it.  What will we hear at SEAMUS that might stand the test of time and join the canon of our musical heritage? I am excited to dive in and find out.

Gamelan and computer driven sound modulations? Wind ensemble with electronic sounds? An innovation facial recognition software called AUMI that lets severely disabled children make music though facial movement?  Yes, these are all at SEAMUS plus over 110 other exciting performances and presentations. If you are anywhere near Appleton from February 9th-11th 2012, you really must check out this amazing event.  We look forward to seeing you at SEAMUS!

I would like to extend a special thanks to Asha Srinivasan, Assistant Professor of Composition at Lawrence University, and Ed Martin, Assistant Professor of Composition at UW Oshkosh, who co-chaired this year’s event.  Their dedicated vision, thoughtful planning, and countless hours of hard work are what brought SEAMUS 2012 to fruition.  They deserve a standing ovation and a well-deserved “Bravo” for their efforts.  Your tireless efforts made all of this possible—the vibrant music, artistic collaborations, and stimulating new idea.



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Brian Pertl

Brian Pertl, Dean of the Coservatory of Music at Lawrence University, has degrees from Lawrence University in Trombone Performance and English, as well as a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology. He is a passionate advocate of music and music education. He is thrilled to be back at Lawrence working with an exceptional faculty, and an exceptional student body.