Spring 2002

• From the President
• 2000 Seeger Prize
• 2001 AKMR Prize
• Publications
• Korean Language Program
• News from AKMR Members
• Conferences
      Association for Asian Studies
      Korean Musicological Society
      Kayagum Sanjo Festival
      World Congress of Korean Studies
      8th CHIME Conference

YouYoung Kang, NewsletterEditor
Music Department
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd.
St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 USA

From the President

It was a proud moment for AKMR when the Seeger Prize for the best student paper presented at the previous meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology was awarded to our own Joshua D. Pilzer at the 2001 meeting in Detroit. Josh’s paper “An Example of Music and Teleological Judgment on the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)” will be published in the journal Ethnomusicology after he has made some final revisions. Not surprisingly, it was also awarded the AKMR Prize for the best student paper on a Korean topic, bringing further publicity to our Association as this was the first time the AKMR Prize had been announced in the SEM business meeting. Our warm congratulations and best wishes go to Josh as he prepares to set off for another spell of research in Korea on a Fulbright grant. And let’s take the occasion to remind all our student members who are presenting papers at SEM in Colorado this year to submit their papers for both the AKMR Prize and the Seeger Prize.

      Another landmark for the international study of Korean music in the past half year was the publication of the East Asia volume of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music in December 2001. This project brought together leading scholars of Korean music from three continents over a period of several years to produce what is undoubtedly the most authoritative general study of the subject so far published in English. Some 20% of the volume (200 pages) was devoted to Korea, a much higher proportion than the peninsula would command in terms of land area or population alone, and this too is perhaps a sign of the growing international attention being drawn to Korean music as a tradition quite distinct from that of its neighbors.

      I look forward to seeing many of you at the YMCA of the Rockies for what promises to be a unique meeting for AKMR as well as SEM.


                  Andrew Killick



                        April, 2002

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2000 Seeger Prize awarded to Joshua Pilzer

The Society for Ethnomusicology’s Seeger Prize for the best student paper presented at the annual conference was awarded to 2000 AKMR Prize winner Joshua Pilzer for his 2000 paper “An Example of Music and Teleological Judgment on the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)” at the 2001 SEM annual meeting in Detroit, Michigan.

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2001 AKMR Prize awarded to Paul Yoon

After reviewing the papers at length, the selection commitee, consisting of Joshua Pilzer, Andrew Killick, and Chae Hyun Kyung, decided to award the 2001 AKMR Prize to Paul Yoon for his paper “Walking up the mountain to God’s place,” about the ritual and sound-ecological dimensions of t’ongsong kido.  It was a close competition, and the committee wishes to thank everyone for their submissions and encourages them to submit again.

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2002 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies was held during  April 4-7, 2002 in Washington, DC.  The meeting included several papers on Korean music:
Panel #25: Negotiating and Representing Koreanness in Twentieth-Century Korean Traditional Music

Nathan Hesselink, Chair
Hilary Vanessa Finchum-Sung (Indiana University), “The Sound of a Nation: Creating New Traditional Music in South Korea.”
Nathan Hesselink (Illinois State University), “Samul Nori and the Boundaries of Tradition in Late Twentieth-Century South Korea.”
Jin-Woo Kim (University of Michigan), “Wôn’gaksa and Chôngdong Theater:  The Re-incarnation of the Legacy.”
Heather Willoughby (Columbia University), “Ch’un Hyang:  The Ideal Korean Woman.”
[Abstracts are available on the AAS website:]
Sung-Hye Joo (Korean National University of Arts [ABD at University of Maryland]), “A Cultural Reaction by Korean Postmodernism?:  Revival Process of the Korean Music Drama, Yôsông kukkûk.” [Abstract:]
Chan E. Park-Miller (Ohio State University), “Contextualizing the Spiritual Folklore in Modernity.”  [Abstract:]


Annual Meeting of the Korean Musicological Society was held during May 3-4, 2002 in Namwon, Cholla Namdo. The first day was reserved for individual paper presentations and the second day for the assessment of prospects of the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts and its regional organizations in Namwon, Chindo and Pusan.  For more information contact: Kwon Oh-sung at:


The Second Kayagum Sanjo Festival and Conference will be held during July 4-5, 2002 in Yongam, Cholla Namdo, the birth place of Kim Ch’angjo. (See  The keynote speech, “The Meaning and Significance of the Yongam Kayagum Sanjo Festival” will be given by Byongwon Lee.


The First World Congress of Korean Studies will be held this summer during July 18-20 at the Academy of Korean Studies in Sôngnam-si, Korea.


8th International Conference of CHIME (European Foundation for Chinese Music Research) will be held during July 26-29, 2002 at the University of Sheffield, U.K.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Sex, Love and Romance: Reflections on the Passions in East Asian Music.”  The preliminary list of sessions and papers includes:
Theme 2: Instrumental Music

Tsai Tsanhuang, Chair (University of Oxford)
Jonathan Kramer (North Carolina State University), “The Aesthetics of Affect in Korean Sanjo.”
Theme 3: From P’ansori to Takarazuka: Crossing Borders

Nancy Guy, Chair (University of California, San Diego)
Chan E. Park (Ohio State University), “Unveiling Ch’unhyang in P’ansori.”
Yeonok Jang (London), “Romance, Love and Sexuality in P’ansori Songs.”
Andrew Killick (Florida State University), “Is ‘Women’s National Drama’ an Oxymoron?: Discourses of Nation and Gender in Korean Yôsông kukkûk.”
Eunkang Koh (University of Oxford), “Feminine Masculinity in Stage: Opera, Takarazuka and Kukkûk.”
Theme 9: (Collective Discussion): The Passions in East Asian Musics

Convenors: Antoinet Schimmelpenninck (CHIME Foundation) and Andrew Killick (Florida State University)

For booking forms, conference and accommodation rates, see the conference website:

Please send all enquiries to: Dr Jonathan Stock, Department of Music, University of Sheffield, 38 Taptonville Road, Sheffield S10 5BR ENGLAND UK;;  tel [44] 114-222-0483 ; fax [44] 114-266- 8053.

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Nathan Hesselink, ed. and intro., Contemporary Directions: Korean Folk Music Engaging the Twentieth Century and Beyond, Korea Research Monograph 27 (Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 2001).
Ch. 1  “The Historical Development of Korean Folk Music” (Song Bang-Song)

Ch. 2  “The Traditional Opera of the Future? Ch’anggûk’s First Century” (Andrew P. Killick)

Ch. 3  “On the Road with ‘Och’ae Chilgut’: Stages in the Development of Korean Percussion Band Music and Dance” (Nathan Hesselink)

Ch. 4  “Some Westernized Aspects in Korean Folk Songs” (Sheen Dae-Cheol)

Ch. 5  “The Development of the Construction and Performance Techniques of the Kayagûm” (Lee Chaesuk)

Ch. 6  “ ‘Recycling’ an Oral Tradition Transnationally” (Chan E. Park)

Ch. 7  “Korean Folk Songs for a Contemporary World” (Keith Howard)

Ch. 8  “The Script, Sound, and Sense of the Seoul Olympic Ceremonies” (Margaret Dilling)


YouYoung Kang, “United States of America, §II, 5  Asian American Music (c) Korean”, in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. (London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 2001).


Robert C. Provine, Yosihiko Tokumaru and Lawrence Witzleben, eds., Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, vol. 7, East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea (New York: Routledge, 2002).  “Part 5:  Korea”  (pp. 801-999) contains the following articles:
Andrew P. Killick, “Musical Profile of Korea,” 803-809.

Hwang Byung-ki, “Philosophy and Aesthetics in Korea,” 813-816.

Hae Kyung Um, “Korean Vocal Techniques,” 817-820.

Andrew P. Killick, “Musical Instruments of Korea,” 821-831.

Robert C. Provine, “Theory and Notation in Korea:  History,” 833-835.

Robert C. Provine, “Notation Systems in Korea,” 837-839.

Robert C. Provine, “Rhythmic Patterns and Form in Korea,” 841-845.

Hwang Junyon, “Melodic Patterns in Korea:  Modes and Scales,” 847-851.

Song Bang-song, “Historical Source Materials and Modern Scholarship in Korea,” 853-857.

Robert C. Provine, “Confucian Ritual Music in Korea:  Aak,” 861-863.

Robert C. Provine, “Court Music and Chôngak,” 865-870.

Lee Byong Won, “Korean Religious Music:  Buddhist,” 871-874.

Lee Bohyung, “Korean Religious Music:  Shamanic,” 875-878.

Robert C. Provine, “Folk Song in Korea,” 879-888.

Lee Bohyung, “Sinawi,” 889-981.

Andrew P. Killick, “Snapshot:  Yi Hwajungsôn,” 893-895.

Hae Kyung Um, “P’ansori and Kayagûm Pyôngch’ang,” 897-908.

Andrew P. Killick, “Snapshot:  Chang Wôljungsôn,” 909-911.

Hwang Byung-ki, “Sanjo,” 913-917.

Hae Kyung Um, “Kagok, Sijo, and Kasa,” 919-928.

Keith Howard, “Nongak (P’ungmul Nori),” 929-940.

Andrew P. Killick, “Music and Theater in Korea,” 941-947.

Keith Howard, “Contemporary Genres,” 951-974.

Andrew P. Killick, “Snapshot:  Hwang Byung-Ki,” 975-997.

Keith Howard, Social and Regional Contexts,” 981-999.


Robert C. Provine, with Okon Hwang (“Modern Developments:  Popular Music”) and Keith Howard (“Modern Developments:  North Korea”), “Korea,” plus 14 musical instruments and 5 biographies, in New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. (London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 2001).


Robert C. Provine, with Okon Hwang (on popular music) and Andy Kershaw (on

North Korea), “Korea: Our Life is Precisely a Song,” in World Music: The Rough Guide, 2 (London: Rough Guides Ltd, 2000), 160-69.


Judith Van Zile, Perspectives on Korean Dance (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2001). [357 pp., 48 illus., 43 color plates, $70 US cloth, $24.95 paper, contact Leslie Starr]

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Korean Language Program Announcement


The International Cultural Education Center at Sham Yook University and Sham Yook College announces a Korean Language Program in 2002.  Courses may be taken during the Spring and Falls semesters, or during the special program in the Summer.  For more information contact Mr. Song:; [82]-16-238-3004.

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News from AKMR Members

Byongwon Lee will present a keynote paper on the “Assessment and Prospects on the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts” at the Korean Musicological Society Annual Meeting to be held in Namwon, Cholla Namdo in May 3-5, 2002.  He will present a keynote speech on “The Meaning and Significance of the Yongam Kayagum Sanjo Festival” to be held in Yongam, Cholla Namdo in July 4-5, 2002.  As a part of the joint project between the University of Hawai’i Center for Korean Studies and the Andong University Center for Andong Cultural Research, Prof. Lee will, with Korean counterpart Prof. Kwon            Oh-sung, engage in a summer fieldwork on the formational process of the Hahoe Mask Dance accompaniment music.

YouYoung Kang has accepted a position in the music department of Scripps College in Claremont, California.  She will be moving from Maryland this summer and starting at Scripps in Fall 2002.

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AKMR Newsletter is moving!

Starting July 1, 2002, please send all announcements, news, and submissions  for the AKMR Newsletter to:

YouYoung Kang, Editor
AKMR Newsletter
Scripps College Music Department
1030 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711