Fall 2004

• From the President
• Society for Ethnomusicology 2004
• AKMR Announcements & Information
• Publications from AKMR Members Call for Papers – Pansori Yon’gu
• Hawaii Arts and Humanities Conference
• SIMS 2004 Conference in Melbourne
• SEM 2004 Paper Abstracts
• AKMR Information

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

From the President 

I have little new to report in this last letter as your President. The Association for Korean Music Research continues to grow in membership, contribute to the leading journals in our field, and significantly participate in the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Interest in Korean music studies is on the rise, and I have had the pleasure of meeting or corresponding with many new graduate students in our field in the United States and Europe over the past two years. We have also as a group maintained strong ties with faculty and institutions in Korea, keeping us rooted in the primary sources of our research endeavors. As new members and officers convene in Tucson in just a few weeks, it is my sincere hope that our Association maintain its role as a warm and encouraging forum for the study and dissemination of all Korean music from all theoretical perspectives. I would also like to see our membership contribute in any way they can to our new website, a project of perhaps greatest importance to our survival and pertinence to the larger musicological community and the general public.
I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who helped me during my term as President. It goes without saying that I/we could not have done it without the tireless and gracious efforts of Okon Hwang and YouYoung Kang, who remain patron saints of AKMR. It has truly been an honor and pleasure to serve you all, and I look forward to helping the new President and our Association as a regular member once again.
                                                                Best wishes,
                                                                Nathan Hesselink

                                                                Normal, Illinois

                                                                October 2004

Society for Ethnomusicology
November 4-7, 2004
Tucson, Arizona

Association for Korean Music Research Meeting

Saturday, November 6, 12:30-1:30 pm

Papers on Korean and Korean-American Music  

Abstracts available here.

“Praying Identities: Second-Generation Korean-American Christians and T’ongsongkido”
Paul J. Yoon (Columbia University)
Christian Music and Local Identities
Thursday, November 4, 10:45am-12:15pm

"Ch’angguk Opera as a Showcase for Korean Traditional Music”
Andrew Killick (University of Sheffield)

“‘Third Generation Composers’ and Nationalism in Contemporary Korea”
Jinmi Huh Davidson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Musical Constructions and Deconstructions of Nationhood, Thursday, 1:45-3:45 pm

“Gender for Sale: The Marketing of Gender Ideals in South Korean Music Videos”
Heather A. Willoughby (Wittenberg University)
Identity and Narrative in Visual Media, Friday, November 5, 4:30-6 pm

Korean Music on the Margins
Okon Hwang (Eastern Connecticut State University)
Saturday, November 6, 10:45-12:15 pm

“Finding a Niche for the Avant-Garde outside the Academy: The Experimental Dimension of Korea’s Fusion Music”
R. Anderson Sutton (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

“Piano Pieces by South Korean Composers”
Okon Hwang (Eastern Connecticut State University)

“Interpreting Musical Traffic: Influences of Japanese Popular Music on Korean Popular Music since the mid-1990s”
Eun-Young Jung (University of Pittsburgh)


AKMR Announcements

2004 Election Results
President: Keith Howard

Newsletter Editor: Heather Willoughby

Member-at-Large: R. Anderson Sutton
The Website manager and Student Member-at-Large will be elected at the 2004 Business Meeting.

Editor of the Newsletter is Changing!
As of 2005, Heather Willoughby will be the new editor of the AKMR Newsletter.  Please send news and announcements of events, publications, concerts, and conferences to her at:

AKMR Website
As announced at the AKMR meeting in 2003, the Association for Korean Music Research now owns the internet domain:, thanks to the generosity of Robert Provine.  This site is currently under construction.  In the meantime, please refer to the current website:

Publication News from AKMR Members

  Judy Van Zile’s book, Perspectives on Korean Dance, received a 2003 Outstanding Publication Award from the Congress on Research in Dance.  Due to a conference postponement because of SARS, the award was officially presented in August 2004 at the Taipei joint conference of the Congress on Research in Dance, World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Chapter, and International Council for Kinetography Laban.  The conference was held at Taipei National University of the Arts.

Andrew Killick’s forthcoming book on ch’angguk opera is now under contract with the International Center for Korean Studies (ICKS) at Korea University for publication in its Korean Studies Series. Books in this series are placed by ICKS with reputable British and American university presses. He will be working on the monograph during his study leave in spring 2005.

Call for Papers for Pansori Yon’gu

Pansori Yon’gu is the semi-annual journal published by Pansori Hakhoe, the largest academic association for Pansori research, which has consisted of musicologists, musicians, and scholars in Korean Literature since 1985.

Pansori Hakhoe’s president, Professor Seo Jong-mun of Kyungbuk University and the board strongly hope to share their research and interests with scholars in other countries. Writing in English will be accepted, and research articles on Pansori and on other relevant topics to Pansori study will be welcomed.  

Those with an interest in this journal should contact Professor Sunghye Joo (email: for a copy of the latest volume. 

3rd Annual Hawaii International
Conference on Arts and Humanities

January 13 - 16, 2005

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Sponsored by:

East West Council for Education

Center of Asian Pacific Studies of Peking University

The 3rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities will be held January 13–16, 2005 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from the arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.  For more information, see the website:     

Report from SIMS 2004

July 11-16, 2004

Melbourne, Australia

Submitted by Jinmi Davidson

Paper Presentations on Korean Music

“Asian-Australian Resonances:  Similarities and Differences in Perspective Between Two Pacific Composers”
Ji-Yun Lee & Bruce Crossman (University of Western Sydney)

“Contemporizing Korean Arts and Religion:  Hi Kyung Kim’s Rituels”
Jinmi Huh Davidson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 

“The Minsok-Eumak and the Folk Song of North Korea:  Contemporary Developments in Traditional, Urban, and
Concert-Hall Music in Korea”
Sheen Dae-Chol (Kangnung National University)

“Kim Eun-Hye and the Second Generation of Women Composers in Korea”
John Robison (University of South Florida)

“The Evolution of a Composer:  Chan-Hae Lee of South Korea”
Annette Bowie (Monash University, Australia)

“The Traditional Korean Vocal Form Gagok and the Need for a New Notation System”
Insuk Lee (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

Concert: Korean Music Today  

Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 7:30 pm
Federation Hall, Victorian College of the Arts
Sorickil (2000) by Chan Hae Lee
Duet for Friends (2002) by Andrew Imbrie
Gayageum Sanjo, Jung Nam Hi – Hwang Byung Ki School
Rituel III: Transfiguration (2004-world premiere)
        by Hi Kyung Kim
Performances by:
        Jeong Seung Kim, daegeum
        Aeri Ji, gayageum
        Jeong Seung Kim, jango
        Chan Hae Lee, jing
        Aeju Lee, dance
        Ensemble Parallèle

AKMR Information
The Association for Korean Music Research (AKMR), founded in 1995, is an international community of scholars and performers devoted to  promoting, exchanging, and advancing in-depth study of Korean music as a distinctive cluster of traditions.
For membership information, contact:

            Dr. Okon Hwang
Fine Arts Department, Shafer Hall 4
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, CT 06226, U. S. A.
Telephone:+1 (860) 465-5109

AKMR Website:

AKMR Officers
President: Nathan Hesselink (
Secretary/Treasurer: Okon Hwang (
Newsletter Editor: YouYoung Kang (
Website Manager: Robert Provine (
        Hilary Finchum-Sung (
        Heather Willoughby (
Paul Yoon (