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John M. Schechter taught choral conducting in the Peace Corps (Colombia, 1968-1969)
John M. Schechter taught choral conducting in the Peace Corps (Colombia, 1968-1969)
John M. Schechter
Professor, Department of Music
Provost of Merrill College
University of California, Santa Cruz,
Santa Cruz, California, USA
John Schechter was born in Rockville Centre, New York, on April 29, 1946. His early training was in voice and clarinet. After receiving the A.B. in Music (1967, Hamilton College), he pursued choral conducting at the Indiana University School of Music (M.Mus., 1970), where he studied with Don Moses and Julius Herford. He subsequently taught choral conducting in the Peace Corps (Colombia, 1968-1969) and at the New England Conservatory of Music (1973-1975), as assistant to Lorna Cooke de Varon. He received the Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from The University of Texas at Austin (1982), where he studied Latin American musics with Gérard Béhague, Andean anthropology with Richard Schaedel, folklore with Américo Paredes and Richard Bauman, and Quechua with Louisa Stark and Guillermo Delgado. He pursued ethnomusicological fieldwork in the Andes of Ecuador (l979-l980; l990), focusing on Quechua harp, vocal, and ritual traditions.
Since l985 John Schechter has taught ethnomusicology and music theory, and has directed the TAKI ÑAN and VOCES Latin American Ensembles, at The University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is now Professor of Music and Provost of Merrill College. He is the editor of, and a contributing author to, Music in Latin American Culture: Regional Traditions (Schirmer Books, 1999), an examination of selected music cultures of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and the Southern Cone, with regional chapters composed by ethnomusicologist-specialists in those regions. He is the author of The Indispensable Harp: Historical Development, Modern Roles, Configurations, and Performance Practices in Ecuador and Latin America (Kent State U. Press, 1992), of the "Latin America / Ecuador" chapter in Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples, 4th ed. (Schirmer Books, 2001), and of the "Ecuador" article in The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Volume 2: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (Garland, 1998). His other publications have explored formulaic expression, improvisation, and metaphor in Ecuadorian Quechua sanjuán; conceptual issues behind the Andean Corpus Christi celebration; the issues of ensemble self-image and construction of symbolic value with respect to the bomba, a focal African-Ecuadorian musical genre of the Chota Valley; the ethnography, visual semiotics, culture history, and religious philosophy of the Latin American/Iberian child's wake; Incaic music-culture; and, Latin American musical instruments. As Provost of Merrill College, John Schechter bears the responsibility of academic leadership for this college, one of eight on the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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List of Publications
Music in Latin American Culture: Regional Traditions
General Editor, and Contributing Author. New York: Schirmer Books, 1999.
Chapters by eight authors, on selected music cultures of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Andean Colombia, Andean Peru, Brazil, and the Southern Cone (Chile-Argentina-Uruguay). I wrote the first and final chapters, on "Themes in Latin American Music-Culture," and "Beyond Region: Transnational and Transcultural Traditions," respectively.
The Indispensable Harp: Historical Development, Modern Roles, Configurations, and Performance Practices in Ecuador and Latin America
Kent, Ohio, and London, England: The Kent State University Press, 1992. 296 pp. ISBN #0-87338-439-3
MLA NOTES, 50:1, September 1993, pp.181-182
LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC REVIEW, 15:1, Spring/Summer 1994, pp.110-119
ETHNOMUSICOLOGY, 38:3, Fall 1994, pp.530-532
REVISTA MUSICAL CHILENA, Año XLVIII, no.181, Enero-Junio 1994, pp.142-143
THE WORLD OF MUSIC, 36:3, 1994, pp.100-103
GALPIN SOCIETY JOURNAL, XLVII, 1994, pp.191-194
Inscribing Andean Voices: Quechua Verbal Artistry
Co-edited with Guillermo Delgado-P.
Twenty revised papers presented at the September 4-6, 1997, international symposium,"The Quechua Expressive Art: Creativity, Analysis, and Performance," held at the University of California, Santa Cruz, J.Schechter and G.Delgado-P., co-organizers. Manuscript under review.
Quichua Sanjuanes of Cotacachi: Pattern, Meaning, and Cultural Critique in Ecuadorian Highland Song.
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Articles and Chapters:
* "Latin America/Ecuador." Revised, updated Chapter Nine, in Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples, 4th ed. Jeff Todd Titon, general editor. New York, Schirmer Books/Wadsworth Publishing. In press. Publication date: Fall 2001.
* "Taki Ñan: South American Affinity Interculture in Santa Cruz, California." In Steven Loza, ed., Musical Cultures of Latin America: Global Effects, Past and Present.. Proceedings of this international symposium, held at UCLA, May 28-30, 1999; this paper, revised June 18, was originally presented May 30, 1999. Volume is in press.
* "Themes in Latin American Music Culture." In John M. Schechter, gen. ed., Music in Latin American Culture: Regional Traditions [Chapter One]. New York: Schirmer Books/Macmillan, 1999, pp.1-33.
* "Beyond Region: Transnational and Transcultural Traditions." In John M. Schechter, gen. ed., Music in Latin American Culture: Regional Traditions [Chapter Nine]. New York: Schirmer Books/Macmillan, 1999, pp.424-457.
* "Kunan punlla rimagrinchi...": Wit and Didactics in the Quichua Rhetorical Style of Señor Enrique Andrade Albuja, Husbandman-Ethnographer of Cotacachi, Imbabura [Ecuador]." With Enrique Andrade Albuja. In Inscribing Andean Voices: Quechua Verbal Artistry. Co-editing with Guillermo Delgado-P. See above.
* "The Latin American Diatonic Harp." 2,500-word article for the Revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Submitted February 1999. In press.
* "The Music of Ecuador." 7,000-word article for the South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean volume, of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Garland, October 1998, pp.413-433.
* "ECUADOR. Traditional Music." 5,000-word article for the Revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Completed and Submitted, August, 1996. In press.
* "LATIN AMERICA/ECUADOR." Revised, Expanded, and Updated Chapter Nine, in Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples, 3rd ed., pp.428-494. Jeff Todd Titon, general editor. New York, Schirmer Books, 1996.
* "Tradition and Dynamism in Ecuadorian Andean Quichua Sanjuán: Macrocosm in Formulaic Expression, Microcosm in Ritual Absorption." In Max Peter Baumann, ed., Cosmología y Música en los Andes, pp.247-267. Frankfurt am Main: Vervuert Verlag; Madrid: Iberoamericana. Part of series: Bibliotheca Ibero-Americana, published by the Ibero-American Institute, Prussian Culture Foundation, series edited by Dietrich Briesemaster, 1996.
* "Divergent Perspectives on the velorio del angelito: Ritual Imagery, Artistic Condemnation, and Ethnographic Value." Journal of Ritual Studies VIII/2, summer 1994, pp.43-84.
* "Corpus Christi and its Octave in Andean Ecuador: Procession and Music, 'Castles' and 'Bulls'." In Margaret J. Kartomi and Stephen Blum, eds., Music-Cultures in Contact: Convergences and Collisions, pp.59-72. Australian Studies in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Music, Vol.2. Sydney, Australia: Currency Press, 1994.
* "Los Hermanos Congo y Milton Tadeo Ten Years Later: Evolution of an African-Ecuadorian Tradition of the Valle del Chota, Highland Ecuador." In Gerard H. Béhague, ed., Music and Black Ethnicity: The Caribbean and South America, pp.285-305. Coral Gables: University of Miami North-South Center; distrib. by Transaction Publishers, 1994.
* "The Appearance of European Harps in Ecuador and Latin America." In Martin van Schaik, ed., Aspects of the Historical Harp: Proceedings of the IINTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL HARP SYMPOSIUM:UTRECHT 1992, pp.43-49. Utrecht, The Netherlands: STIMU (Foundation for Historical Performance Practice), 1994.
* "LATIN AMERICA/ECUADOR." Chapter Nine, in Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's Peoples, 2nd ed., pp.376-428. Jeff Todd Titon, general editor. New York, Schirmer Books, 1992.
* "Velorio de Angelito/Baquiné/Wawa Velorio: The Emblematic Nature of the Transcultural, Yet Local, Latin American Child's Wake." Latin American Studies Working Paper No.3, University of California, Santa Cruz, September, l988.
* "Quechua Sanjuán in Northern Highland Ecuador: Harp Music as Structural Metaphor on Purina." Journal of Latin American Lore XIII/l, summer l987, pp.27-46.
* "The Current State of Bibliographic Research in Latin American Ethnomusicology." In D. Hazen, ed., Latin American Masses and Minorities: Their Images and Realities: Papers of the Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), held at Princeton University, June l9-23, l985, Madison: SALALM Secretariat, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin, l987; Vol.I:334-345; Vol.II:664-682.
* "The Diatonic Harp in Ecuador: Historical Background and Modern Traditions." Parts l and 2.Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society X, l984, pp.97-ll8; XI, l985, pp.l23-l73.
* "LATIN AMERICA": Review Essay. Ethnomusicology XXIX/2, spring/summer l985, pp.3l7-330; on the treatment of Latin American Ethnomusicology in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (l980); jointly with two other ethnomusicologists, Daniel Sheehy and Ronald Smith.
* Latin American/Iberian Area Editor and Principal Contributor, The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (l984):
o l45 Signed Articles on Latin American and Iberian musical instruments (see Volume 3, List of Contributors, p.920, for a complete listing of these instruments)
o 565 Unsigned Articles on Latin American and Iberian musical instruments
* "Corona y baile: Music in the Child's Wake of Ecuador and Hispanic South America, Past and Present." Latin American Music Review IV/l, spring/summer l983, pp.l-80.
* Contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (l980):
o 22 articles on Latin American composers
o l5 articles on Latin American musical instruments
o l article on a Latin American folksong-type
* "El cantar histórico incaico." Revista Musical Chilena XXXIV/l5l, julio-septiembre l980, pp.38-60.
* The Inca cantar histórico: A Lexico-Historical Elaboration on Two Cultural Themes." Ethnomusicology XXIII/2, May l979, pp.l9l-204.
* "Non-Hispanic Instruments in Mexico and Central America: An Annotated Bibliography." Current Musicology XXIV/l977, pp.80-l04.
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Book Reviews and Review Essays:
* Mendoza, Zoila S. Shaping Society through Dance: Mestizo Ritual Performance in the Peruvian Andes. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2000. Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, June 2001, pp. 923-925.
* Review Essay. Romero, Raúl, ed. Música, danzas y máscaras en los Andes. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: Instituto Riva-Agüero, 1993. Yearbook for Traditional Music 27 (1995), pp.151-159.
* Turino, Thomas. Moving Away from Silence: Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 1993. Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, 51:4, June 1995, pp.1299-1303.
* Cárdenas Montes, María. Arpa: Ave Fénix de la Música (Historia del arpa). Imprenta Venecia, México, D.F., l978. Latin American Music Review III/2, fall/winter l982, pp.23l-237.
* Rephann, Richard. A Catalogue of the Pedro Traversari Collection of Musical Instruments, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, Quito, l978. Latin American Music Review I/2, fall/winter l980, pp.265-273.
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* Música Etnográfica y Folklórica del Ecuador. 2 LP discs. Coordinación General: Carlos Alberto Coba Andrade; Grabaciones por José Peñín, Ronny Velásquez, y Carlos Alberto Coba Andrade; Cuadernillo [8 pp. Notes] por Carlos Alberto Coba Andrade, con "Presentación" escrito por Marcelo Valdospinos Rubio, Presidente del Instituto Otavaleño de Antropología. Otavalo, Ecuador: Instituto Otavaleño de Antropología, 1990. LP 5748A, B; 5750A, B. Latin American Music Review XII/2, fall/winter 1991, pp.204-216.
* Soul Vine Shaman (Ecuadorian Lowland Quechua Shamanic Music), Recorded, produced, and distributed by Neelon Crawford, l979. Notes by Norman E. Whitten, Jr., et al. Latin American Music Review II/2, fall/winter l98l, pp.309-3l6.
* American Anthropologist LXXXIX/2, June l987, 9-film review, pp.525-532:
"Juan Félix Sánchez" - Venezuelan folk sculptor-architect-weaver;
"Pedro Linares" - Mexican folk artist in papier-mâché;
"Sabina Sánchez" - Mexican folk artist in embroidery;
"Manuel Jiménez" - Mexican folk artist in woodcarving;
"Marcelo Ramos" - Mexican folk artist in fireworks;
"El Rey del Bandolín" - Venezuelan instrument-maker and folk musician;
"El Diablo de Cumaná" - Venezuelan folk actor;
"Cleto Rojas" - Venezuelan rural painter;
"Ñandutí: A Paraguayan Lace" - the art of Paraguayan lace-embroidery