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UMFK professors present at Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society Conference in Brunswick

March 14, 2003


Mariella Squire, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, was the keynote speaker at the 2003 Annual Conference of the Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society (CMSNE) held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

The board of CMSNE had decided at their last meeting to highlight the unique indigenous music of the states of the Northeast.

Squire's address entitled 'Wabanaki Drum Song: Tradition in an era of Change' covered some dimensions of the oral musical tradition of the Algonquian Wabanaki culture group. The Wabanaki are the indigenous people of northern New England and the Maritimes.

According to Squire, despite five hundred years of cultural accommodation to the presence of European descended neighbors, and the more recent influence of the pan-Indian powwow musical styles, the Wabanaki have maintained a strong and distinctive oral music tradition.

Squire has been an assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at UMFK since 1998 receiving degrees from the University of Vermont, University of Buffalo, and St. Michael's College. She received her PhD in 1996 from the University of Albany in New York.

Scott Brickman, associate professor of music at UMFK, also attended the conference and served as chair for a panel session 'Teaching Outside of Your Specialty: World Music for the Unworldly.'

'I was pleased that the board accepted my idea to invite Professor Squire to be our keynote speaker,' said Brickman, who serves as treasurer on the executive board of CMSNE. 'Not only are the College Music Society people enthusiastic about her presentation, but I am especially proud of how this will reflect on UMFK's presence statewide.'

'Professor Squire is a member of the natural and behavioral sciences division, and has consistently been an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and humanities,' added Brickman. 'It is wonderful to have faculty members who embody the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts Education that UMFK fosters.'

Brickman, who was born in Oak Park, Illinois, holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Brandeis University. His music has been performed in major cities throughout the United States as well as in Brazil, Canada, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.

Brickman teaches music theory and history at UMFK and was approved for promotion to associate professor with tenure, effective in September of this year.

Since 1998, Brickman has been the co-chair of the New England Region of the Society of Composers, Inc. and was recently elected treasurer of the Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society.

He has taught at the Chautauqua Institution, as well as having served as a reader for the High School Advanced Placement Music Exam.