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UGA to host colloquium on fashion in country music

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music Musicology/Ethnomusicology Student Association will present its spring colloquium on Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in Edge Recital Hall in the school of music.

The colloquium features a lecture by Jocelyn Neal, associate professor of American studies in the department of music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Neal’s lecture, Songwriting in Fashion: The Evolution of Musical Form and its Cultural Implications over Sixty years in Country Music, is free and the public is invited to attend.

Neal received her Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music in 2002. Her primary areas of research are commercial country music and American popular music, following on her dissertation titled “Song Structure Determinants: Poetic Narrative, Phrase Structure, and Hypermeter in the Music of Jimmie Rodgers”.

“We have several musicology students whose research emphasis is American music, a field in which Dr. Neal is one of the up-and-coming scholars,” said Nancy Riley, a doctoral student in the Hodgson School of Music and president of the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Student Association. “History and cultural studies are a major focus of musicology today, and we hope that students from those and other areas around campus will be interested in this lecture as well.”

The colloquium is supported by a department-invited lecturer grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Edge Recital Hall is on the third floor of the school of music, which is located at 250 River Road. For more information, see