Lamkin takes reins of
Music Society
Posted March 23, 2007
Seanette Garcia
Kathy Lamkin is currently planning another trip to the Hayden Classical Music Festival in Austria. As a family tradition Lamkin, along with husband, Michael and their three daughters, has traveled to Austria every summer since 1983. Lamkin participates in concerts as a violinist; her husband is a conductor.

There is no doubt that we have extraordinary faculty members on campus. Kathleen Lamkin, professor of music history, is most definitely one of them.

Lamkin was recently elected to serve as president of the College Music Society, a consortium that explores all disciplines of music and consists of musicians and scholars from university, conservatory, college and independent venues.

Lamkin has been a member of the society since the mid-1980’s and has held several positions within the organization including president of the regional chapter, national vice-president of the Society, president-elect and her current position as president.

“One of the reasons I got involved (with the society) is because they explore all music disciplines such as musicology, scholarship, theory, ethnomusicology, composition and performance,” Lamkin said.

Indeed, the society features the crème de la crème of the music community and consists of about 9,500 members across the United States and Canada. Its mission is to teach the intricacies of music and all its components in order for musicians to create, express and research their discipline.

The society also puts out several scholarly journals every year including the College Music Symposium a newsletter published five times a year.

“What is so special to me about being president at this time is that the society is celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2007-08,” Lamkin said.

Due to the celebration the society will present special exhibits of its history as well as music in general. Lamkin said the society will continue to plan for the future to see what direction it wants to move in, and will also host banquets and other presentations celebrating past accomplishments.

On top of her extremely busy schedule with the society, Lamkin has been occupied with her recently published book, “Esterhazy Musicians, 1790-1809, Considered from New Sources in the Castle Forchtenstein Archives.”

The book was researched during a sabbatical in the winter and spring of 2005, and concentrates on musicians employed in the castle during the last 19 years of composer Joseph Haydn Franz’ life. Collaborating with Lamkin on this book were Austrian scholars Josef Pratl and Heribert Scheck.

None would argue that Lamkin is a great asset to the world of music but she is also very much admired by her peers here on campus.

“Kathy is a wonderful colleague, an inspiring teacher and a hard-working advocate for the humanities of the University of La Verne,” said Al Clark, associate vice president of academic affairs.

Although Lamkin has a long list of accomplishments at ULV, focus goes back to the kind of recognition she has helped acquire for the university nationwide.

“It is an honor for her and the University to obtain this title, and proves the quality of faculty that we have here at the University of La Verne,” Fred Yaffe, dean of arts and sciences, said.

Despite all her accolades, Lamkin remains modest.

“The advantage to belonging to the society is that you get to work with individuals outside your discipline,” Lamkin said. “We learn from each other; it is a wonderful collaboration.”

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