Election Results

Congratulations to Ann Shaffer of University of Oregon who will become our Vice Chair/Chair-Elect!  Bill Blair will continue in his role as Secretary/Treasurer of PNWMLA.  Our 2014 meeting will take place in Vancouver, B.C.  Stay tuned for details!

Seattle Chapter Meeting Registration

Our upcoming chapter meeting in Seattle will take place on Friday and Saturday May 3 and 4 . The cost for the conference, in U.S funds,  is $20.00 for registration, $20.00 for the Friday night dinner and $10.00 for the annual chapter dues.

For more information on the program please go to http://pnwmlameeting.wordpress.com/.

The registration form is available on the website and you can bring this with you and pay at the conference. Please  RSVP to Secretary/Treasurer Bill Blair at blairw@uvic.ca and let him know if you will be attending the conference and / or the dinner.

Dinner will be hosted by Cate Gerhart. Details will be forthcoming.

Save the date for our annual meeting!

You are invited to our Annual Meeting, to be held at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts, May 3 and 4.

Registration details soon to appear on this site so stay tuned!

The program includes:

May 3-4, 2013

Friday location: University of Washington, Allen Library, Peterson Room 12:30-5:00

12:30 Convene/Social

1:00-2:30 Kevin Lynch

Mr. Lynch has built one of the largest collections of 19th century popular American sheet music west of the Mississippi. His particular interest is in the First Epoch of American music (1768-1887). He will also discuss his long term project: creating a definitive census of all of the principal music published in America during the First Epoch. This will require his visiting most of the primary music archives and major libraries in our country. He maintains a website on this period of American music at www.firstepoch.com.

2:30 Break

2:45 Becky O’Donoghue

Ms O’Donoghue is a music score cataloger at UW, and recently finished a MA in music theory. The paper focuses on music plagiarism: “I look at a recent court case in which Coldplay was sued for allegedly plagiarizing part of the harmony and melody of an earlier song. Using that case, the paper examines what music plagiarism is (as distinct from copyright infringement in general) and how courts determine whether a song has been plagiarized. I discuss the pros and cons of the courts’ approach (which does not tend to rely heavily on musical experts), and present an alternate method for detecting music plagiarism, grounded in the modern practice of music theory.”

4:00 PNW-MLA members: Current topics

Dinner at Gerhart home

Saturday location: Cornish College of the Arts, Library, 1000 Lenora St 9:00-1:00

9:00 Convene/Social

9:30 Kent Devereaux

Chair of the Music Dept at Cornish College of the Arts. Mr. Devereaux will talk about the evolution of the Cornish music department and issues related to technology and its impact on music education.

10:15 Break

10:30 Janice Giteck

Professor of Composition at Cornish College of the Arts. Professor Giteck was recently hired as Composer in Residence by Seattle Symphony for a collaboration process with symphony members and members of local tribes. She will be talking about the project.

11:15 Break

11:30 Business Meeting

Read Our 2012 Newsletter

The 2012 Pacific Northwest Chapter Newsletter is ready! Read all about the latest news from the chapter and the chapter membership. Special thanks to Terry Horner for putting together another fantastic news letter for us.

ARSC Conference Travel Grants 2013 — Call for Applications

Application Deadline: December 7, 2012

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is now accepting applications
for ARSC Conference Travel Grants to be awarded in 2013.

The grants are designed to:

  • encourage ARSC members to attend their first ARSC conference
  • reach out to college students and professionals in the early stages of their careers
  • promote mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • advance scholarly research and publication, and
  • support ARSC members who desire to participate more actively in the association.

Grant recipients are awarded:

  • complimentary registration for the entire ARSC Annual Conference
  • gratis registration for the Pre-Conference Workshop, and
  • reimbursement up to US$750 to defray the expenses of transportation and lodging (upon approval of valid receipts, to be submitted after the conference). Rental car costs for transportation within the conference city are not reimbursable.

At the time of application, the applicant must be a member of ARSC in good
standing, planning to attend his or her first ARSC conference. The applicant
must also be one of the following:

  • a college or university student aspiring to work with sound recordings
  • a recent graduate seeking a professional position involving sound recordings
  • a professional within the first five years of his or her career, who has demonstrated a dedication to sound recordings
  • a researcher or discographer showing compelling prospects for the publication or dissemination of his or her scholarly work.

Applicants who demonstrate an interest in serving on an ARSC committee,
publishing their work in the ARSC Journal, or presenting at an ARSC
conference will be given particular consideration. Preference will be given
to applicants who plan to attend the entire conference, beginning with the
pre-conference workshop.

Each applicant must submit:

  • a letter of application describing the applicant’s background and current activities, clearly indicating why the applicant merits consideration for an ARSC Conference Travel Grant
  • a proposed budget for travel costs
  • itemization of any non-ARSC funds that the applicant may receive toward ARSC conference attendance, such as institutional support, etc.
  • a brief resume or curriculum vitae, and
  •  two letters of support, each submitted directly by the writer.

Applications lacking any of the above items will be deemed incomplete, and
may not be viewed favorably by the Travel Grants Committee.

All applications and supporting materials must be received by December 7,
2012. Send them by e-mail or postal mail to:

Louise Spear, ARSC Conference Travel Grants Committee
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
6305 Yucca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

For more information, visit:
or e-mail:

Applicants will be notified about the award decisions by January 21, 2013.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings — in all genres
of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in
bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals —
everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.

Vote on Revisions to the Pacific Northwest Chapter Constitution

This is your notification that it is time to vote on the revisions to our Chapter Constitution that were presented at the Chapter Business Meeting held at Reed College on Saturday, May 5, 2012, and subsequently posted on the Chapter Website. As the revisions are mostly “housekeeping” in nature and scattered throughout, we will be voting on the package as a whole rather than on individual changes. You may view the revisions again on the Chapter Website.

At the Business Meeting we agreed that members would be notified when the ballot has been posted on the website and that the method of voting would be for each member to print his or her own ballot and mail it to the Secretary-Treasurer. Only members whose Chapter dues are current are eligible to vote (fill out our membership form to renew your membership).
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

PNW-MLA Constitution ballot

Bill Blair
Pacific Northwest Chapter, Music Library Association
McPherson Library
PO Box 1800 STN CSC
Victoria, British Columbia
Canada V8W 3H5

Are you an aspiring music librarian? Apply for a travel grant to the next MLA conference!

The Music Library Asso­ci­a­tion annual meet­ing will be held in San Jose, CA this year.  Learn more about MLA’s travel grant below.


Appli­ca­tions are now being accepted for the Kevin Free­man Travel Grant.

The grant, estab­lished in 1994 to honor the mem­ory of Kevin Free­man and awarded for the first time in 1997, sup­ports atten­dance of music librar­i­ans new to the field to the Music Library Association’s annual meet­ing. Recip­i­ents
receive gratis con­fer­ence reg­is­tra­tion and a cash award of up to $750 for travel costs (trans­porta­tion and accom­mo­da­tions at the con­ven­tion hotel at half of the dou­ble occu­pancy rate*). At least one grant will be awarded to a
first-time attendee, if applicable.

Appli­cants must be mem­bers of the Music Library Asso­ci­a­tion and in one of the fol­low­ing groups:

● in the first three years of their pro­fes­sional career,

● a grad­u­ate stu­dent in library school (by the time of the con­fer­ence, 27 Feb­ru­ary — 3 March 2013) aspir­ing to become a music librar­ian, OR

● a recent grad­u­ate (within one year of degree) of a grad­u­ate pro­gram in librar­i­an­ship seek­ing a pro­fes­sional posi­tion as a music librarian

Pre­vi­ous appli­cants who still qual­ify are wel­come to reapply.

Appli­cants must sub­mit the fol­low­ing in .pdf by Octo­ber 1, 2012:

● A let­ter of appli­ca­tion which includes:

● The rea­sons for attend­ing the MLA Annual Con­fer­ence and why you are a good
can­di­date for this grant

● A jus­ti­fi­ca­tion of finan­cial need

● A bud­get for travel costs to attend the MLA Annual Conference

● Infor­ma­tion about any other grants, match­ing funds, insti­tu­tional sup­port you may also receive to cover costs to attend the MLA Annual Conference

● The num­ber of times you have attended the national MLA meeting

● A cur­rent vita

● Two let­ters of sup­port directly mailed by rec­om­menders (.pdf or email)

Please email appli­ca­tion and sup­port­ing mate­ri­als (.pdf) to the Chair of the Free­man Travel Grant Committee:

Sarah Adams <sjadams@fas.harvard.edu<

Please mark the sub­ject line: Free­man Travel Grant Application.

Grant recip­i­ents will be noti­fied by Novem­ber 5, 2012 and announced at the MLA 2013 Annual Meet­ing in San Jose, California.

For ques­tions about the award, please con­tact the Chair of the Free­man Travel Grant Com­mit­tee at the above email address.

*Room rates are esti­mated to be $159 for dou­ble occu­pancy, plus taxes (10% city; 4% con­ven­tion dis­trict; $3/night busi­ness dis­trict assessment)