Dear SASRIM members,
2017 is well under way, and I am happy to share some exciting bits of news with you.
Planning for the 2017 Annual Congress (Northwest University, 31 August to 2 September) is continuing apace, and I am happy to confirm our keynote speaker for 2017, Professor Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza. The Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman will be joining the conference as a special invited speaker. Please note that the closing date for abstract submissions is 3 March; abstracts may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
A Call for Scores was recently distributed for the 2017 SASRIM New Music Meeting, presented in collaboration with Northwest University. The South African faculty for this event includes Clare Loveday, Andile Khumalo and Hannes Taljaard; accepted works will be performed by an ensemble in residence during the conference. Please check our website for more details (www.sasrim.ac.za).
In addition to the New Music Meeting, SASRIM will also this year present an African Music Meeting, where performers, educators and scholars working in various spheres of African music will come together for three days of workshops, lectures, discussions and improvisation sessions. More details will soon follow – please check our website for further updates!
SAMUS 34/35 has recently been printed, and hard copies are currently being distributed. The electronic version of the journal is available via Sabinet. SAMUS 36, although slightly delayed, is also well underway, and should be completed by the end of April 2017.
We are in the process of adding an electronic payment option to the website, and this option should be available soon. This is then also perhaps an opportune moment to remind all members to please check whether their 2016 membership fees are updated, and to renew their memberships for 2017.
We are looking forward to an exciting and full year, and to welcoming you all in Potchefstroom in August!
Dr Mareli Stolp
Chair: South African Society for Research in Music