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Music of the Sea Symposium

The Music of the Sea Symposium explores the interaction between sea, music and song. As an integral part of the Museum’s annual Sea Music Festival, this two-day collaborative program between Mystic Seaport, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, explores subjects from history and folklore, to literature and ethnomusicology and many other related topics.

Previous symposium topics have included shipboard work songs, songs of maritime or other occupational trades, songs of rivers and lakes, seafaring cultures and cultural change, ethnicity and ethnic influences, cultural exchanges, ballad and broadside traditions, technology, regional interests, the use of sea music in literature, and popular culture.

The first day of the symposium is free and will be held at the Avery Point campus of the University of Connecticut, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT, in the auditorium of the Academic Building.

The second day of the symposium will be held in the Greenmanville Church, Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT. The cost of the symposium at Mystic Seaport is included in admission to the 35th Annual Sea Music Festival.

35th Annual Sea Music Symposium Schedule

Friday, June 13, 2014
UConn Avery Point, Auditorium in Academic Building

  • 8:30 a.m.  Coffee and danish
  • 8:50 a.m. Welcome: Moderator Craig Edwards
  • 9 a.m.  Peter Wood, “Not Bold Nelson’s Praise: Songs About Horatio Nelson and Trafalgar”
  • 9:45 a.m. Cindy Campbell-Stone, “The Lady In the Lighthouse: The Catherine Gallagher Story”
  • 10:30 a.m. Coffee and danish
  • 10:45 a.m. Robert D. Madison, “The Other Little Nell”
  • 11:30 a.m. Stephen N. Sanfilippo, “Chanteys and Masculinity in the Works of Dana, Melville, London, and O’Neill”
  • 12:15 p.m.  Lunch (can be purchased at Mort’s Cafe in the UConn Avery Point Student Center)
  • 1:45 p.m. David Peloquin, “Ahab’s Tear: Melville’s Mystic Heart”
  • 2:30 p.m.  Soft drinks and cookies
  • 2:45 p.m. David Webber and Anni Fentiman, “Of Whales and Men”

Please join us at Mystic Seaport following the Friday symposium for a special presentation by the Barrouallie Whalers.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Mystic Seaport, Greenmanville Church

  • 9:30 a.m. Welcome: Moderator Craig Edwards
    Lawrence C. Kaplan, “E. Gale Huntington’s ‘The Gam’ and the Collector as Scholar”
  • 10:15 a.m. Marc Bernier. “Music, Media, and Memory: Acquisition of Repertoire Across Generations”– Panel discussion with John Roberts, Don Sineti, Marc Bernier, Craig Edwards, Nicole Singer, and Erin Breen