Prominent Music Preservation Advocate to Deliver Regents’ Lecture

A leading musician, scholar, and artistic director, Huib Schippers brings his wealth of experience to UCLA when he delivers the UC Regents Lecture as part of his fall 2022 appointment as Regents Professor at the Department of Ethnomusicology at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA.

The talk, titled “Sound Futures: Why Some Music Practices Thrive, Many Struggle, and Others Disappear,” will be held Monday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Schoenberg Hall, is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live.

Schippers’ question is vital to understanding issues of survival and cultural relevance in the modern world. He is both complimentary and critical of international efforts to preserve the intangible elements of art music, in particular the 2003 UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which specifically attempted to preserve these cultural events. Schippers’ conception of music as existing within an ecosystem allows for an insightful examination of the cultural, political, and social factors that influence the survival or failure of musical traditions.

“I will explore how we can work with communities – from Indigenous elders to opera-goers – to ensure their musical practices remain vital and sustainable, on their terms,” ​​said Huib Schippers. “I’m looking forward to it.”

After being at the School of Music for a month, Schippers enjoyed sharing his research and experience on cultural sustainability, the music industry, and music education with enthusiastic students, helping them broaden their perspectives at within and beyond academia.

Schippers has extensive experience in the arts world. He ran a record store in Amsterdam in the 1980s while working as a music journalist and founding a music magazine. In the 1990s he was instrumental in opening world music schools in Amsterdam and worked with conservatories in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the UK.

From 2003 to 2015, Schippers led the Queensland Conservatorium Research Center in Brisbane, Australia, and in 2016 he assumed the position of Director and Curator of the renowned Smithsonian Folkwayslabel.

“Having Huib Schippers here in the Department of Ethnomusicology as Regents Professor for Fall 2022 provides students with a unique opportunity to learn from a legendary figure on the global music scene,” said Department Chair Roger Savage. of ethnomusicology at UCLA. “At home in the recording industry, music journalism, world music education, festival management and academic administration, Dr. Schippers shows how a passion for world music can lead to a exciting professional career that engages multiple skills.

A prolific public intellectual, Schippers has written more than 100 articles in scholarly journals and high-profile publications. His 2010 monograph, Facing the Music: Shaping Music Education in a Global Perspective, published by Oxford University Press, challenged its readers to abandon their own cultural biases and relearn music education in a culturally diverse world. Schippers brought his five decades of music education experience to his subject. In the words of one reviewer, “Facing the music should be required reading for all music teachers. A Mandarin version of this book will be published next month.

Schippers’ most recent scholarly work examines different global musical cultures as ecosystems in their own right. His research has been collected in two collected volumes edited by Oxford University Press, Sustainable futures for musical cultures (2016) and Music, communities and sustainability: developing policies and practices (2022).

“The faculty is delighted to welcome Dr. Schippers, whose depth and breadth of knowledge in multiple areas of musical work is unparalleled,” said Roger Savage. As part of his appointment, Schippers teaches classes at the Herb Alpert School of Music and conducts individual research and career mentorship for students.

“Having worked with universities and arts organizations around the world, I was thrilled to be asked to take on this prestigious role at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music,” Schippers said. “Particularly in the field of ethnomusicology, UCLA has been at the forefront for nearly half a century, and it is a pleasure to have face-to-face encounters with so many wonderful colleagues – especially after the pandemic – and to work with students and the UCLA ethnomusicology archive.