Steve Swayne

Faculty member Steve Swayne elected President of American Musicological Society

Faculty member Steve Swayne has been elected the next president of the American Musicological Society (AMS).

From the AMS website:

"Steve Swayne is the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music at Dartmouth College. He completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 1999; his research has centered on William Schuman, Stephen Sondheim, and other aspects of American music. He has served as AMS Council Secretary for the past four years."

Faculty member Steve Swayne named interim director of Montgomery Fellows Program

Faculty member Steve Swayne is named interim director of the Montgomery Fellows Program for the 2019 year:

“Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music, will serve a one-year, part-time appointment as interim director of the Montgomery Fellows Program, beginning Jan. 1, Provost Joseph Helble announced today. Swayne, a concert pianist whose expertise is in opera, art music, Russian music, and musical theater, succeeds Senior Lecturer Klaus Milich, who has led the program for three years. ‘Steve’s long tenure and deep background in the arts will serve the Montgomery program and Dartmouth well in the coming year,’ says Helble.” -Susan Boutwell for Dartmouth News, 12/11/18

Read the full article here.

Steve Swayne receives the Professor John Rassias Faculty Award

 Left to right: Nick Rassias, Helene Rassias-Miles, Don Pease, Steve Swayne, Mary Dengler '96, and Russell Wolff ’89, Tu’94

By Rachel Hastings

Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Dartmouth professors are unparalleled in their commitment to educating their students. Even so, with their packed schedules it is a rare professor who is able to dedicate equal time to teaching alumni many years after they leave the classroom.

Steve Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music; and Don Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, and professor of English and comparative literature, have done just that during their tenure at the College.

Steve Swayne on Music and Making the World a Better Place

The Dartmouth Professor Talks: Steve Swayne is the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music and chair of Dartmouth’s music department. The author of two books, with two more in the works, Professor Swayne talks to Dartmouth Now about stretching the boundaries of musicology, the morality of MP3s, and how a gay man who once served as an evangelical chaplain redefined his calling.

The Dangers of Overestimating Music Therapy (The Atlantic)

In an opinion piece for The Atlantic, Professor Steve Swayne says that while songs can help dementia patients recall memories, it is important to realize that music may also invoke false memories and confusion. “For someone suffering from dementia, we have no easy way of knowing whether she is genuinely recalling a song and how the recall challenges her present situation, which is decidedly not that earlier time and place,” he writes.

Swayne, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Music, continues, “We hope that the patient is experiencing joy, but that joy can be laced with anxiety or even terror from being awakened by familiar sounds into an unfamiliar world.”

Read the full opinion piece, published 7/15/14 by The Atlantic.