UO to honor former dean Anne Dhu McLucas with Oct. 20 service, symposium

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Sept. 19, 2012) – The University of Oregon is sharing its plans to honor the life and work of music professor and former dean of the School of Music and Dance Anne Dhu McLucas, who passed away Sept. 8.

As previously announced in late August, plans are proceeding to present a two-part symposium on the “Oral Traditions, Old and New” this fall.  The symposium, planned before McLucas’ passing, will welcome scholars in the areas of music history and ethnomusicology, and will take place in two portions: Sept. 29, and Oct. 19 and 20. 

The October portion of the symposium will be dedicated to the memory of McLucas, with musicians and scholars from across the U.S. and abroad presenting their work in her memory. The theme of the symposium was chosen to honor Anne's 2010 monograph, the “The Musical Ear: Oral Tradition in the USA.”

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Beall Concert Hall at the MarAbel B. Frohnmayer Music Building, 961 E. 18th Ave., on campus. The service is open to the public.

"The School of Music and Dance is deeply saddened and shocked by the recent, tragic loss of Anne," said Brad Foley, current dean of the school.  "She was an exemplary faculty member, teacher, mentor, scholar, dean and servant to the profession and community, not only in Eugene and across Oregon, but throughout the nation. Her enthusiasm, energy and love of life will be missed dearly."

McLucas was professor of music (emerita), specializing in ethnomusicology and musicology, and served as dean of the UO School of Music and Dance from 1992 to 2002.Most recently, McLucas returned to the classroom for seminars in oral tradition, American folk music, music and gender, as well as seminars on such topics as "The Magic Flute" and Stravinsky's "Les Noces." 

MEDIA CONTACT:Aaron Ragan-Fore, 541-346-1163, aprf@uoregon.edu