School of Music Professor Patricia Shehan Campbell was honored recently by The Society for Ethnomusicology, which presented her with one of its top awards at its recent annual international meeting. Professor Campbell was presented with an Honorary Membership at the Society’s Oct. 30 virtual meeting.
“It’s one of the very few such awards in the field, so I am pleased, if even a bit surprised to receive it,” Campbell says. “I’m honored to be joining honored members like Bruno Nettl, Kay Schelmay of Harvard, Bonnie C. Wade of UC-Berkeley, Anthony Seeger of UCLA and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and the founding father of UW Ethnomusicology, Robert Garfias—in all, there are now about 40 honored members since the award’s inception 30 years ago.”
In bestowing the honorary membership, the Society annually honors SEM members or other individuals for extraordinary service to the Society or to the field of ethnomusicology. Campbell was recognized for working tirelessly in the development of a pedagogical thrust in the field of ethnomusicology, and for her consistent focus on the study of children’s musical cultures.