MACSEM: The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

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Welcome to MACSEM, a member chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). Founded in 1955, the SEM promotes the research, study, and performance of music in its cultural, social, and political contexts.   MACSEM was established in 1981 and includes members from the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,  New York, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.



  • MACSEM congratulates the 2019 Lorna D'Acosta McDaniel Prize winner for best undergraduate student paper, Varun Rangaswamy (Eastman School of Music) for his paper, "Cultural Transformation in Rochester's India Community Center: The ICC as a Site of Intergenerational and Interregional Discourse."

  • MACSEM congratulates the 2019 Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize winner for best graduate student paper, Maria Agustina Checa (CUNY Graduate Center) for her paper, "'Reclaim the album as an oeuvre:' Artisanal Cassette Production and Musical Value in Argentina."

  • MACSEM congratulates Samantha Jones (Harvard University) for receiving honorable mention for the 2019 Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize, for her paper, "Dancing Hands: A Sensory Approach to Choreographic Transmission and EmbodIed Musicality in Irish Step Dance."

* MACSEM Selects 2018-19 Officers

  • President: Shalini Ayyagari, University of Pittsburgh
  • Vice-President: Siv Lie, University of Maryland, College Park 
  • Secretary: Brendan Kibbee, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Treasurer: Ben Jackson, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Student Representative: Yang Shuo, University of Pittsburgh