- Dinko Fabris
- Ralf Martin Jäger
He started his academic career in 1999 as visiting professor of Musicology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. From 2000 until 2004 he deputized the chair of Musicology at the WWU Münster and from 2005 to 2009 he was Lecturer and Senior Researcher both at the Musicological Department of WWU Münster (since 2008 Professor) and University of Music "Franz Liszt" in Weimar. From 2009 to 2011 Prof. Jäger held the Chair of Ethnomusicology at the Department of Music Research, Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Würzburg. He has been lecturing in Göttingen, Istanbul, Mainz, Saarbrücken, Zürich and Athens.
Since 1995 Jäger is head of the Dissertationsmeldestelle (Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology) of Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (GfM); 2000 to 2004 he was vice-president of the German national committee of the International Council for Traditional Music; 2002 to 2005 Jäger acted as deputy chair of the study group Ethnomusicology (German Musicological Society). He directed the projects of the GfM in the Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Musikwissenschaft (ViFa Musik).
In 2005 Prof. Jäger was awarded with the “Hendrik Casimir-Karl Ziegler Research Grant” by the North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
Since 2015 Prof. Jäger is director of the international and interdisciplinary DFG (German Research Foundation) long-term research project “Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae (CMO): Critical Editions of Music Manuscripts from the Middle East” which is based in Münster, Bonn, and Istanbul (https://www.uni-muenster.de/CMO-Edition/index.html ).
- Tilman Seebass
Honors and offices: President of the Austrian Society of Musicology (1996-2000), Executive Board of the Int. Council for Traditional Music (1999-2004), President of the Int. Musicological Society (2007-2012). In 2011 Seebass received the honorary doctorate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The two main research areas of Seebass are the relations between the visual arts and music, and the music of Indonesia. In the former area his interests centered first on medieval art and music. Later he also published on iconographic themes in other periods of European music history (Ancient Greek Antiquity, Renaissance, 19th Century) and worked on music images in East- and Southeast Asia, too. In 1984, he founded the International Yearbook of Musical Iconography, Imago Musicae, and edited it until 2013 (26 vols.). From 1984 until 2008 he was the chairman of the Studygroup for Musical Iconography of the International Council for Traditional Music and organized many international conferences in various places in Europe and Asia. In 2002/03 he directed the project Images of Music (a Culture-2000 project of the European Union) with 15 partners in 7 different European. As to his interest in non-Western cultures, he published on the music of Bali and Lombok, problems of oral history and literate traditions in the music of in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, musical acculturation, and other subjects. His last publication (2015) was a Catalogue raisonné of the Balinese palm-leaf manuscripts with music notation (RISM B XVI).
- Avra Pieridou Skoutella
Avra is the Founder and President of the Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music (C.C.R.S.M.) and the Cyprus Music Leadership Institute (www.ccrsm.org.cy). She designed Early Childhood Music Education in the Mediterranean Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership (2014-2017) which was coordinated by C.C.R.S.M. She is scientific partner in the Shared Training Activities for Music Professionals Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership (2016-2018) http://www.emc-imc.org/projects/stamp/ which is coordinated by the European Music Council. In September 2014 she was appointed to serve a six-year term as a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Music Education: Research (ISME).
Dr Pieridou Skoutella is the author of Small Musical Worlds in the Mediterranean; Ethnicity, Globalization and Greek Cypriot Children’s Musical Identities, London: (Ashgate book 2015) Routledge Press (2nd edition 2016). She is the editor and co-author of the four-language Early Childhood Music education on-line manual (2016) published by CCRSM and funded by Erasmus+ http://www.ecmeinmediterranean.com/index.php/en/. She authored and co-produced the multidimensional pioneering publication Cypriot Traditional Songs for Children; through Music Education Practices (2008) http://www.ccrsm.org.cy/activities/id/15 which has been included in the public music education system of Cyprus.
She has been Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at UCL-IoE University of London. She was awarded the PhD in Music Education from the same institution under the supervision of Dr Lucy Green (2006). Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella graduated from the Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus as an Elementary School Teacher (1993) with distinction. With a full CASP-Fulbright Scholarship she continued her studies at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (1997) in general music education concentration and classical guitar. During her studies at the Eastman School she was also awarded the Sloan Merit Scholarship, recognition in the Dean’s List and the ‘International Award for Preserving and Promoting one’s own Cultural Heritage’ by the International Scholarship Fund of the Eastman School of Music. With additional US governmental scholarships she studied at the School of International Training in Vermont and with the Multi-Track Diplomacy Group in Boston topics on multicultural communication and confidence building, negotiation and conflict resolution techniques. She went on to study the Zóltan Kódaly approach at the Zóltan Kódaly Pedagogical Institute in Hungary. She attended graduate studies in early childhood music education with Dr Donna Brink Fox at the Eastman School of Music. Dr Pieridou-Skoutella also holds an MA Degree in Music Education from Reading University (1998).
She has rich music teaching experience in all levels of music education while she developed audience development projects and performances with a number of performers and stakeholders in European art music and world musical traditions. During the two seasons 2008-2009 & 2009-2010 Avra was the developer, music educator and presenter of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra education programmes for children aged 4-7 years old. Avra was also the co-developer of the Bachelors of Music Programme of Arte Music Academy, the first institution of tertiary music studies in Cyprus, where she lectured in music education, Cypriot musical tradition, multiculturalism in music education, ethnomusicology and music leadership (2002-2008).
Dr Avra Pieridou Skoutella has presented research papers in local, regional and international conferences and she has published research articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. She has given workshops on early childhood music education, music learning and teaching evaluation and interculturality in Spain (Madrid, Granada), Italy (Rome), Greece (Athens, Corfu), Australia and Cyprus. She was invited presenter and keynote speaker at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, at the Arab Music Academy International Convention in Lebanon (the Arab League) and the University of Crete at Iraklion.
She is the curator of the Mediterranean Forum of Early Childhood Music Education and Musical Childhoods. The forum invites music scholars from Europe, around the Mediterranean region and beyond, with strong interests in Mediterranean rich musical heritage, the young child and musical childhoods, early childhood music teaching and learning in Mediterranean countries, evaluation of music teaching and learning and teacher training and preparation. Its inaugural Conference will take place in Cyprus in April 2018.