In conjunction with the Harriet Tubman centennial, Barry T. Bilderback, Ph.D. ’84, held a special performance of music on September 23 in the CCC Lounge. Barry is assistant professor at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and has spent a great deal of time studying music native to Ghana. During an interview with The Citizen, Bilderback said “Harriet Tubman’s heritage comes from Ghana. We wanted to do this in the context of her life.” He was joined by master drummer Quadir Muntaqim of Auburn who played the conga drum as well as the more traditional and native to Ghana, kpanlogo drum.
Dr. Bilderback explained the music and dance of Ghana is very much ingrained in the culture, interwoven with celebrations of life, culture and religion. The music is exemplified by poly-rhythms, call and response and oral traditions, and what he referred to as the repetition of the cycle, the interaction between the drummer, the rhythms, the dancers, drums, players and their audience, to create a connection between all involved through music and dance. Muntaqim agreed that for him music is very much an expression of who he is and his feelings. “When I play the drums,” Muntaqim said. “I play my feelings and I enjoy playing my feelings.”
This music that came from Ghana was preserved by slaves and evolved into numerous forms of music from spirituals to Gospel to blues and jazz, all of which Bilderback said share some common roots. “The music was a way of communicating,” Muntaqim said. “If you could understand the music you could understand the conversation. Drumming is a language you could use to reach long distances, just like the telephone.”
Tubman’s great-grandniece, Pauline Copes-Johnson, was also on hand and shared her impressions of Ghana, a place she said she has been fortunate enough to visit and a place where Tubman is well respected. “The people of Ghana know Harriet Tubman,” Copes-Johnson said. “It was a wonderful occasion to be able to go there and a wonderful learning experience.”
Editor’s Note: To read more about Dr. Bilderback, check out “In Case You Missed It!” in this issue of Get Inspired.
Editor’s Note: Barry Bilderback was originally run in the fall/winter 2009 edition of The Spartan. You can read more about Dr. Bilderback in this issue of Get Inspired in our cover story.
Barry T. Bilderback, Ph.D ’84 resides in Moscow, Idaho where he is an assistant professor of music history and ethnomusicology at the University of Idaho/Lionel Hampton School of Music. Barry graduated from CCC in 1984 and met his wife, Ann-Marie in 1989 while she was attending CCC. Barry went on to receive his B.A. degree in applied music from SUNY Oswego (1991—Magna Cum Laude) and his M.A. in music history from the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts (1994). Having earned his Ph.D. in music history from the University Of Oregon School Of Music (2001) he also received the School of Music’s GTF Excellence in Teaching Award in the academic area.
Prior to his Lionel Hampton School of Music appointment, Dr. Bilderback taught at Linfield College and the University of Oregon. He is also a past president of the College Music Society/Pacific Northwest Chapter (2003-2005). With a dissertation and focus of study on N.A. Rimskii-Korsakov and 19th century Russian nationalism, Dr. Bilderback was awarded the Council of International Education and Exchange travel grant and scholarship whereby he studied and conducted research in St. Petersburg, Russia. While giving numerous conference papers for the College Music Society, Society of Ethnomusicology, and the American Musicological Society, he has also presented his research at the University of London (Goldsmith College) for the Rimskii-Korsakov International Festival and Conference. Dr. Bilderback has also received an honorary membership to the American Slavic Society.
On the home front, Barry is currently in collaboration with fellow “Auburnian professors and scholars,” John Lamphere, Jim Viccaro, and Donald Schramm, to write an expose on the music tradition of Auburn Prison. The project is titled “Copper John’s Band” The History and Role of Music Inside the Auburn Correctional Facility”. He presented their initial research for the College Music Society/Pacific Northwest Chapter in April 2009
Dr. Bilderback’s overseas teaching includes a study abroad course in Vienna, Salzburg and Prague during the 2006 Mozart Festival. Having recently returned from Ghana, Africa, where he conducted a study abroad course in Ghanaian drumming and dance. Dr. Bilderback is researching contemporary Ghanaian institutions and the way(s) traditional music is taught. In his study, he is collaborating with renowned master drummer Prof. Komla Amoaku (Founder and Director of the Institute for Ghanaian Music-an organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional culture), Prof. Kofi Anyidoho (University of Ghana), and Nii “Chief” Tettey Tetteh (Founder and Director of the Kusun Cultural Centre). Prof. Komla Amoaku is from the Ewe ethnic group and is a world renowned ethnomusicologist. Dr. Bilderback has presented his research on the Ghanaian aslatua tradition of the Ga people for the 2008 International Conference of “Music, Health, and Happiness,” held at the Royal College of Music, Manchester, UK. He has also received a Key Grant and The Innovation/Integration Teaching Grant for his current project titled “Project Nungua: Environmental and Cultural Awarness in Ghana.” Through the grant funding he returned to Ghana in summer 2009 to continue research on “The Institutionalization of Traditional Music in Ghana.” The primary focus is on fieldwork conducted with the Ga and Ewe ethnic groups.
In October 2009 Dr. Bilderback will present a paper at the National Conference for the College Music Society titled, “They Do Not Play What is not Written Down: Contextualing Oral Tradition in African-American Musical Studies”.
Through the University of Idaho, Dr. Bilderback received a Key Grant and Seed Grant to return to Ghana in the summer of 2010 to continue research, transcriptions, and interviews with Prof. Komla Amoaku and Hunor Gatukpe Dogah (Chief/High Priest of the Kpeve Village in the Southern Volta Region.) He has also received a USAC visiting professorship to teach at the University of Ghana.
In his spare time, Barry is a freelance society-style jazz pianist. He also continues his work on the violin and the flute while fine-tuning his kpanlogo and djembe drumming skills under the direction of Ghanaian master drummer Nii Ardey Allotey, and Guinean master drummer Alseny Yansane, as well as continuing his work on the Auburn Prison Project.
October 2013 Update: Barry recently performed at CCC with The Spirit of Akwaaba: Ghana’s Music, Dance & Culture, a discussion and drumming program, which explores the culture of Ghana. To read more, see our cover story in this issue.
–Lori Cochran, ‘05
This year marked the 150th Anniversary of one of the most pivotal battles in the Civil War. Visiting the town of Gettysburg and immersing yourself in the way things were back in 1863, is a great way to view the historic events in a more personal way and John Lamphere, ACC/CCC Alumni Board member and Cayuga instructor of history and criminal justice, is armed with the knowledge that lets us all do that each time we travel to Gettysburg on this trip.
The Alumni provided two weekends giving almost 100 people the chance to enjoy beautiful scenery, gain insight to a soldier’s life, and explore the historic village of Gettysburg. It’s an amazing and humbling opportunity to spend time in a place where so many fought and gave of their lives for the future of our nation.
Both weekends offered beautiful weather. The Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center is where we watch a great 20 minute film, “A New Birth of Freedom”, shortly following we see the 360° Cyclorama painting, by French artist, Paul Philippoteaux. The painting depicts Pickett’s Charge, the Confederate attack on Union forces at Gettysburg, this being the climax of the battle. No matter how many times you see this painting, or attend this trip for that matter, it’s always a moving experience.
Thanks to John, the gals in the Alumni Office and my fellow trip mates…two more successful trip to Gettysburg.
The ACC/CCC Alumni Association would like to welcome new board member Felicia Franceschelli ’11. During her time at CCC, Felicia served as president of Phi theta Kappa, secretary of the Chemistry Club, SGO Senate Representative, and was recipient of several local scholarships. Following graduation from CCC, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Empire State College. Franceschelli is currently a legal assistant with Boyle & Anderson, P.C. She also serves on the board of directors for Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc., Cayuga County Bar Association and Fleming Fire Department #1. She is secretary for both the Bar Association as well as the Fire Department, and is on the finance committee for Cayuga County Counseling Service.
CCC GRADUATES RECEIVE AWARDS
Five of Cayuga Community College’s newest alumni have earned merit awards as transfer students. Jessica E. Duryee ’13 and Heather Heins’13 of Baldwinsville, Hope Ashby ’13 of Elbridge, Tia Segretto ’13 of Memphis, and David Merrow ’13 of Central Square will each be transferring to SUNY Oswego with their awards.
The staff of the “Orientation Express” greeted new students at both the Auburn and Fulton campuses this past August. Fall Orientation was held to help students get acquainted with all the resources that are made available to them at Cayuga. Freshmen gain information on how to access and use the college web portal, “myCayuga”, get help with financial aid, and were encouraged to get involved with campus clubs and activities.
Norman Lee, Director of Student Activities, urged students to make the most of their time at Cayuga. Freshman and their family were treated to lunch and refreshments, courtesy of the ACC/CCC Alumni Association.
CCC student Steven Hoyt, received the 2012-13 Cayuga Community College Library Research Award for his paper, “‘Bartleby’: A Story of the Struggle of the Working Class,” based on Herman Melville’s classic story “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” He submitted the paper for an assignment in his English 102 Freshman Writing II course and then decided to enter the paper for award consideration.
As the winner of the 10th annual Library Research Award, Hoyt received a prize of $200. His name will be engraved on a permanent plaque in the College’s Norman F. Bourke Memorial Library. “The quality and variety of the research was quite impressive,” Faculty Member Greg Sevik, Ph.D. said.
“I was very excited and proud that my work was recognized,” Steven said. “As a non-traditional student it is gratifying to win an award that is only given to one student every year.”
The Cayuga Community College London Program
January 1-14, 2014
This year’s program includes:
Art and Design
Comparative Social Issues in London
Comparative World Religions
Health Care in Great Britain
International Business: The British Experience
Media: The British Experience
Public Safety in Great Britain
Selected Topics in International Theatre: The London Theatre
For more information regarding the program, please contact
Linda D’Amato x2229 or Emily Cameron x2227 or visit
Jodi Rogers of Red Creek and Kevin Franceschelli of Auburn, members of the Cayuga Community College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business club, advanced to the finals at the National Future Business Leaders PBL Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this past July. Both placed in the top 15 nationally in their respective competition category, word processing and public speaking.
Business Instructor and club advisor Amy Valente said she was proud of the success her students achieved. “It was a huge accomplishment for two of our students to be in the finals,” she said.
The students were part of a five-member team from Cayuga who qualified at states to compete at the national competition. The other team members included James Molina (public speaking), Max Appleby (Community Service, Sales Presentation, and Hospitality and Tourism), and Natalie Krone (Community Service).
The FBLA-PBL National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Individual and team events focus on skills useful in leadership and career development; chapter events recognize overall achievement and performance in chapter management and growth.