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Background Information

Employment History

The Dena Epstein Fund


Assistant Music Librarian

University of Chicago


Affiliations

Music Library Association Inc

Board Member


RILM/US

Office Governing Board Member


Music Library Association

Board Member


Education

University of Illinois


B.A.

Music

University of Chicago


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Music Library Association - MLA Awards and Grants - Dena Epstein Biography

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About Dena Epstein
Music Library Association - MLA Awards and Grants - Dena Epstein Biography MLA Logo Contact Us | Join MLA | Give to MLA | Search Dena Epstein Award About Dena Epstein Dena Epstein has had a lifetime interest in the history of American music publishing and in pre-Civil War African-American music in the United States and West Indies. She is the author of many publications, the best known being Sinful Tunes and Spirituals (University of Illinois Press, 1977) and Music Publishing in Chicago Before 1871 (Information Coordinators, 1969). Her articles have appeared in Notes, Musical Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, and American Music. The most recent include "Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem" (1994), "Frederick Stock and American Music" (1992), "Black Spirituals: Their Emergence into Public Knowledge" (1990), and "The Mysterious WPA Music Periodicals Index" (1989). She has received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Chicago Folklore Prize, and the Francis Butler Simkins Prize from the Southern Historical Association. She is perhaps the most proud of I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl (University of Illinois Press, 1989). Edited by Dena, this book is the autobiography of Hilda Satt Polacheck, her mother. Until her retirement, Dena Epstein was Assistant Music Librarian at the University of Chicago for some 22 years. Active throughout her career in the Music Library Association, Dena served on the Board of Directors as member-at-large and as MLA President from 1977 to 1979. She also chaired and was a member of many committees. In 1986 Dena Epstein was awarded MLA's highest honor, a Citation, and became an honorary member of the Association.


Program Notes | Go Down, Moses | Concerts | Chicago a cappella

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The most important research in this area had been done by Dena J. Epstein, a Chicago resident who is the former curator of the recordings collection at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library. (I took and independent study course from her in college; at the time I had no idea what a giant she is in the field of black American music.) Over a period of twenty years, Epstein combed historical documents in the United States and the West Indies, to attempt to create an accurate historical record for the whole of black fold music before the Civil War.
Her monumental effort remains as the most significant documentary wok on the religious and musical environments in which the black spiritual shaped. Epstein observes the African-Americans' conversion to Christianity "was an essential precondition for the emergence of the Negro spiritual. Epstein has written convincingly about the camp-meeting as a breeding-ground for early spirituals: conditions there were ripe for improvised singling, including the lively and personal embrace of Christianity common to whites and blacks, the slaves' constant interest in music which kept call-and-response musical elements from Africa alive in the work songs and folk songs; and so on.


Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music - Music Library Association

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Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music
Dena Epstein Dena Epstein (1916-2013) had a lifetime interest in the history of American music publishing and in pre-Civil War African-American music in the United States and West Indies. She was the author of many publications, the best known being Sinful Tunes and Spirituals (University of Illinois Press, 1977) and Music Publishing in Chicago Before 1871 (Information Coordinators, 1969). Her articles have appeared in Notes, Musical Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, and American Music. The most recent include "Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem" (1994), "Frederick Stock and American Music" (1992), "Black Spirituals: Their Emergence into Public Knowledge" (1990), and "The Mysterious WPA Music Periodicals Index" (1989). She received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Chicago Folklore Prize, and the Francis Butler Simkins Prize from the Southern Historical Association. She was perhaps the most proud of I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl (University of Illinois Press, 1989). Edited by Dena, this book is the autobiography of Hilda Satt Polacheck, her mother. Until her retirement, Dena Epstein was Assistant Music Librarian at the University of Chicago for some 22 years. Active throughout her career in the Music Library Association, Dena served on the Board of Directors as member-at-large and as MLA President from 1977 to 1979. She also chaired and was a member of many committees. In 1986, Dena Epstein was awarded MLA's highest honor, the MLA Citation, and became an honorary member of the Association.


Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music - Music Library Association

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Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music
Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music - Music Library Association Donate | Join Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music Dena Epstein Dena Epstein (1916-2013) had a lifetime interest in the history of American music publishing and in pre-Civil War African-American music in the United States and West Indies. She was the author of many publications, the best known being Sinful Tunes and Spirituals (University of Illinois Press, 1977) and Music Publishing in Chicago Before 1871 (Information Coordinators, 1969). Her articles have appeared in Notes, Musical Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, and American Music. The most recent include "Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem" (1994), "Frederick Stock and American Music" (1992), "Black Spirituals: Their Emergence into Public Knowledge" (1990), and "The Mysterious WPA Music Periodicals Index" (1989). She received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Chicago Folklore Prize, and the Francis Butler Simkins Prize from the Southern Historical Association. She was perhaps the most proud of I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl (University of Illinois Press, 1989). Edited by Dena, this book is the autobiography of Hilda Satt Polacheck, her mother. Until her retirement, Dena Epstein was Assistant Music Librarian at the University of Chicago for some 22 years. Active throughout her career in the Music Library Association, Dena served on the Board of Directors as member-at-large and as MLA President from 1977 to 1979. She also chaired and was a member of many committees. In 1986, Dena Epstein was awarded MLA's highest honor, the MLA Citation, and became an honorary member of the Association.


Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music - Music Library Association

www.musiclibraryassoc.org [cached]

Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music
Dena Epstein Dena Epstein (1916-2013) had a lifetime interest in the history of American music publishing and in pre-Civil War African-American music in the United States and West Indies. She was the author of many publications, the best known being Sinful Tunes and Spirituals (University of Illinois Press, 1977) and Music Publishing in Chicago Before 1871 (Information Coordinators, 1969). Her articles have appeared in Notes, Musical Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, and American Music. The most recent include "Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem" (1994), "Frederick Stock and American Music" (1992), "Black Spirituals: Their Emergence into Public Knowledge" (1990), and "The Mysterious WPA Music Periodicals Index" (1989). She received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Chicago Folklore Prize, and the Francis Butler Simkins Prize from the Southern Historical Association. She was perhaps the most proud of I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl (University of Illinois Press, 1989). Edited by Dena, this book is the autobiography of Hilda Satt Polacheck, her mother. Until her retirement, Dena Epstein was Assistant Music Librarian at the University of Chicago for some 22 years. Active throughout her career in the Music Library Association, Dena served on the Board of Directors as member-at-large and as MLA President from 1977 to 1979. She also chaired and was a member of many committees. In 1986, Dena Epstein was awarded MLA's highest honor, the MLA Citation, and became an honorary member of the Association.


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