International Council for Traditional Music held in Vietnam
(July 2010) Three SIL ethnomusicologists presented papers at the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) 19–30 July. Two international symposia on ethnic music—the sixth symposium for the Study Group “Music and Minorities” and the second symposium for the Study Group “Applied Ethnomusicology”—were held simultaneously in the northern Vietnam cities of Hanoi and Ha Long. It is the first time this kind of event has been organized simultaneously in two different cities in a non-European country.
The two symposia featured 30 working sessions with 76 papers delivered by 85 researchers, including 70 foreign scholars from 31 countries around the world.
Papers presented by SIL personnel
- Todd Saurman: “Singing for survival in the highlands of Cambodia”
- Mary Saurman: “Culturally relevant songs: Teaching tools in education programs”
- Brian Schrag, Ph.D., International Coordinator for Ethnomusicology and the Arts, SIL International: “Training for Advocacy in Minority Arts”
Delegates at the symposia focused their discussion on the role of music in sustaining minority communities, the preservation of performing arts and the importance of performing arts in social dialogues and education.
SIL is in the process of registering in Vietnam as an official international nongovernmental organization. As a nongovernmental organization (NGO), SIL partners worldwide with government ministries and other NGOs to serve language communities as they build capacity for sustainable language development. SIL does this primarily through research, translation, training and materials development.