Publications

2021
Michael Sy Uy and Naomi André. 8/16/2021. “Finding Success Inside and Outside the Academy.” In Sounding Together: Collaborative Perspectives on U.S. Music in the 21st Century, Pp. 310-333. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. Publisher's Version
Michael Sy Uy. 4/1/2021. “The Art of Philanthropy, The Philanthropy of Art.” Center for Effective Philanthropy. Publisher's Version
2020
Michael Sy Uy. 8/31/2020. Ask the Experts: How Ford, Rockefeller, and the NEA Changed American Music. Oxford University Press.
2017
Michael Sy Uy. 2017. “Performing Catfish Row in the Soviet Union: The Everyman Opera Company and Porgy and Bess, 1955-56.” Journal of the Society for American Music, 11, 4, Pp. 470-501. Publisher's VersionAbstract

For three weeks in 1955 and 1956 the Everyman Opera Company staged Porgy and Bess in Leningrad and Moscow. In the previous two years, the Robert Breen and Blevins Davis production of Gershwin's opera had toured Europe and Latin America, funded by the U.S. State Department. Yet when Breen negotiated a performance tour to Russia, the American government denied funding, stating, among other reasons, that a production would be “politically premature.” Surprisingly, however, the opera was performed with the Soviet Ministry of Culture paying the tour costs in full. I argue that this tour, negotiated amid the growing civil rights movement, was a non-paradigmatic example of cultural exchange at the beginning of the Cold War: an artistic product funded at different times by both the United States and the Soviet Union. Through an examination of the tour's archival holdings, interviews with surviving cast members, and the critical reception in the historically black press, this essay contributes to ongoing questions of Cold War scholarship, including discussions on race, identity, and the unpredictable nature of cultural exchange.
Michael Sy Uy. 2017. “The Recorded Anthology of American Music and the Rockefeller Foundation: Expertise, Deliberation, and Commemoration in the Bicentennial Celebrations.” American Music, 35, 1, Pp. 75-93. Publisher's Version
2016
Michael Uy, Jonathan Hicks, and Carina Venter. 2016. “Introduction: Music and Landscape.” The Journal of Musicology, 33, 1, Pp. 1-10.
2012
Michael Sy Uy. 2012. “Venezuela's National Music Education Program El Sistema: Its Interactions with Society and Its Participants' Engagement in Praxis.” Music and Arts In Action, 4, 1, Pp. 5-21. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Venezuela's government-funded, national music education program, El Sistema, has attracted worldwide attention because of its purported success in ‘saving’ children from lives filled with drugs, violence, and crime. It does this by giving them the opportunity to play in an after-school orchestra, one to four hours a day, five to six days a week. This article describes the program’s organizational philosophy and mission, and accounts for its day-to-day activities in order to explore how these programmatic aspects may positively contribute to participant engagement in Paulo Freire’s notion of praxis, that is, “reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it” (Freire and Ramos, 2004, p. 51). Additionally, other programmatic aspects of El Sistema are highlighted to help link the program with previous research on improving students’ social behavior and cognitive development. Finally, the article discusses some of the program’s strengths and weaknesses and how it plays a role in Venezuelan society, interacting not only with the community of students and parents, but also with national and local governments and the private business sector. In doing so, El Sistema is contextualized within its social environment and conclusions are drawn on the potential for success and replicability in other cities and countries.