Institute for Popular Music

The Institute for Popular Music Celebrates the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and More

The University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music is in the midst of an exciting slate of talks in its Lecture Series. This spring the UR IPM will host Walter Everett (University of Michigan) and Andy Babiuk discussing the Beatles, and Lauren Onkey (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum) considering Celtic soul, in addition to UR IPM's Margarita Guillory talking about hip hop.  This comes on the heels of a fall schedule that featured Shaugn O"Donnell (City College, CUNY) discussing Pink Floyd and Elizabeth Wollman (Baruch College, CUNY) discussing musical theater. Announcements will be forthcoming soon for the In Conversation Series and the In the Schools events.


The UR IPM launched the new In Performance Series with a 40th anniversary celebration of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon this past fall.  In February, the series will continue with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The concert will take place on Sunday, February 9 and begin at 8 pm--exactly 50 years after the famous nationwide broadcast.  Faculty and student performers will be backed by The Smooth Talkers, the region's top 60s band. The lectures by Andy Babiuk and Walter Everett will be coordinated with this event to create a Rochester celebration of the Beatles arrival in the US. 


In the News

BBC News
John Covach Talks about the Rolling Stones on BBC
July 11, 2012

More about Professor John Covach


  • John Covach
    College Music Department and Eastman School of Music

Advisory Board Members

  • Lori Burns
    University of Ottawa
  • Walter Everett
    University of Michigan
  • Susan Fast
    McMaster University
  • Andrew Flory
    Carleton College
  • Robert Fink
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Daniel Harrison
    Yale University
  • Portia Maultsby
    Indiana University
  • Allan Moore
    University of Surrey
  • Jocelyn Neal
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Guthrie Ramsey
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Mark Spicer
    Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Rob Wegman
    Princeton University
  • Albin Zak
    University of Albany

Faculty Associates

  • Daniel Beaumont
    Religion and Classics
  • Paul Burgett
    College Music Department
  • Harold Danko
    Eastman School of Music
  • John Fetter
    Eastman School of Music
  • Margarita Simon Guillory
    Religion and Classics
  • Josef Hanson
    College Music Department
  • Kim Kowalke
    College Music Department and Eastman School of Music
  • Jennifer Kyker
    College Music Department and Eastman School of Music
  • Bruce Pilato
    College Music Department
  • Jason Titus
    College Music Department