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How Music Affected World War I

Feb 15, 2013

All wasn't quiet on the homefront during World War I.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, we'll talk with Lora Vogt, curator of education at the National World War I Museum, and Kristin Griffeath, curator of the new music exhibit at the museum, about how the music of the time spread propaganda and shaped the national morale during the war.

Dr. Kristin Griffeath, is an assistant professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She teaches applied voice lessons and music history, co-directs the Opera Workshop program each fall, and conducts the Women’s Chorus. Griffeath is a graduate of the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where she completed her master's and doctorate degrees in musicology and voice performance, respectively. Shje earned her bachelor of music degree from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisc.

Her recent research has involved sheet music from World War I, and her thesis, “War Sirens: How the Sheet Music Industry Sold World War I” earned the 2012-2013 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award from UMKC. Griffeath was the 2011-2012 recipient of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Superior Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Lora Vogt is Curator of Education at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.  When she is not engaging audiences on topics relating to the First World War, she can be found behind the scenes creating programs and educational materials, both on-site and online, regarding the Museum and its exhibitions.  Vogt is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty in Educational Technology, a Bachelor’s in History and a Bachelor’s in Social Studies Education.