Society for American Music Appoints New Board Members

The Society for American Music has recently announced the installation of its new officers. The installation took place at their 26th national conference in Charleston, SC.

The President-Elect is Paul F. Wells, the Director of the Center for Popular Music and Associate Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Immediately previous to his appointment, Wells was a Member-at-large on the Board of SAM. He received his B.A. from Clark University, and his M.A. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA. His research interests include a wide range of folk and popular music topics, such as traditional fiddling and fiddle tunes; the relationship of community-based oral traditions and the music business; and intersections of African- and European-American traditions in the Southwest.

Katherine K. Preston was re-elected Secretary. She is Associate Professor of Music at The College of William and Mary. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College, M.M. in Musicology from the University of Maryland, and Ph.D. in Musicology from the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of articles in “Amerigrove” (The New Grove Dictionary of American Music), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and American National Biography. She has also authored two books: Music for Hire: Professional Musicians in Washington, D.C., 1877-1900, and Opera on the Road: Traveling Opera Troupes in the U.S., 1825-1860, and served as editor of Irish-American Theater (vol. 10, “Nineteenth-Century American Musical Theatre”). Her research interests include opera performance history, Broadway musicals, film music studies, and women and music, particularly in the nineteenth century.

Two Board Members-at-large were also announced. Michael Broyles is Prof. of Music and American history at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin. Publications include articles on 19th-century folk music, Beethoven, Ives, and Leo Ornstein, of whom he is currently writing a biography. He has also written 3 books: A Yankee Musician in Europe: The 1938 Journals of Lowell Mason, Music of the Highest Class: Elitism and Populism in Antebellum Boston, and Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music (forthcoming). Linda Pohly is Associate Professor of Music at Ball State University. Her Ph.D. in Music History is from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include the musical activities of Midwestern Americans between 1850 and 1950.

The Society for American Music, formerly known as the Sonneck Society, is a non-profit scholarly and educational organization that seeks to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation, and study of American music in all its historical and contemporary styles and contexts. These include art music, popular music, musical theater, folk music, music for the dance, church music, the musics of ethnic groups and minorities, and the full range of activities associated with music. “America” is understood by the Society to embrace North America, including Central America and the Caribbean, and aspects of its cultures elsewhere in the world. The Society for American Music is a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies.