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2020 AMS Council Ballot & Candidates

Thursday, June 25, 2020  

Information on 2020 Council candidates is provided below. Voting closes 19 July 2020.

Use this link to access the ballot (sign-in required).

Below are the biographies of those standing as candidates for the AMS Council in 2020.


2020 Council Candidates


Vilde Aaslid. Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island. Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2014. (“Interaction, Collaboration, and Improvisation in the Intersection of Jazz and Poetry”). Publications in JSAM and American Music Review. Book manuscript, Listen In: Poetry and Politics in Jazz, in progress. Research: aesthetics, gender, race, improvisation, poetry, and pedagogy.


Daniel Barolsky. Beloit University. Open Access Musicology, editor. Publications in The Journal of Music History Pedagogy, Music Theory Online, Music Performance Research, and European Meetings in Ethnomusicology. Active in AMS’s music history pedagogy study group, SMT’s Performance and Analysis Interest Group, and the Performance Studies Network.


Kevin Bartig. Michigan State University. Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2008. Editorial Board of JAMS and service on the Travel/Research Grant Committee. Publications: Composing for the Red Screen (Oxford, 2013); Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky (Oxford, 2017). Research: Russia/Soviet Union; transnationalism; musical diplomacy; Cold War politics


Daniel Castro Pantoja. Scholar-in-Residence, University of Houston. PhD, University of California, Riverside (2018). 2020 winner of the Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award, specialist in Latin American Art Music. AMS Program committee 2021


Karen M. Cook. University of Hartford. PhD, Duke, 2012. Publications: Music Theory in Late Medieval Avignon: Magister Johannes Pipardi, under review at Routledge; articles in Musica Disciplina, Plainsong & Medieval Music, postmedieval, Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism, Studies in Medievalism. Research: medieval music/theory/notation, medievalism, ludomusicology.


Ryan Dohoney.  Northwestern.  Ph.D., Columbia, 2009. Active in 20th/21st century music and published in Modernism/Modernity, JAMS, Contemporary Music Review, and Women and Music. Book: Saving Abstraction: Morton Feldman, the de Menils, and the Rothko Chapel (OUP, 2019). Serves as co-chair of the LGBTQ Study Group, served on the Pisk Prize Committee and serves on the Committee on Women and Gender.


Mark Ferraguto. Penn State. Ph.D., Cornell University, 2012. Book: Beethoven 1806 (Oxford University Press, 2019). Edited volume: Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Articles in JAMS and Music & Letters. Pisk Prize, 2011. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven in context; performance practice.


Abigail Fine. University of Oregon, formerly University of Hawai’i. PhD, University of Chicago. AMS Committee on the Annual Meeting. Author of “Beethoven’s Mask and the Physiognomy of Late Style” (NCM, Spring 2020). Research: cultural history and materiality in late nineteenth-century Germany and Austria


Chantal Frankenbach. California State University, Sacramento. Past chair: AMS Music and Dance Study Group. Recent articles in Dance Chronicle and Journal of Musicology. Current projects investigate the modern dancer Isadora Duncan and the African American Cakewalk, both in pre-war Germany.


John Gabriel. University of Melbourne (Australia). Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016 (“Opera After Optimism: The Fate of Zeitoper at the End of the Weimar Republic”). Previously, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, University of Hong Kong, and Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore. Book manuscript on music theater in Weimar Republic Germany, in progress.


Maya C. Gibson. University of Missouri Honors College. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin. 2008. My work on Billie Holiday seeks to make the discipline more inclusive by rooting it in Black cultural studies and feminist perspectives. I stand on the shoulders of giants including Eileen Southern, Rae Linda Brown, Sam Floyd. I’m here because of them.


Bernard Gordillo Brockmann. University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States. PhD, University of California, Riverside. AMS Committee on the History of the Society, and former Council Student Member. Recent article in Diagonal: An Ibero-American Music Review. Research: Latin American music, particularly Central America and Mexico.


Jason B. Grant. Editor, C.P.E. Bach: The Complete Works. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2005 ("The Rise of Lyricism and the Decline of Biblical Narration in the Late Liturgical Passions of Georg Philipp Telemann"). Research in C.P.E. Bach, Telemann, and their circles.


Elizabeth Hoover. Miami University of Ohio. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2012. Digital Media author for WW Norton. Specializes in music history pedagogy, instructional design, and the assessment of undergraduate music curriculum. Research and teaching in twentieth-century American experimentalism, film, television, and other screen media.


Jeannette DiBernardo Jones. Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross. Ph.D., Boston University, 2019. Previous student representative to Council; current co-chair Music & Disability study group. Research: disability and deaf studies, environmental studies, and musical and historical networks in late-medieval France.


Joseph E. Jones. Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2009 (“Der Rosenkavalier: Genesis, Modelling, and New Aesthetic Paths”). Edited volume: Richard Strauss in Context (Cambridge, 2020), in press. Earlier publications on Wagner, Strauss, and video game music; broader research interests include Viennese cultural history and primary source studies.


César Leal. Gettysburg College. Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2014 (“Re-Thinking Paris at the Fin-de-siècle: A New Vision of Parisian Musical Culture from the Perspective of Gabriel Astruc [1854-1938]”). Co-edited book in progress, articles forthcoming. Colombian-born scholar and conductor with joint appointment and interests in Franco-American and Latin-American cultural identities.


Maureen Mahon. Department of Music, New York University.  Ph.D., New York University, 1997 (anthropology).  Publications: Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race (Duke University Press, 2004) and Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll (forthcoming from Duke University Press, autumn 2020). 


David Metzer. University of British Columbia. Ph.D., Yale University. Recently published with Cambridge University Press (The Ballad in American Popular Music: From Elvis to Beyoncé , 2017) and JAMS (2018). AMS Service: Board of Directors Nominating Committee (2008), Program Committee (2018). Research: twentieth and twenty-first century styles.


Tiffany Ng. University of Michigan. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2015. Research; power, representation, and racialization in public soundscapes. Performer-scholar on the carillon, with a focus on premiering (electro-)acoustic music by underrepresented minority and female-identifying composers. ("Ultimate Parameter Control: The Military-Industrial Idealization and Gendering(s) of the Organ Interface," Keyboard Perspectives, forthcoming)


Sergio Ospina Romero. Universidad de los Andes/Indiana University. PhD, Cornell University (2019). Books: Dolor que canta (2017) and Fonógrafos ambulantes (forthcoming). Article: “Ghosts in the Machine” (JAMS, 2019). Pianist and director of Palonegro, a Latin Jazz ensemble.


Elizabeth Ozment. Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, University of Virginia. PhD, University of Georgia. Prior service: SEM Council and Gender and Sexualities Task Force, SAM Bulletin. Research: American cultural memory.


Robert D. Pearson. Assistant Dean of Professional Development and Career Planning, Laney Graduate School, Emory University. PhD, Brandeis University. Committed to career inclusivity for musicologists. Author of articles on PhD career development in InsideHigherEd. Member of the AMS Committee on Career-Related Initiatives. Research: Beethoven and Donald Francis Tovey. 


Mark A. Pottinger. Associate Professor of Musicology. Chair and Founder of the Music and Theater Department, Manhattan College. Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, 2005. AMS-50 Committee. Publications on Wagner, Berlioz, French opera, Acoustics, and Music Criticism. Winner, Berlin Prize, 2017.


Shana L. Redmond. UCLA. Ph.D., Yale University. Publications: Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora, 2014 and Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson, 2020. Scholar of African American musics, music's function in liberation movements in the African world, nationalism, cultural studies and Black performance.


Will Robin. University of Maryland. Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2016. Research on contemporary music in the United States. Writes regularly for the New York Times and as a public musicologist. Scholarly articles in Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, and Journal of Musicology.


Catherine Saucier. Arizona State University. Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2005. Book: A Paradise of Priests: Singing the Civic and Episcopal Hagiography of Medieval Liège, 2014. Service (recent): AMS Graduate Education Committee, Medieval Academy of America Nominating Committee, Medieval Association of the Pacific Secretary. Research:  liturgical arts, sanctity, civic studies, hermeneutics.


Peter Schmelz. Arizona State University. Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2002.  Publications in JAMS, Journal of Musicology; books: Such Freedom, If Only Musical (ASCAP award); Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso no. 1; Sonic Overload (all OUP). 2017 Berlin Prize, 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. Past Editor, Journal of Musicology. Editor, Russian Music Studies.


Christopher J. Smith.  Texas Tech University. Ph.D., Indiana University. Works in 19th and 20th century American and vernacular musics. Author of The Creolization of American Culture and Dancing Revolution (both Illinois). Editorial team for AMS’s Musicology Now. Directs the Vernacular Music Center. Honored to be nominated for the AMS Council.


Kira Thurman. Assistant Professor of History and German Studies. PhD, University of Rochester, 2013. Articles: JAMS, Journal of World History. Book: Singing like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms (forthcoming, Cornell University Press).


Claudio Vellutini. Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia. Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2015. Forthcoming publication on opera and cultural exchange between Vienna and the Italian States (1815-1848). Publications in 19th-Century MusicCambridge Opera JournalJAMS.