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AMS Elections 2019

Officers and members of the Board of Directors are elected each year according to the procedures set forth in the Society’s bylaws. In 2019, the board presents to the membership two candidates for president and secretary and six candidates for director-at-large (two officers and three directors are to be elected). The balloting is electronic and available via this web page; a paper ballot may be obtained from the office upon request. Voting closes 1 May. Results are announced in early June. Responsibilities of board officers and members are outlined in the bylaws and handbook (available at the website), and include managing all Society policies and procedures as well as all its fiduciary obligations. 

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Biographical information for each candidate appears below.

Candidates for President

Danielle Fosler-Lussier 

Professor of Music, Ohio State University

Degrees: PhD, UC Berkeley, 1999; BA, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1991

Research areas: Musical diplomacy; Cold War politics; women in U.S. musical organizations

Publications: Music in America’s Cold War Diplomacy (California, 2015); Database of Cultural Presentations, (2015); “Music Pushed, Music Pulled: Cultural Diplomacy, Globalization, and Imperialism,” Diplomatic History (2012); “Cultural Diplomacy as Cultural Globalization: The University of Michigan Jazz Band in Latin America,” JSAM (2010); Music Divided: Bartók’s Legacy in Cold War Culture (California,

Awards: Ohio State Univ. Libraries, TOME Open Monograph Initiative Subvention (2018); AMS Publication Subvention (2014); NEH Fellowship (2011–12); Princeton Society of Fellows (2000–03); AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (1998–99)

Administrative experience: Society for American Music Board of Directors (2016–19); Area Head for Musicology, Ohio State Univ. (2014–16)

AMS activities: Board of Directors (2016–18); Slim Award Committee (2013–15; Chair, 2015); Council Committee on Corresponding and Honorary Members (2011); Council (2008–10); Cold War and Music Study Group, founding member; elected Member-at-Large (2006–09)


Steve Swayne 

Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor of Music, Dartmouth College

Degrees: PhD, UC Berkeley, 1999; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1984; AB, Occidental College, 1978

Research areas: 20th-century American music; musical theater and opera; music, neuroscience, and ethics

Publications: “A Tale of 2 Cultures: We Live in a Stadium, but Need a Sanctuary,” Pacific Standard (2014); Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America’s Musical Life (Oxford, 2011); “William Schuman, World War II, and the Pulitzer Prize,” MQ 89 (2006); How Sondheim Found His Sound (Michigan, 2005); “Sondheim’s Piano Sonata,” JRMA (2002)

Awards: ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards, Nicolas Slominsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the Concert Music Field (2012); NEH Fellowship (2008–09); Music Library Assoc., Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music (2008); AMS Publication Subvention (2004); Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from Underrepresented Groups (2002–03)

Administrative experience: Interim director, Montgomery Fellows Program, Dartmouth (2019); chair, Music  department, Dartmouth (2013–16); Director of Campus Ministries, Seattle Pacific University (1986–90)

AMS activities: Council Secretary, Board of Directors (2015–19); JAMS Editorial Board (2011–15); Performance Committee (2011–14; Chair, 2013); Council (2009–12)


Candidates for Secretary


Professor of Music, Hamilton College

Degrees: PhD, Univ. of Minnesota, 1989; MA, Univ. of Minnesota, 1983; BMusEd, Texas Lutheran Univ., 1979

Research areas: Dolly Parton; folk and traditional musics in the US; gender and Southern Appalachian music; the history of the banjo; early music revivals in the US in the early 20th century

Publications: Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton (Illinois, forthcoming); “Within Sight: Three-Dimensional Perspectives on Women and Banjos in the Late Nineteenth Century,” NCM (2007); “Peggy Seeger: From Traditional Folksinger to Contemporary Songwriter,” in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Worlds: Innovation and Tradition in Twentieth-Century American Music, ed. Hisama and Allen (Rochester, 2007); “A Resisting Performance of a Traditional Appalachian Murder Ballad: Giving Voice to ‘Pretty Polly,’” Women & Music (2005); co-ed. (with E. Barkin), Audible Traces: Gender, Identity, and Music (Carciofoli, 1999)

Awards: Hamilton College: Samuel & Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2013); Class of 1962 Outstanding Teaching Award (2007); Class of 1963 Faculty Fellowship (2001; 2010); Hamilton College Kirkland Endowment Course Development Grant (1991); ACLS Travel Grant to International Conferences (1990)

Administrative experience: Society for American Music, Program Committee (2015–16; Chair, 2016); Society for American Music, Service and Awards Committee (2018–21); Hamilton College, Faculty Chair (2012–14); Feminist Theory & Music Conference (inaugural program chair, 1991; co-chair, 2013); Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, editorial board (1995–99)

AMS activities: President, New York State-St. Lawrence Chapter (2014–16); NYSSL program committee (2018; Chair, 1994 & 2012); Founding co-chair, LGBTQ Study Group (1990–96); Council (1996–99); Chair, Philip
Brett Award Committee (1997–98)



Professor of Musicology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Degrees: PhD, Brandeis Univ., 1992; MA, Tufts Univ., 1986; BM, Boston Conservatory, 1975

Research areas: 19th-century Italian opera; music in Victorian Britain; reception history; music and politics; text criticism

Publications: co-ed. (with C. Bashford), The Idea of Art Music in a Commercial World, 1800–1930 (Boydell, 2016); The Politics of Verdi’s ‘Cantica’ (Royal Musical Association Monographs, 2014); “Idealizing the Prima Donna in
Mid-Victorian London,” in The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. R. Cowgill & H. Poriss (Oxford, 2012); Verdi the Student–Verdi the Teacher (Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani, 2010); “Verdian Opera Burlesqued: A Glimpse into Mid-Victorian Theatrical Culture,” COJ (2003)

Awards: NEH Summer Stipends (1993, 2003, 2010), Fellowship (2004–05); American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants (1992, 2007); Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship (2003–04); Howard Foundation Fellowship
(2002–03); Fulbright Fellowships (1988, 1993)

Administrative experience: Chair, Dept. of Music & Dance, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (2016–present); Associate Dean, International Programs, Univ. of Iowa (2010–12); Associate General Editor (2006–present) and Editorial Board (2014–present), The Works of Giuseppe Verdi; Director, Opera Studies Forum, Univ. of Iowa (1999–2016); Board of Directors, North American British Music Studies Association (2010–12) 

AMS activities: Publications Committee (2015–present); Program Committee (2011); Pisk Prize Committee (2007–09; Chair, 2009); Board Nominating Committee (2005); Committee on Career-Related Issues (1997–2001; Chair, 2000–01)


Candidates for Director at Large


Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Music, Vanderbilt University 

Degrees: PhD, Duke Univ., 1999; MMus, Univ. of Illinois, 1992; BMus, Baylor Univ., 1988 

Research areas: Cold War cultural politics; 20th- and 21st-century opera; Schoenberg; Brecht; digital humanities

Publications: “Genre Designation as Ambiguating Force: Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway as Opera,” Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (2018); “Noise and Arnold Schoenberg’s 1913 Scandal Concert,” Journal of Austrian Studies (2017); “Music in Avant-Garde Magazines,” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (2017); Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe (California, 2014); Brecht at the Opera (California, 2008)

Awards: NEH (Institute Instructor, 2018; Summer Stipend, 2005); Exceptional Book in Jewish Studies and Music, AMS Jewish Studies and Music Study Group (2015); ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship (2009–10); Howard Fellowship (2008–09); American Academy in Berlin Fellowship (2005)

Administrative experience: Vanderbilt Univ.: Director, Max Kade Center for European and German Studies (2013–16), Director of Undergraduate Studies, European Studies (2013–16); German Studies Assn.: Executive Board (2014–16), Co-coordinator, Music and Sound Studies Network (2012–16); Modern Languages Assn.: Executive Committee, Discussion Group on Opera (2012–16)

AMS activities: Editor-in-Chief, JAMS (2017–19); Einstein Award Committee (2013–15); Chair, Cold War and Music Study Group (2010–12); Council Nominating Committee (2011); Annual Meeting Program Committee (2009)



Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of Music, Harvard University (until July 2019); Associate Professor and Chair of Music, Brown University (after July 2019)

Degrees: PhD, Cornell Univ., 2006; MA, Cornell Univ., 2003; BA, Univ. of Minnesota, 1999 

Research areas: 18th- and 19th-century music; instruments; aesthetics; technology; history of science

Publications: co-ed. (with A. Rehding), The Oxford Handbook of Timbre (Oxford, 2019); “Music as an Object of Natural History,” in Sound Knowledge, ed. Davies and Lockhart (Chicago, 2017); ed., Vocal Organologies and Philologies (Opera Quarterly 33, no. 3–4, 2017); The Orchestral Revolution: Haydn and the Technologies of Timbre (Cambridge, 2013); “Toward a Musicology of Interfaces,” Keyboard Perspectives (2013)

Awards: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow (2009–10); Penn Humanities Forum, Faculty Fellow (2008–09); Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Grant (2008); Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (2005)

Administrative experience: Harvard Univ., Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2018–19; Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching Grant Committee (2017–18); Univ. of Pennsylvania: Undergraduate Chair (2013–14), College House Fellow (2012–14), Penn Humanities Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee (2007–09; 2012–14)

AMS activities: Program Committee (2018); Pisk Prize Committee (2015–17; Chair, 2017); JAMS Editorial Board (2017–present); Council Nominating Committee (2012); Council (2010–12) 



Professor of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles 

Degrees: PhD, UC San Diego, 2008; MFA, CalArts, 2001; BM, Conservatory of Agder, Norway, 1999

Research areas: Critical race studies; voice studies; sound studies; American studies; 20th- and 21st-century music

Publications: co-ed. (with K. Meizel), The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies (Oxford, forthcoming); The Race of Sound: Listening, Timbre, and Vocality in African American Music (Duke, 2019); “Maria Callas’s Waistline and the Organology of Voice,” OQ (2017); Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (Duke, 2015); “Marian Anderson and ‘Sonic Blackness’ in American Opera,” American Quarterly (2011)

Awards: ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship (2015–16); The UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities (2015–16); Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship (2011–12); Cornell Univ., Society for the Humanities (2011–12); UC Humanities Research Center Residency Research Group (2011)

Administrative experience: UCLA, Dept. of Musicology, Director of Graduate Studies (2018–19); UCLA, Alpert School of Music: Director of Postdoctoral Fellowships Program  (2017–present), Special Assistant to the Dean (2017–19),  Associate Dean (2016–17); UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Board of Directors (2017–19)

AMS activities: Co-chair, Committee on Race and Ethnicity (2018–21); Council (2017–20); Committee on Cultural Diversity (2013–15)



Professor of Musicology, University of Michigan

Degrees: PhD, UCLA, 2004; MA, UCLA, 2000; BM, Columbia Univ., 1998

Research areas: United States; 20th and 21st centuries; jazz; popular music; cultural theory

Publications: ed., The Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edn (2014); “Pranksta Rap: Humor as Difference in Hip-Hop,” in Rethinking Difference in Music Scholarship (Cambridge, 2015); co-ed. (with Ake and Goldmark), Jazz/Not  Jazz: The Music and its Boundaries (California, 2012); Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music and the Twentieth Century (California, 2008); “Chinatown, Whose Chinatown? Defining America’s Borders with Musical Orientalism,” JAMS (2004)

Awards: University of Michigan, Faculty Recognition Award (2014); Prose Award for Best Multivolume Reference Work in Humanities and Social Sciences (2013); Society for American Music, Irving Lowens Memorial Book Award (2008); Society for American Music, Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award (2008); Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (2003)

Administrative experience: President, Society for American Music (2015–17); Chair, Department of Musicology, University of Michigan (2014–16); Member, Board of Trustees, Society for American Music (2008–11)

AMS activities: Publications Committee (2017–20); Membership and Development Committee (2013–16); Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship Committee (2009–2013; Chair, 2010–13); Corresponding and Honorary Members Committee (2009); Council (2007–9)



Professor of Music, Mills College 

Degrees: PhD, UC Berkeley, 2003; MA, Univ. of Oxford, 2000; MMus, King’s College London, 1996; BA, Univ. of Oxford, 1995

Research areas: 20th-century British music; Indian music and Indian music in the West, 19th and 20th centuries; postcolonialism; migration; women and gender

Publications: “The Musicking Body: Maud MacCarthy,” in The Music Road: Coherence and Diversity in Music from the Mediterranean to India, ed. R. Strohm (Proceedings of the British Academy, forthcoming); “An Imperial Leitmotif: Elgar’s Pageant of Empire,” in Exhibiting the Empire: Cultures of Display and the British Empire, ed. J. McAleer and J. MacKenzie (Manchester, 2015); Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination, 1897–1947 (Oxford, 2014) 

Awards: Frederick A. Rice Professorship, Mills College: Endowed Chair (2015–18); BBC Music Magazine’s Book of the Month (for Resonances of the Raj, Nov., 2014); Meg Quigley Women’s Studies Research Fellowship, Mills College (2011–12); National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Honorary Lifetime Award: Distinguished Member (2012); Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship (2001–02)

Administrative experience: Chair, Music Department, Mills College (2016–18); Advisor, Society for Asian Art, San Francisco (2013–present); Co-chair, Diversity and Social Justice Committee, Mills College (2009–12); Fulbright Scholarship election Committee, Mills College (2011–present)

AMS activities: Kinkeldey Award Committee (2019–21); Chair, Council Nominating Committee (2018); Committee on Cultural Diversity (2015–18); Council (2015–2018)



Professor of Music, Cornell University

Degrees: PhD, Ohio State Univ., 2003; MMus, Univ. of North Texas, 1999; MFA, SUNY-Purchase, 1995; BM, Boston Conservatory, 1992

Research areas: Latinx music; long twentieth century; masculinities; neoliberalism; postnationalism 

Publications: In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13 (Oxford, 2015); co-auth. (with R. Moore), Danzón. Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance (Oxford, 2013); ed., Transnational Encounters. Music and Performance at the U.S.-Mexico Border (Oxford, 2011); Sounds of the Modern Nation. Music, Culture and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (Temple, 2009); Nor-Tec Rifa! Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World (Oxford, 2008)

Awards: Dent Medal (2017); AMS Robert Stevenson Award (2014, 2016); ASCAP Béla Bartók Award (2014); AMS Ruth Solie Award (2012); IASPM Woody Guthrie Book Award (2009)

Administrative experience: Co-Editor, Twentieth-Century Music (Cambridge, 2019–present); Series Editor, Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music (Oxford, 2015–present); Cornell Univ.: College of Arts and Sciences, Academic Records Committee (2017–18), Budget Advisory Committee (2015); Dept. of Music, Director of Undergraduate Studies (2016–18)

AMS activities: Chair, Board Nominating Committee (2019); Committee on Honorary and Corresponding Members (2017); Committee on the Status of Race and Ethnicity in the Profession (2016–17); Council (2015–18); Solie Award Committee (2015–17; Chair 2017)

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