Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musicology
Ruth Ruggles Akers earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University and a Ph. D. in Historical Musicology from Florida State University. At IU she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society and at FSU received similar recognition from Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honor fraternity. She has been a member of the music faculties at Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Palm Beach County School of the Arts (now the Dreyfoos School). Currently Dr. Akers teaches music history at FSU. As a piano soloist and collaborator, she has presented recitals and lectures in many venues, including the Florida State Music Teachers Association’s annual conferences. Musicological interests include the life and work of American composer Richard Danielpour, the influence of William Shakespeare on both high art- and popular music, and the intersection of entrepreneurship and contemporary music culture as evidenced in the business empire and oeuvre of Jimmy Buffett. For ten years Ruth has served on the board and written the program notes for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Opening Nights Festival (formerly 7 Days).
Professor of Ethnomusicology, Head of World Music Ensembles Program, and Director of Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
Michael Bakan, Professor of Ethnomusicology, Head of Ethnomusicology and World Music, and Director of the Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung Balinese Gamelan, did his undergraduate studies in percussion performance at the University of Toronto (B.Mus. 1985) and his graduate studies in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D. 1993). He is the author of the book World Music: Traditions and Transformations (McGraw-Hill, 2011), which is in its second edition and has been adopted at more than 150 universities and colleges nationwide and internationally; and Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Beleganjur (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which was reviewed in The Times (London) as one of the two “most significant publications on Balinese music in almost half a century.” His other publications include peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters covering a wide range of topics, from the ethnomusicology of autism, Balinese gamelan, and world percussion, to multicultural music education, film music, electronic music technology, and jazz history. He is the series editor of the Focus on World Music book series published by Routledge and directs the Artism music project, a program for children on the autism spectrum and their families that has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and other agencies. Bakan performs regularly with the Latin music group Cuarteto del Sur, is active as a composer of neo-traditional and experimental works for Balinese gamelan, has held offices in the Society for Ethnomusicology and College Music Society, and has been an invited speaker or visiting professor at numerous institutions including Harvard, Yale, the University of Washington, and the Berklee College of Music.
Dr. Bakan maintains a personal website at www.michaelbakan.com.
Professor of Historical Musicology
Charles E. Brewer, Associate Professor of Musicology, received the B.A. degree from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton with a Certificate in Medieval Studies, the M.A. degree from Columbia University, and the Ph.D. degree from the City University of New York. Specializing in medieval and baroque music, his research has appeared in Muzyka, Studia musicologia, Cantus planus, Musica antiqua Europa orientalis, Historical Performance, Music & Letters, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and other specialized publications. He has recently completed the chapter on medieval Latin song and 14th-century French secular song for the Schirmer Performer’s Guide to Early Music and is completing a volume of monophonic Latin song for the Notre Dame Conductus: Opera Omnia series.
In addition, Brewer’s edition of 17th-century violin sonatas from the Kromeriz archives in Moravia has been published in the series, Recent Researches in Music of the Baroque Era (A-R Editions), and a monograph on the 17th-century instrumental music of East Central Europe is forthcoming from Scolar Press. He has received grants from the University of Alabama, Florida State University, the Fulbright/Hays Commission, the Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the International Research and Exchanges Board for research in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Austria, Switzerland and Great Britain.
Dr. Brewer is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Seventeenth-century Music, the International Schütz Society, and the International Musicological Society. Dr. Brewer is currently chair of the American Chapter of the International Heinrich Schütz Society.
Professor of Musicology
Michael Broyles, Professor of Musicology at The Florida State University, specializes in American music and music of the Classic era, especially Beethoven. He is particularly interested in placing American music in American history and culture, and he previously held an appointment as both Distinguished Professor of Music and Professor of American History at Penn State University.
Broyles most recent book, Beethoven in America, examines the ways Beethoven has been viewed, interpreted and used in American society, especially in popular culture. His previous book, a biography written with Denise Von Glahn, Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices (2007), won the Irving Lowens Award from the Society for American Music as the best book on American music for the year. Broyles is the author of five other books, Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music (2004); “Music of the Highest Class”: Elitism and Populism in Antebellum Boston (1992); A Yankee Musician in Europe: the 1837 Journals of Lowell Mason (1990); The Emergence and Evolution of Beethoven’s Heroic Style (1987); and, with Denise Von Glahn of The Florida State University, a critical edition of Leo Ornstein’s Quintette for Piano and Strings, for the series Music in the United States of America (MUSA) (2005). He has published many articles, in journals such as Musical Quarterly, American Music, Nineteenth-Century Music, Music Review, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of the Society for American Music, Beethoven Journal, as well as four in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, and has contributed chapters to several other books.
Dr. Broyles has an M. M. in music theory and a Ph. D. in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin, and he has received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society for American Music, where he is a Past-President.
Assistant Professor of Musicology
Sarah Eyerly, Assistant Professor of Musicology and Director of the Early Music Program, holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology and criticism from the University of California, Davis, a M.M. in historical performance practices from the Mannes College of Music, and a B.A in Music from the Pennsylvania State University. As a Fulbright Fellow to the Netherlands, she studied historical performance practices, including baroque singing, rhetoric, and gesture at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague.
Her research interests include eighteenth-century music, sacred music, performance practice and applied musicology, Native American music, archaeomusicology, sound studies, and the spatial and digital humanities. Her current monograph, How the Moravians Sang Away the Wilderness, explores the role of sound, both musical and non-musical, human and non-human, in creating religious and social identity in the Colonial mission community of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The monograph will be accompanied by a series of digital deep maps, allowing readers to chart the functions and boundaries of sound that shaped life for German, English, Delaware, and Mohican residents of Bethlehem. She is also involved in a collaborative research project on the history and transmission of eighteenth-century hymn manuscripts in the Mohican language from Bethlehem, and other Moravian mission communities. She is very interested in issues of cultural repatriation and language revival among native communities. Other research projects include an article on music and sound in the funeral rites and death-ways of Moravian missions, and a study of the transatlantic transmission of operas by Mozart and the creation of sacred contrafacta of Mozart’s works in communities along the Pennsylvania frontier.
She has previously taught at UCLA and the University of Southern California, and has been appointed as a visiting scholar with UCLA’s Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. She is President of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. She is also actively involved in the American Musicological Society, and has served on the AMS Council, the Council’s Nominating Committee, the Noah Greenberg Award Committee, as well as the Local Arrangements Committee for the national meeting in 2010. She is the AMS Council representative for the Southern Chapter of the AMS. She holds memberships in the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music.
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
Frank Gunderson is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University, and Coordinator of the FSU Musicology area. He received a B.A. from the Evergreen State College (WA), and an M.A. in World Music and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University (CT). He has taught at Ohio University and the University of Michigan, and spent two years teaching in a village secondary school in Kenya. He is an active member of the African Studies Association and the Society for Ethnomusicology, and is currently Film Review Editor for the SEM journalEthnomusicology. He has published articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Africa Today, History and Anthropology, and African Music, and has twice been a guest editor of the journal The World of Music. He is a former music director of KAOS radio in Olympia WA, where he was involved with the NW independent music scene. It was here that he worked with “outsider” musician Travis Roberts, work recently culminating in a film co-directed with Bret Woods, The Human Skab (2012). He has conducted extensive fieldwork in East Africa, and has produced the CD Tanzania: Farmer Composers of North West Tanzania (1997, Multicultural Media), and co-edited with Gregory Barz the book Mashindano!: Competitive Music Performance in East Africa (2000, Mkuki na Nyota Press/African Books Collective LTD, Michigan State University Press). His most recent book “We Never Sleep We Dream of Farming”: Sukuma Labor Songs from Western Tanzania (Brill Academic Press, 2010) was the 2009-2011 winner of the Kwabena Nketia Book Award for best monograph on African music. He is currently working on a book about the social history of rhumba in Tanzania, focusing on the lives and creative work of Hassan Rehani Bitchuka and Muhidin Maalim Gurumo. His research interests include musical repatriation, historical methodology, documentary film, and music and human rights.
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
Margaret Jackson, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, holds the Ph.D. in Musicology and the Doctor of Music in Voice Performance from Florida State University, the Master of Music and Performer’s Certificate in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and the B.A. in German and Philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College. She completed additional studies in German literature at Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg, Germany.
Dr. Jackson is a former American Fellow of the American Association of University Women, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and Deutsch Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) visiting scholar to the University of Cologne, Germany, where she researched musical production among migrant youths in the industrial northern Rhine region. Her work has been rewarded with both the Florida State University Graduate Research and Creativity Award and the Dale Olsen Prize (Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast–Caribbean Chapter). Among her study interests are hip-hop culture, blues, minstrelsy, agitpropaganda theater, music politics in contemporary German society, music and violence, and economic anthropology. She currently serves as a Research Ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service.
Jackson’s stage experience includes performances with operatic, symphonic, and chamber ensembles throughout Germany, Italy, South America, and the United States. Past concert and oratorio solo engagements have included Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Brückner’s F Minor Mass, Saint-Säens’ Weihnachtsoratorium, Brahms’Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Soma’s Gloria a Díos – Trés Canciones and Das Lied eines Liebenden by Kurt Nelson. Her broad performing background in opera and musical theater is reflected in performances with the Folkwang Theater, the Pforzheim Stadttheater, the Rome Festival, Stella AG, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Summerfest, and Florida State Opera, among others. A sought-after recitalist and interpreter of new music, Dr. Jackson has more than forty world and U.S. premieres to her credit.
Jackson’s work has been published in Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century, The Forties in America, The Thirties in America, and Great African-Americans of the Twentieth Century, all with Salem Press, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing. She is a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society, the Internationale Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, the German Studies Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Prior to joining the College of Music faculty, Dr. Jackson served as the Music History Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Voice at Troy University in Alabama.
Warren D. Allen Professor of Music
Douglass Seaton, Warren D. Allen Professor of Music, holds the B. Mus. from The College of Wooster, and M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. His principal research interests are in the music of Felix Mendelssohn, the music of the Enlightenment and Romanticism, and relationships of literature and music. Dr. Seaton’s dissertation dealt with Mendelssohn’s compositional processes. He is the author of The Art Song: A Research and Information Guide, and editor of The Mendelssohn Companion. He has recently published the 4th edition of his music history textbook, Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition (Oxford University Press 2017). He prepared the scholarly editions of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Symphony No. 2), published by Carus-Verlag, and Elijah, published by Bärenreiter. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Musical Quarterly, The Music Review, College Music Symposium, Ars lyrica, and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, among others. Professor Seaton is former President of The College Music Society and has also served on the Council of the American Musicological Society.
Denise Von Glahn
Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology, Director of Center for Music of the Americas, Coordinator of Musicology Area
Denise Von Glahn, Professor of Musicology and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas, came to The Florida State University in 1998. Von Glahn specializes in American music, twentieth-century musical modernism, and nature and place studies with particular interest in the interactions between music and larger social and cultural concerns.
Her book The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape (Northeastern University Press, 2003) looked at fourteen American composers of the high-art tradition who were inspired by America’s iconographic places. It was named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, and won a 2004 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. In 2005, along with Michael Broyles, she published the critical edition of Leo Ornstein’s Quintette for Piano and Strings (1927) as part of A-R Editions’ Music in the United States of America (MUSA) series. Their biography, Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices, was published by Indiana University Press in 2007 and won the 2009 Society for American Music Irving Lowens Memorial Award for the book judged best in the field of American music.
Von Glahn’s scholarship has appeared in numerous collections on topics ranging from Transcendentalism, to the Civil War, to the works of Edgard Varèse. She has published in Musical Quarterly, American Music, the Journal of the Society for American Music (JSAM), twentieth-century music, and Musik-Konzepte. A new book project titled ‘Skilful Listeners’: American Women Composers and Nature, to be published by Indiana University Press, considers the ways a century of composers have responded to the natural environment with their music. The book reflects Von Glahn’s ongoing interest in place and identity studies and the newly emergent field of ecocritical musicology. She is active in the American Musicological Society, and the Society for American Music of which she is currently the Vice President. Dr. Von Glahn has received university teaching awards from the University of Washington and The Florida State University for her undergraduate and graduate teaching.
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