MemberSam Crawford

Experienced Librarian with a demonstrated history of working in higher education and the arts. Skilled in various areas of information work, music (voice, composition / theory, musicology), and visual art, with a special interest in the avant-garde and experimental art forms. Other research / professional interests include: music bibliography, discography, music copyright, critical librarianship, queer studies, film studies, music of the 20th + 21st centuries (specifically minimalism), choral music of northern and eastern Europe, American opera and art song, and popular music (e.g., “Rock”) studies.

MemberNate Ruechel

I am a PhD student in historical musicology at Florida State University. Broadly conceived, my research interests include 20th and 21st century American music culture, the ethics of historiography, and the overlap between structures of authority, political discourse, and aesthetic significance. My master’s thesis centers on Aaron Copland’s early symphonic jazz in the context of his transnational musical training and unique social position.

MemberMisha Penton

I’m a soprano, experimental vocal composer, and performance creator. I invent and performs solo and collaborative (post)opera and new music works; and my projects blossom in many forms: live performances, audio and video works, site specific / installation pieces, and writings. My research explores feminist myth and fairytale, and reimagines Romanticism in the 21st century. In a return to academia, I’m currently a PhD in music and voice at Bath Spa University, UK.

MemberSamuel Zerin

Samuel Zerin is a musicologist, music theorist, composer, and pianist.  He is a chief editor of the International Journal of the Study of Music and Musical Performance (forthcoming) and has held teaching positions at New York University and Brown University.

His PhD dissertation, for defense in April 2018 at New York University, is the first critical biography of the Russian-Jewish violinist and composer Joseph Achron (1886-1943) and a theoretical investigation of late Romantic paradigms surrounding child prodigies and performer-composers. His research on music of the long 19th century focuses primarily on virtuosity, transcription, and supernatural creatures.  He is a specialist in early 20th century Jewish musical nationalism, and has broader analytical interests in 21st century Yiddish pop songs and Disney music.

In 2010, he founded the Joseph Achron Society, working together with musicians and scholars from over a dozen countries to revive the forgotten legacy of this brilliant musician.  In this role, he has been editing and publishing first editions of Achron’s manuscript works, in addition to networking musicians and fundraising.  He has also worked as a music archivist, creating an online archive of rare Jewish classical scores at the website of the American Society for Jewish Music and processing, sorting, and cataloguing thousands of manuscripts, published scores, and other archival music documents at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College.

Zerin is also an amateur polyglot, with particularly strong interests in Yiddish, Russian, and the Scandinavian languages.

MemberBrian Christopher Thompson

I am a musicologist and librarian-archivist. I teach courses on music history, film music, and music pedagogy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining CUHK, I was employed by Naxos International, the University of Hong Kong, McGill University, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Much of my work concerns music and migration, especially transatlantic migration in the nineteenth century. As a film music scholar, I am interested in how composers adapt the conventions of the past, and how subtexts can be created through diegetic music.