MemberDanielle Shlomit Sofer


2021-               International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR)
2020-              Women in Music Information Retrieval (WiMIR)
2016-               Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI)
2011-               Society for Music Theory (SMT)
2010-        American Musicological Society (AMS)
2020-2021              Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
2019-2021               City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra
2019-2021               Cuore Chamber Choir, Ireland
2020-2021      Honorary member of SEMPRE: Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research
2016-2020       Royal Musical Association (RMA)
2017-2019       Society for American Music (SAM)
2016-2018       Society for Music Analysis (SMA)

Dr. Danielle Sofer (she/her/they/them) is Executive Director of the LGBTQ+ Music Study Groups. Dr. Sofer’s recent publications concern various means of electronic mediation, exploring how gender dynamically cuts across current social justice activism, postcolonial resistances, as well as historical and systemic constitutions of race and sexuality. Such topics feature extensively in a forthcoming monograph, Making Sex Sound: Vectors of Difference in Electronic Music (MIT Press), the first book to explore sexuality in electronic music. A nomad by blood, generations before her moved about East of the Mediterranean, and she’s never lived anywhere longer than 3 years. She was a professor for 10 years – recently quit her job over sexual harassment and bullying – and is now more determined than ever to resist those for whom equality feels like oppression.   A music theorist attuned to gendered hearings and sensitive to cultural context, Dr. Sofer has published on music by Elizabeth Maconchy, Juliana Hodkinson, Alice Shields, Donna Summer, and Barry Truax and on the reception of Adorno’s ‘listening typology’. She completed a PhD with distinction at the Kunstuniversität Graz.   Her volume Elizabeth Maconchy: Music as Impassioned Argument (Universal Edition, 2018), edited with Christa Brüstle, features contributions from the composer’s two daughters, family photos, and a complete list of the composer’s works presented for the first time. Recent articles include an analysis of gender and sexuality in music by Barry Truax (Organised Sound, 2018), and ‘Breaking Silence, Breaching Censorship: “Ongoing Interculturality’” in Alice Shields’s Electronic Opera Apocalypse’, forthcoming in American Music journal, awarded subventions from the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society’s AMS 75 Publication Awards for Young Scholars Endowment of the American Musicological Society, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Danielle graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a BA in music performance (viola and piano) and honours. She holds Master’s degrees from Binghamton University (New York) in piano performance and Stony Brook University (New York) in music history and theory, with a thesis on Prokofiev’s opera The Gambler, a project that brought her to St. Petersburg, Russia as an Erasmus student. Prior to joining the faculty of the Institute for Musical Criticism and Aesthetical Research at the Kunstuniversität Graz, Danielle studied music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an assistant to Brian Hyer. She has presented on sexuality and electronic music on several occasions, including conferences of the International Computer Music Association, The Society for Music Theory, The Society for Musicology in Ireland, and the Feminist Theory and Music conference. As a violist, pianist, and singer, Danielle has performed in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Graz, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and many smaller cities around the globe.  

MemberJonathan Harwell

Jonathan H. Harwell is Head of Collections & Systems at Rollins College, and was previously a librarian at Georgia Southern University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Berry College. He holds an MLIS from The University of Alabama, an MA in Social Science from Georgia Southern University, and a BA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. In his former life, he was a teacher in Albania for two years. His passions include researching the cultural history of Quakers in the American South.

MemberJacob Jett

I employ formal methods to examine issues in the conceptual foundations of information access, organization, and retrieval, especially with regards to web and data semantics. Knowledge representation techniques and modeling exercises, such as ontology development and conceptual modeling, represent a sizable area of overlap in my research.

MemberDonna Arnold

Donna Arnold is the long-time music research librarian at the University of North Texas Music Library, where she serves a diversity of university, local, national, and international patrons. Her work is informed by her own music research interests, which range from Schubert, 17th-century lute music, and Russian Orthodox choral music to American roots music and early jazz.