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The Music of America: Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors


Dr. Crawford is the Hans T. David Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, where he has taught for more than four decades at Michigan. His books include The American Musical Landscape (Berkeley, 1993; 2000), America's Musical Life: A History (New York, 2001), and An Introduction to America's Music (2001). Now working on a study of the life and music of George Gershwin, he is editor-in-chief of Music of the United States of America (MUSA), a national series of scholarly editions organized by the American Musicological Society. Dr. Richard Crawford has helped to shape the scholarly directions of American musicology for more than forty years, beginning with his invaluable studies on sacred music of the 18th and 19th centuries, continuing through his shift in focus toward 20th-century jazz and popular music, and spreading even further via the scores of students he has trained.


Dr. Ancelet is Professor of French, heading The Willis Granger and Tom Debaillon/BORSF Professorship in Francophone Studies I and Research Fellow, Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has published six books - Cajun and Creole Folktales: The French Oral Tradition of South Louisiana; Cajun Country, Folklife in the South; The Makers of Cajun Music / Musiciens cadiens et creoles; Cajun and Creole Music Makers; Cajun Music: Origins and Development; Capitaine, voyage ton flag! The Traditional Cajun Country Mardi Gras.


Dr. Bohlman is the Mary Werkman Professor of the Humanities and of Music and Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. His teaching and courses cover a broad range, with special interests in music and modernity, folk and popular music in North America and Europe, Jewish music, music of the Middle East and South Asia, music and religion, and music at the encounter with racism and colonialism. He is the author of The Study of Folk Music in the Modern World and of articles in numerous journals and encyclopedias. Among his most recent publications are World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002), The Music of European Nationalism (ABC-CLIO, 2004), "Jüdische Musik" - Eine Mitteleuropäische Geistesgeschichte (Böhlau, 2005), and Jewish Music and Modernity (AMS Studies in Music, 2006).


Dr. DjeDje is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Chair and Director of the Ethnomusicology Archive at UCLA. DjeDje is the author of Distribution of the One String Fiddle in West Africa, American Black Spiritual and Gospel Songs from Southeast Georgia: A Comparative Study, and Black Religious Music from Southeast Georgia (a recording with accompanying booklet). She is editor of Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music, a collection of essays published in conjunction with three Los Angeles museum exhibitions on African and African-derived music; principal editor of African Musicology (two volumes) and co-editor of Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology and California Soul: Music of African-Americans in the West. Dr. DjeDje is former president of the Southern California Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and second vice president of the Society for Ethnomusicology


Dr. Ferris is the Senior Associate Director at the Center for the Study of the American South, the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History; and Adjunct Professor in the Curriculum in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His works include 10 Books: Blues from the Delta, Mississippi Black Folklore, Folk Music and Modern Sound; Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Co-ed. with C. Wilson), and others. They include 16 Films: Mississippi Delta Blues; Black Delta Religion; Fanny Bell Chapman: Gospel Singer; Two Black Churches; I Ain't Lying; Mississippi Blues and others. He is author of over 100 publications in fields of folklore, American literature, fiction, and photography.


Dr. Hasse is Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. He was founding Executive Director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; author of Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington, and editor of Jazz: The First Century. At the Smithsonian, Hasse was co-Director of America's Jazz Heritage and curated the traveling exhibition Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington and co-curated the exhibition Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song He is editor of Ragtime: Its History, Composers, and Music; producer-annotator of the two-CD set Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington; and producer author of the book and three disc set The Classic Hoagy Carmichael.


Dr. Charlotte Heth served formerly as the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian; and as Professor of Ethnomusicology, Chairman of the Department of Ethnomusicology, and Assistant Dean for the School of Arts and Architecture at UCLA. She has been President for the Society of Ethnomusicology and produced numerous audio and video recordings on Native American music and culture, contributing collections such as the UCLA Ethnomusicology. She is the author of numerous publications, among them: Native American Dance: Ceremonies and Social Traditions (1992).


David and Ginger Hildebrand are founders of the Colonial Music Institute, which interprets early American music on appropriate reproduction instruments. David Hildebrand teaches at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and is engaged in extensive scholarly and educational activities. Virginia Hildebrand, with degrees from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins and Dickinson College, specializes in performance. They have worked with major public television documentaries: Liberty! -- the American Revolution and Jefferson: A View from the Mountain, as well as the C-Span series The American Presidents; Rediscovering George Washington.


Dr. Jones is the Truman Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University, with degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Delaware. Her major research interests are: American southern and women's history, labor and Civil War. Among her many works are: Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States; A Social History of the Laboring Classes from Colonial Times to the Present; American Work: Four Centuries of Black and White Labor; The Dispossessed: American's Underclasses from the Civil War to the Present; Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work and the Family from Slavery to the Present; Soldiers of Light and Love: Northern Teachers and Georgia Blacks, 1865-1873


Dr. Levine is an Associate Professor at Colorado College where she teaches Ethnomusicology and Southwest studies. A specialist in Native American musical cultures, she also conducted research on Latino music in the U.S. and is an active performer of Balinese music.


Dr. Nicholls is a Professor of Music at Cambridge University, UK. Dr. Nicholls is author of American Experimental Music, 1890-1940 (CUP, 1990) and a musical biography of John Cage (UIP, 2007). He is contributing editor of The Whole World of Music: A Henry Cowell Symposium (Harwood, 1997), The Cambridge History of American Music (CUP, 1998), and the Cambridge Companion to John Cage (CUP, 2002), and has also written articles and book chapters on a wide variety of contemporary American topics.


Dr. Peña is Professor of Ethnomusicology at University of California, Fresno and specialist in music of the American southwest and Texas-Mexican Conjunto music. He is the author of The Texas-Mexican Conjunto: History of a Working-Class Music.


Dr. Anthony Seeger is Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, with degrees from Harvard and the University of Chicago. He has served as the Curator of the Folkways Collection and Director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Office of Folklife Programs, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. A member of the influential Seeger Family (Dr. Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Mike Seeger), His uncle, the celebrated Pete Seeger, taught millions to sing protest songs.