2015 Summer Institute Staff and Lecturers


Institute Co-Directors

Deane Root

Deane is a musicologist, teacher, performer, researcher, author, editor, bibliographer, archivist, librarian, museologist, and administrator for American music. As Director of the Center for American Music and Curator of the Foster Hall Collection at the University of Pittsburgh, Deane has brought one of the largest repositories of musical Americana into the mainstream of academic life through research, teaching, interpretive performance, and conservation of music in the context of its cultural and social roles in the history of the United States of America. Deane is widely known for his work in providing access to information and source materials in American music history. As former chair of the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, Deane has helped promote an integrated curriculum of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, with solid grounding in music research and bibliography skills.

Mariana Whitmer

Mariana is currently Project Director at the Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh, responsible for initiatives related to developing use of the Stephen Foster Collection, bringing American music to scholars and educators. Mariana has consulted on Voices Across Time since early 1999, assisting in the selection of songs, completing the historical research of individual songs, and contributing to the essay and discussion materials. She also has worked with the Department of Education at the University of Pittsburgh in integrating Voices Across Time into the social studies curriculum. Mariana has presented Voices Across Time several times at conferences and seminars. Dedicated to the study of music as it relates to history, she is currently guest editor for a special music issue (July 2005) of the Magazine of History, a publication of the Organization of American Historians.

Institute Staff

Kathryn Miller Haines

Kathy is the Associate Director for the Center for American Music and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Center’s library and museum. She has worked with the Center for American Music since 1994 and provided research, writing, editing, and rights acquisition for Voices Across Time. She has contributed articles on Voices Across Time for a number of publications, has presented Voices Across Time at a number of conferences and seminars, and is the webmaster for the project’s website.


Mark Albright

Mark is a 30-year veteran of the classroom. He has received the Texas Committee for the Humanities “Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities.” the Walmart “Teacher of the Year Award,” and has been a finalist in the “State Farm Good Neighbor Award.”  Mark teaches at St Agnes Academy, A Dominican Community School in Houston, Texas.



Susan Oehler Herrick

Susan is a specialist in the history of African American music and culture, holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology and folklore from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Masters in secondary social studies education from Vanderbilt University. As the former Education Programs Manager at the Rock and Roll Museum and Hall of Fame and Museum (www.rockhall.org), Herrick redesigned inter-disciplinary K-12 level educational programs to meet state standards for learning anchored in the humanities. During her tenure at the museum (2004-2008), the Ohio Council for the Humanities provided support, in part, for the Summer Teacher Institute, which Herrick managed and staffed. Herrick’s decade of teaching experience spans public high school, non-profit, community college, and university settings, where she has engaged learners at all levels in exploring history, language arts, and cultural expression through the study of music and the people who make it.

Jordan Mroziak

Jordan Mroziak is Adjunct Professor of Musicianship at Duquesne University and Coordinator of Student Services in the School of Music. He is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology at Duquesne University with an emphasis on popular culture studies. He designed a new course for the university core curriculum, Rock & Roll: An Unruly History. He designed and teaches courses in Duquesne's City Music Center Music Technology Program , an iPad-based program for middle and high school students. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Duquesne University, Jordan attained a Masters degree in Digital Music Pedagogy and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. He has assisted producer Sean McDonald on various live recording sessions with artists such as Little Richard, Ben E. King, Soul Asylum, and Jesse Malin. Jordan aids in professional development of faculty involving implementations of technology in their pedagogy. He has presented at the ISTE and ATMI conferences on music technology, creative informal pedagogy, the TPACK model, and related topics. Other work includes his participation in Arts Educator 2.0, a professional development project that seeks to aid art teachers in the K-12 field with their usage of technology in the classroom. His informal education project, take pART, recently received grant funding in order to work at various locations in the Pittsburgh area educating youth about digital/physical art creation and media literacy.


Lecturers and Performers

Alexander Bloom

Alex is Professor of History and American Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.  He is the author of Prodigal Sons: The New York Intellectuals and Their World  (1986); co-editor of “Takin’ It to the Streets”: A Sixties Reader  (1995, 2/e 2002); and editor of Long Time Gone: Sixties  America: Then and Now (2001).  He is currently working on a study of the way the Vietnam War experience has shaped American life.


Dale Cockrell

Dale is Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University and Professor of Musicology, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University. He has published widely in the field of American music studies, including Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), which was the recipient of the C. Hugh Holman Award presented by The Society for the Study of Southern Literature; and Excelsior: Journals of the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1842-1846 (Stuyvesant, New York: Pendragon, 1989), which won the Irving Lowens Award. His The Ingalls-Wilder Family Songbook, a scholarly and critical edition of the music in the Little House books was published in 2010. He is also the founder, owner, and president of Pa’s Fiddle Recordings, LLC, a record label dedicated to recording the music referenced in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books so that children and their parents might once again engage and enjoy the magnificence of America’s musical heritage.


Jim Davis

Jim is Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Musicology Area at the School of Music, State University of New York at Fredonia.  His primary research focuses on the music and musicians of the American Civil War.  He has also worked in the areas of music history pedagogy, American popular music of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of bands.

Davis received a BS in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver with an emphasis in scoring and arranging; an MM in composition from the University of Texas; and a PhD in music history and theory from Boston University.

Juan Dies


Juan Díes was raised in San Luis Potosi, Mexico where he first developed a passion for music, learning to play the guitar at age six. At age 18, he migrated to the U.S. and explored new musical styles including jazz, folk, reggae and rock. He majored in Music and Anthropology at Earlham College and received an MA in Folklore/Ethnomusicology from Indiana University. He taught and studied music in Mexico, Spain, and Kenya, served as Director of Community Programs for Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music (1993-2005), and co-founded Sones de Mexico with Victor Pichardo in 1994. He performs mostly on bass and acts as the group’s main narrator; he has contributed some of the arrangements and has produced all of the ensemble’s CDs. He also administrates the business and serves as the ensemble’s Executive Director. Active in the community, Juan has volunteered for the boards of NARAS, Folk Alliance and the CSO, served in various municipal, state and national grant panels, and done independent fieldwork research for the Smithsonian, NEA, Montgomery County Arts Council (MD), and Lowell Folk Festival (MA).


Andrew Flory

Andrew received the B.A. from the City College of New York and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andrew teaches courses in American music at Carleton College in Minnesota, focusing on rock, rhythm and blues, and jazz. He has been invited to speak nationally and internationally at institutions such as the University of Surrey, Princeton University, and the University of Michigan. Andrew has written articles, encyclopedia entries, and reviews on the music of Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, African-American pop singers and balladeers, and Bang On a Can. He has written extensively about American rhythm and blues, and is an expert on the music of Motown. His book, I Hear a Symphony: Listening to the Music of Motown, is forthcoming from The University of Michigan Press. Working directly with Universal Records, Andrew has served as consultant for several recent Motown reissues. He is also co-author of the history of rock textbook What’s that Sound (W.W. Norton).

Garrett Haines

Garrett is the owner of Treelady Studios, a 6,000 square foot recording studio in Pittsburgh, PA. Garrett serves as the Recording Tips Editor for Tape Op Magazine, the third largest recording journal in North America.  He has written over 100 articles on recording hardware, technology, and theory in publications such as EQ Magazine, Drum Magazine, Rockrgrl, The Indie Bible, The Metro Music Guide to Entertainment, and CURB.  He is also a Certified Audio ProTools Operator. Garrett holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity University, and a M.S. in Policy and Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He was an economic development planner for the City of Pittsburgh and the Borough of Wilkinsburg.  Prior to working in government, Garrett was a special education teacher in San Antonio where he instructed learning disabled and emotionally disturbed students.


David and Ginger Hildebrand

David and Ginger present concerts and educational programs throughout the United States for museums, historical societies and sites, as well as at universities for graduate and undergraduate students. They appear frequently at Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon. Their music is featured on movies and television documentaries, including the PBS series "Liberty! The American Revolution," "Rediscovering George Washington," and the C-SPAN Series "American Presidents." Ginger received her Masters in Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and David's Masters and Doctorate are both in Musicology (early American), from George Washington and Catholic Universities, respectively.  Over the past 4 years the Hildebrands have delved deeply in the the background of "The Star-Spangled Banner," producing a 1-hour special for NPR and issuing a music book and CD (their 7th title) on the topic as well. You can visit them online at www.colonialmusic.org.

Alan Jabbour

Alan was born in 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida.  A violinist by early training, he put himself through college at the University of Miami playing classical music. While a graduate student at Duke University in the 1960s, he began documenting oldtime fiddlers in the Upper South.  Documentation turned to apprenticeship, and he relearned the fiddle in the style of the Upper South from musicians like Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, and Tommy Jarrell of Toast, North Carolina.  He taught a repertory of oldtime fiddle tunes to his band, the Hollow Rock String Band, which was an important link in the instrumental music revival in the 1960s. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1968, he taught English, folklore, and ethnomusicology at UCLA in 1968-69.  He then moved to Washington, D.C., for over thirty years of service with Federal cultural agencies.  He was head of the Archive of Folk Song at the Library of Congress 1969-74, director of the folk arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts 1974-76, and director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress 1976-99. Since his retirement, he has turned enthusiastically to a life of writing, consulting, lecturing, and playing the fiddle. Visit his webpage at http://alanjabbour.com.


John Koegel

John Koegel is Professor of Musicology and Graduate Advisor for the School of Music at California State University, Fullerton. He teaches courses and conducts research in American, Mexican, and European musical topics, particularly musical theater and opera, and music in the context of immigration. His book Music in German Immigrant Theater: New York City, 1840-1940 (University of Rochester Press, 2009) was given the Irving Lowens Book Award of the Society for American Music in 2011, and was a Finalist for the Theater Library Association’s 2010 Freedley Award. Opera News (Metropolitan Opera Guild) described it as “Deep-delving. . . . Readable and entertaining. . . . A tour guide down a forgotten byway of the American immigrant experience." In 2013-14, Koegel was the recipient of a year-long Research Fellowship given by the National Endowment for the Humanities for work on his book Mexican Musical Theater in Los Angeles, 1910-1940. In 2013, he served as Catedrático (Chair) of the Cátedra Jesús C. Romero, of the Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical Carlos Chávez, in Mexico City. His articles and reviews appear in journals and dictionaries in the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Britain, such as the Journal of the American Musicological SocietyAmerican MusicLatin-American Music ReviewJournal of the Royal Musical AssociationHistoria MexicanaThe New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and Diccionario de la Música Española e Hispanoamericana. He has served as Book Review Editor for the Journal of the Society for American Music (2010-14), has been a member of the Council of the American Musicological Society, and was Board Member for Musicology for the College Music Society (2011-13). He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for American Music (2013-16), and was a contributing editor for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. (2013).

Timothy Lynch

Tim is a professor of history at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of Strike Songs of the Depression (University of Mississippi Press, 2001), which examines the central role of song writing and singing during three Depression-era strikes in three different industries—the Gastonia, North Carolina textile strike (1929), the Harlan County coal mining strike (1930-31), and the Flint, Michigan automobile sit-down strike (1936-37).   Tim taught  high school for eleven years, after which he entered the doctoral program in History at Miami University (Ohio) where he studied American labor history. His publications also include contributions to the Michigan Historical Review, the Encyclopedia of American Social History, and the Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History.

Scott Sandage

Scott is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of Born Losers: A History of Failure in America (Harvard University Press, 1995) which was awarded Harvard’s annual Wilson Prize, for the best “first book” accepted by the press. Active as a public historian, he has been a consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the National Park Service, an off-Broadway play, and film and radio documentaries.  His study, “A Marble House Divided: The Lincoln Memorial, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Politics of Memory, 1939-1963” (Journal of American History, June 1993) won best article prizes from the Organization of American Historians and from the Eugene V. Debs Foundation.  He edited a one-volume abridgement of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (HarperCollins, 2005) and he is co-editor of the “American History and Culture” book series for New York University Press.


Barbara Tischler

Dr. Barbara L. Tischler is a cum laude graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University, where she completed an honors thesis on “Parody and Transcription in the Lutheran Masses of Johann Sebastian Bach.” A Master of Music degree in Oboe from the Manhattan School of Music and a work as a freelance musician in New York City followed, along with graduate study at Columbia University, where she earned M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in United States History. Tischler has taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, Queens College of the City University of New York, among other schools. In 1986, she published An American Music: the Search for an American Musical Identity (Oxford University Press). Rutgers University Press published Sights on the Sixties in 1992, which was part of her “Perspectives on the Sixties” series. As an administrator, Tischler served as an Assistant Dean and Director of Preprofessional Programs and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. At the Horace Mann School, where she worked from 1997 to 2012, Tischler served as an Associate Director of College Counseling, Associate Dean of Students, Head of the Upper Division, and Director of Curriculum and Professional Development. She has published numerous articles and book reviews on aspects of social, cultural, women’s and labor history. For eight years, she and her husband ran the New York Giants Youth Baseball organization to provide athletic and academic opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Most recently, Tischler served as the Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs at the Trinity School and Interim Director of the Upper School at the Buckley School. She has visited schools and participated in seminars on multiculturalism and peace studies in Guatemala, South Africa, and Colombia with Global Connections. She is currently the new Head of School at the Speyer Legacy School in Manhattan.


Josephine Wright

Josephine Wright is the Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Africana Studies, Professor of Music, and Chair of Africana Studies at Wooster College.  She is an expert in African-American music, American music, women in music, and Western music history. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri, a Master of Music degree from the Pius XII Academy in Florence, Italy, a Master of Arts degree from Missouri, and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University. She has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, dictionaries, and encyclopedias of music, and authored several books, including "Images," an iconography of music in African-American culture from the 1770s to the 1920s, which she wrote with Eileen Southern. She also served as the editor of American Music, the journal of the Society of American Music, from 1994 to 1997.


Mina Yang

Since receiving her Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University, Mina Yang has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory, University of California San Diego, and University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and is currently an assistant professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. In addition to contributing articles to numerous scholarly journals and encyclopedias, Yang has published two books, California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Planet Beethoven: Classical Music at the Turn of the Millennium (Wesleyan University Press, 2014), selected by the New Yorker music critic Alex Ross as one of the outstanding music books of 2014. Yang has also served as a consultant for the Center for American Music, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Walt Disney Animation Studios. 



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