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Emily Margot Gale

Emily Margot GaleEmily Margot Gale is an interdisciplinary music scholar with interests in North American popular music spanning the eighteenth century through to the present. Her work touches on diverse music from Thomas Jefferson’s music collection to smooth jazz. Her book in progress, Sentimental Songs for Sentimental People, explores intersections between American popular song and sentimentalism, specifically in the sentimental ballads of the long nineteenth century; the National Barn Dance, an early radio show from Chicago; Mitch Miller’s 1960s television show Sing Along with Mitch; and 1970s soft rock. Dr. Gale has presented her research at national and international conferences. Her article on citizenship, sentimentality, and settler colonialism in Canadian composer Calixa Lavallée’s nineteenth-century operetta The Indian Question was published in the Winter 2016 issue of The Opera Quarterly. Her ongoing research on Mitch Miller was supported by a research fellowship from the New York Public Library in 2015.

Dr. Gale was a student in Kwantlen’s Music Program from 1999-2001. She earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa in 2005 and an M.A. in Music Theory from the University of Western Ontario in 2007. After spending a year in the inaugural class of Western’s M.A. in Popular Music and Culture (2007-08), she entered the Critical and Comparative Studies in the Music program at the University of Virginia where she completed her Ph.D. in 2014.

Currently, Dr. Gale is a lecturer in the Global Arts Studies Program at the University of California, Merced, where she teaches courses on popular music, art music, and gender and sexuality studies. A singer, pianist, and melodica player, she has performed with new music ensembles, rock bands, and as a soloist. She has also served on the leadership team for community arts engagement programs and has curated concerts and other arts events.

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