I am an editor, musicologist, adjunct professor, and church musician, among other things. My last name is pronounced “mar,” and I use she/her pronouns. You can find me on Twitter at @MaherEK.
I received my Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016, where I completed my dissertation as an AAUW American Fellow. I also have a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Moravian College, and after taking a long break from composing during graduate school, I returned to writing music for church use. I currently teach at Delaware Valley University, and I have also taught at West Chester University.
I got my start in academic editing as a graduate student, when I served as editorial assistant for the Journal of the American Musicological Society. In 2019, I completed the Introduction to Professional Academic Editing course from Ideas On Fire, and I have since pursued further training through the Editorial Freelancers Association.
I have presented my research at regional, national, and international conferences, including meetings of the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society. My publications include an article on Agnes de Mille’s ballet Black Ritual (Musical Quarterly, Fall 2014) and the annotated bibliography on Darius Milhaud for Oxford Bibliographies in Music (2017).
I am a long-time member of Central Baptist Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where I sing in the choir, play flute in the contemporary band, participate in worship planning, and help to process and manage the church archives.
Like many academics, I have some trouble with the concept of work-life balance (???), but some things I enjoy include solving crossword puzzles, watching drum and bugle corps, and participating in National Novel Writing Month.