Erin K. Maher

October 2017



Ph.D. in Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)

Dissertation: “Darius Milhaud in the United States, 1940–71: Transatlantic Constructions of Musical Identity” (Advisor: Annegret Fauser)

M.A. in Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011)

Thesis: “The Amplification Controversy in Drum Corps International: Technological Change and the Meaning of Tradition” (Advisor: Mark Katz)

B.M. in Music Composition, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA (2008)

summa cum laude, Honors in Music

Academic Employment

Adjunct Instructor, Delaware Valley University (Doylestown, PA), Department of Liberal Arts (2016– )


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Darius Milhaud.” Oxford Bibliographies in Music, edited by Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, 27 April 2017.

“Ballet, Race, and Agnes de Mille’s Black Ritual.” The Musical Quarterly 97, no. 3 (2014): 390–428.

Book Reviews

Review of John Kirkpatrick, American Music, and the Printed Page by Drew Massey. Bulletin of the Society for American Music 43, no. 2 (Spring 2017).

Review of Music and the Spiritual: Composers and Politics in the 20th Century by Antony Copley. Modern & Contemporary France 21, no. 1 (2013): 111–12.

Conference Presentations

“‘Satie Would Have Murdered Him’: John Cage, Darius Milhaud, and the Contested Legacy of Erik Satie.” Society for American Music, March 2018, Kansas City, MO.

“‘Through My California Window’: Darius Milhaud in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1940–1971.” French Musicians and the Conquest of North America: Musical Travels and Cultural Politics, July 2017, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK.

“The Lens of Disability in Darius Milhaud’s Postwar U.S. Reception.” American Musicological Society, November 2016, Vancouver, Canada.

“The Composer’s Wife: Madeleine Milhaud in the United States.” Society for American Music, March 2016, Boston, MA.

“Fashioning an Auxiliary Identity: Madeleine Milhaud, Wife of the Composer.” Feminism Here and Now: An Interdisciplinary Conversation, November 2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Becoming a Transatlantic Composer: Darius Milhaud at the End of Exile.” American Musicological Society, November 2014, Milwaukee, WI.

“Darius Milhaud’s David in Jerusalem and Los Angeles.” Jewish Music and Jewish Identity, October 2014, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH.

Opus Americanum: Darius Milhaud Encounters the American Music Business.” Society for American Music, March 2014, Lancaster, PA.

“Redefining Ballet: Race and Genre in the Reception of Agnes de Mille’s Black Ritual.” American Musicological Society – Southeast Chapter, April 2013, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Voilà le véritable Manuel: The ‘French Self’ in Manuel de Falla’s Trois mélodies.” American Musicological Society – Southeast Chapter, March 2011, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.

Research Interests

Twentieth-century concert-music culture, Franco-American musical networks, composers’ late careers, transnationalism, exile and migration, music and disability, Jewish music, biography and autobiography, reception histories, music historiography

Teaching Interests

Classical music in contemporary culture, diversity in classical music, women in music, music and identity, music and ethics, covers and adaptations, discourses of taste and authenticity, historical and contemporary primary sources

Courses Taught

Delaware Valley University (Doylestown, PA)

Introduction to the Fine Arts: Music (Fall 2016– )

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Introduction to World Musics (Carolina Courses Online, Spring 2015)

Introduction to Country Music (Carolina Courses Online, co-instructor, Spring 2015)

Introduction to Women and Music (Summer School, Summer 2014)

Courses Assisted

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Recitation Leader

Taught weekly recitation sections, graded papers and tests.

Introduction to World Musics (Spring 2014)

Musicianship Skills II (Spring 2012)

Great Musical Works (Fall 2010)

Teaching Assistant

Graded papers and tests, gave occasional guest lectures.

Introduction to Rock Music (Fall 2014)

The Sounds of War and Revolution Since 1750 (Fall 2012)

Introduction to Jazz (Spring/Fall 2011)

Introduction to Country Music (Spring 2010)

Fundamentals of Music (Fall 2009)

External Awards and Fellowships

American Association of University Women, American Dissertation Fellowship (2015–16)

Oxford Bibliographies, Graduate Student Article Award (2014)

American Musicological Society, M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet Travel Fund for Research in France (2013)

Paul Sacher Foundation, Research Scholarship (2012)

Internal Awards and Fellowships

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Graduate School – Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship (2012)

Carolina Center for Jewish Studies – Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant (2012)

Department of Music – James W. Pruett Summer Research Fellowship in Music at the Library of Congress (2011)

Department of Music – Teaching Assistantship (2010–12, 2014)

Graduate School – University Merit Assistantship (2009–10)

Moravian College

Judith Green Memorial Prize for Excellence in Music Scholarship (2008)

Comenius Medallion Scholarship (2004–08)

Professional Service

Organizing and Program Committee, Creative Women at the end of the First World War: Endings and New Beginnings (University of Guelph, October 2018)

Technology Committee, Department of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2014–16)

Editorial Assistant, Journal of the American Musicological Society (2012–13)

Carolina Symposia in Music and Culture Committee, Department of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012–13)

Music Library Committee, Department of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011–12)

Other Related Experience

Interim Choir Director, Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA (2017– )

Archivist, Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA (2017– )

Assistant Editor, (2014)

Intern, Library of Congress Music Division, Acquisitions & Processing (2011)

Peer Tutor, Diatonic and Chromatic Harmony, Moravian College Department of Music (2006–08)


French: Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking; translation experience; regular use in research.

Spanish: Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking; translation experience; occasional use in research.

Italian: Intermediate reading knowledge.

Portuguese: Intermediate reading knowledge.

German: Elementary reading knowledge.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of University Women

American Musicological Society

Society for American Music