Nominees for the Upcoming 2018 Election

For Vice President



Christina Baade (incumbent)

I am honored to stand for re-election as Vice President of SAM because I think it is one of the most exciting societies for engaging in conversations that bridge a diversity of musical genres, cultures, and approaches; I appreciate the hard work of longstanding and past members to build it into a vibrant and welcoming organization; and I deeply appreciate how friendly, inclusive, and intellectually open its members have long striven to be. I look forward to continuing to work on advancing inclusivity and diversity within the society, which includes helping SAM be a place that supports of all its members, regardless of their employment status. Indeed, I have come to believe all the more strongly that grappling with the changing nature of academic employment is crucial to sustaining the society into the future and making the case for the value of the work that we do.

For Treasurer



Maribeth Clark (incumbent)

At New College of Florida, where I am Associate Professor of Music, I gained experience with planning and budgets through administrative roles (chair, Division of Humanities 2004-2006; Associate Provost 2006-2010). My work for SAM began with an Americanist topic of research (professional whistlers) that drew me to the Society. I attended my first meeting in Cincinnati (2011). I contributed to Long-Range Planning and served on the Development Committee (2010-2016).  Mark Clague and I developed a consensus test around the long-range plans, which supported the work of the Development Committee in the SAM/2.0 campaign. While my current musicological interests are Americanist, I have previously published on theatrical and social dance connected with French grand opera (Music Quarterly, Journal of Musicology, 19th-Century Music, several book chapters and numerous reviews).

I recognize the need for dialogue among SAM members of diverse identities, abilities and backgrounds for positive social change in support of the Society’s growth. Toward this end, I support resources for scholarship and teaching about American musics, as well as community engagement. As a result of dialogue, I envision the continued expansion of the narrative around American music to include the Western hemisphere and the globe.

For Member-at-Large



David Garcia

I am honored to be a candidate to serve on SAM’s Board of Trustees. I have been an active member of SAM since 2009, most recently serving as chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. I currently serve on JSAM’s Editorial Board and will begin serving as Editor of JSAM in 2020. I research and teach music and dance of the Americas, focusing on music and dance of Spanish-speaking cultures and of the African diaspora. There are many reasons why I proudly affiliate myself with SAM, the most important of which is the society’s commitment to support scholarship on music of the Americas across national borders. I also support the society’s proactive work on issues of equity on behalf of all of its members.


Sarah R. Gerk

I attended my first annual meeting of the Society for American Music in 2004 in Cleveland, when I was pursuing a master’s degree at California State University in Long Beach. Since then, I have sought to foster conversations within the Society about supporting underrepresented and professionally precarious scholars of American music. As co-chair of the Student Forum, I worked to explore the academic job market for American music scholars. I undertook a study of recent job postings and hires in order to understand hiring practices and posted the results on I also expanded the routine activities of the Forum so that it could enable students to become more involved in the Society, developing annual business meetings and taking over the Silent Auction. As a member of the Site Selection Committee, I encouraged the Society to consider the capacity for annual conferences to better involve scholarship on Latin American topics and scholars from Central and South America. More recently, as co-chair of the Forum for Early Career Professionals, I organized a year-long initiative titled “SAM and the Gig Economy.” Via an anonymous survey and discussions with various members of the Society, we developed a number of recommendations to better include our members who work contingently. I have also served as chair of the Interest Group for Research on Gender. My research lies primarily in the nineteenth century, including a JSAM article on Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony, and my current book project, which explores the ways in which Irish diaspora shaped American music.

S. Andrew Granade

Harry Partch: Hobo Composer), several articles (including in the Journal of the Society for American Music) and an AmeriGrove dictionary entry. I helped found the SAM PIG (Pedagogy Interest Group), leading to an active secondary research area in pedagogy. I have consistently served the society as a member of the H. Earle Johnson Subvention committee, the nominating committee, the 2018 program committee, the 2018 local arrangements committee, and as chair of the site selection committee. And I have met collaborators and colleagues who inspire and challenge me to this day. I welcome this opportunity to continue serving the Society for American Music as we chart a new course to make our society, and musicology as a whole, one in which all scholars – regardless of affiliation, identity, or research interest – receive the same welcome and support I have found the past twenty years.


Horace Maxile

I appreciate the opportunity to stand for election as a Member-at-Large. I am an Associate Professor of Music at Baylor University and I currently serve the Society as Chair of the Eileen Southern Fellowship Committee. I have also co-chaired the Gospel and Sacred Music interest and served on the Cultural Diversity Committee. My interest in the musical legacies of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) prompted the committee to pursue outreach initiatives that involved faculty in those schools. The outcomes were tangible, resulting in meaningful contacts with the Intercollegiate Music Association—an organization comprised primarily of music faculty and students from HBCUs in the Carolinas and Virginia. My primary interests involve the analysis and criticism of concert works by African-American composers and musical signification. Articles related to those interests appear in a number of journals such as Journal of the Society for American Music, American Music, and Perspectives of New Music. My involvement with SAM began in 2001 at the meeting in Trinidad and Tobago with my first national conference paper presentation. At that conference and subsequent conferences, I enjoyed the benefit of connecting with scholars who shared similar interests and learning from scholars with other interests. This Society’s importance, for my part, rests within the range of perspectives and topics it brings to music scholarship. Not only might one hear the work of musicologists and music theorists at SAM meetings, but one might also hear the perspectives of Americanists, literary scholars, and industry professionals. Such diversity in conference programming inspires paths for innovative initiatives and venues for dissemination. The music academy is, therefore, enriched and enhanced by diverse discourses and SAM has taken major strides in creating and maintaining spaces for them. It would, indeed, be an honor to serve and continue the significant work of this Society.