Emily Gale

Lecturer in Music
COB-2 384
Office Hours 
Fall 2017: TBD
Music history and American music
Popular music studies
Music, media, and technology
Ballads, operetta, and popular song

Emily 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 musics 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. She has presented her research at national and international conferences. 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 a community arts engagement program and curated concerts and other arts events. Dr. Gale 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 Music program at the University of Virginia where she completed her Ph.D. in 2014. She was recently awarded a Short-term Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library for 2015-16.