Emily Gale

Lecturer in Music
COB-2 384
Office Hours 
Spring 2018: T Th 10-11am
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. Gale’s 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 and her review of Mitchell Morris’s The Persistence of Sentiment (UC Press, 2013) appears in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music. Her ongoing work on Mitch Miller was supported by a research fellowship from the New York Public Library in 2015.

Portrait photo (above) © Roger J. Wyan.