I am an experienced scholar, musician, and leader currently serving as Director of the School of Music at the University of Kentucky. I have also been the Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Entrepreneurship in the College of Music at Florida State University and the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, New York).
Before moving into academic administration, I was an Associate Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, where I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music history, film music, world music, and music theory. I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Historical Musicology and my M.A. in European History at the University of Rochester.
I maintain a busy schedule as a writer, composer, pianist, and podcaster. You can listen to my first season of podcasts–consisting of episodes from my original science fiction audio novel, complete with original musical soundtracks–on the “My Radio” page. Other original music is available on the “My Music” page, as well as on my YouTube channel.
To read more about my current work at the University of Kentucky, follow this link or listen to a recent interview below:
I’m preparing for the launch of season 2 of my podcast series featuring readings from my science fiction novel. Stay tuned for information about the Fall 2018 launch date.
In January 2019, I’ll be visiting Southeast Missouri State University for a guest entrepreneurship residency and recital. You can learn more by following this link.
I was in Washington, D. C., for the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, from November 16-19, 2018.
I presented a paper on the series Vikings at the annual Film & History conference (November 7-10, 2018), in Madison, Wisconsin. What a lovely city!
I presented a paper on Lewis Mumford, technology, and participation in the arts at the national conference of the College Music Society, October 11-13, 2018. The conference took place in the beautiful city of Vancouver.
I gave a paper on All in The Family at the annual meeting of the Midwest Popular Culture Association in Indianapolis in early October, 2018.
Several of my short original compositions were featured on a program for families at the Cape Girardeau Public Library in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, June 16, 2018. For more information, click this link.
I was in Indianapolis for the national conference of the Popular Culture Association (March 28-31, 2018). I gave a paper on music in the television series Dexter.
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The opinions and ideas shared on this website are my own and do not represent official positions of any of the organizations for which I am employed or associated with in my professional work and life. Stan Pelkey