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.

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I maintain a busy schedule as a writer, composer, pianist and organist, 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:

Check out some of my communications work for the FSU College of Music by following this link to the College’s Fall 2017 Alumni Magazine or this link to the College’s Fall 2016 Alumni Magazine.

Upcoming Events:

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.

Recent Events:

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.

News Archive:

Please see the menu above or click here.

Blogs that I Follow:

Ross Wixon (composer)

Adam Schumaker (composer, arts administrator)

Kendra Leonard Preston (musicologist, poet)

Brooks Kuykendall (musicologist, academic administrator) 

Popcultureshelf.com (with a review of my last book)

And please visit my YouTube channel, too! 

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

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2 Replies to “Scholar Musician Leader

  1. I am really looking forward to the New Year! How about you? I plan to enhance the quality of my podcasts, as well as to take them in new directions by late Spring or early Summer. I am also looking forward to preparing more blogs on leadership and arts entrepreneurship and even post some samples of my scholarship here at stanpelkey.com. I hope you will continue to be part of my online journey.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Hello guests and readers: during the past week, I lost some of the comments that people had posted about an article and my first few podcasts. I am sorry that I lost that user-generated content, but I deeply appreciate those past comments and my readers and listeners who have shared their thoughts and reactions to content on this website. Please continue to share, and I will try to do an even better job at curating our shared conversations. Stan

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