Dr. Amy Zigler serves as Associate Professor of Music and Graduate Music Admissions Coordinator in the School of Music at Salem College, where she teaches courses in music history and culture, research methods, piano literature, and women in music. Her research examines socio-cultural implications of and (auto)biographical narratives in the music of the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the life and music of Dame Ethel Smyth. Her publications include articles for The Opera Journal and the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, a chapter in the monograph Nineteenth-Century Programme Music, and forthcoming chapters with Boydell & Brewer and Cambridge University Press, as well as the biographical liner notes for the Grammy-award winning premiere recording of Smyth’s The Prison. Dr. Zigler has also been a guest blogger for the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, has served on the American Musicological Society’s Committee on Women and Gender, and helps maintain the website, www.EthelSmyth.org. Outside of the classroom and the archives, she can be found at the piano as a member of the Winnfield Quartet.
Dr. Zigler holds a doctorate in music history and literature from the University of Florida, where she was a Graduate Alumni Fellow. She also holds degrees in Piano Performance from Belmont University (M.M.) and the University of Alabama (B.M., magna cum laude), and she continues to perform as a soloist and collaborative pianist. In addition to her formal education, Dr. Zigler studied at the Landesmusikakademie in Heek, Germany with Falko Steinbach, and she received a certificate in 20th century British history from the University of Cambridge. She is currently a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society, the North American British Music Studies Association, and the International Alliance for Women in Music.
PhD Music History and Literature, University of Florida
MM Performance, Belmont University
BM Performance, University of Alabama
Professional Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique, Salem College
Selected Chamber Works of Dame Ethel Smyth (2009).
Women in music, gender and sexuality in music, 19th and 20th century British and German music, social history of chamber music, women in popular music, and music of the 21st century.