Amy Zigler

Assistant Professor of Music
Elberson Fine Arts Center, Room 17



Dr. Amy Zigler serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Graduate Studies Coordinator in the School of Music at Salem College, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate music history, piano literature, and courses on women in music. Her research specializes in music of the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the cultural study of chamber music, the social history of music in Germany and Great Britain, and the study of gender and sexuality in music. Dr. Zigler has presented papers internationally, nationally, and regionally, and she has also been published in the Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music as well as the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy website. She holds a doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida, where she was a Graduate Alumni Fellow; her dissertation explored the intersection between biography and style in the chamber works of Dame Ethel Smyth. Dr. Zigler 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, the International Smyth Society, and the International Alliance for Women in Music. Dr. Zigler serves on the AMS Committee on Women and Gender, and as board member for musicology in the CMS Mid-Atlantic chapter.


  • PhD Musicology, University of Florida
  • MM Performance, Belmont University
  • BM Performance, University of Alabama
  • Professional Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique, Salem College
Doctoral Thesis:

Selected Chamber Works of Dame Ethel Smyth (2009)

Research Interests:

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

Personal Interests:
Running, travel, and cinema