March 28: Eric Saylor

Associate Professor, Drake University

Eric Saylor is Associate Professor of Musicology at Drake University. Saylor specializes in British art music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing particularly on the life and works of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frederick Delius. His articles and reviews have been published in the Journal of the Royal Musical AssociationThe Musical QuarterlyThe Musical Times, The Journal of Musicological Research, Music and LettersNineteenth-Century Music Review, and Musik-Konzepte. Saylor is co-editor of the collection Blackness in Opera, with Naomi André and Karen M. Bryan published in 2012 by the University of Illinois Press, to which he contributed a chapter titled “Race, ‘Realism,’ and Fate in Frederick Delius’s Koanga.” He has also written a chapter on Vaughan Williams’s dramatic works for the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Ralph Vaughan Williams. He is also the author of the Vaughan Williams entry in Oxford Bibliographies Online, and is a contributor to the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is co-editor, with Christopher Scheer, of a forthcoming collection of essays on the sea and the British musical imagination (to be published by Boydell Press), and is writing a monograph on English pastoral music of the early twentieth century. Dr. Saylor has received several grants and awards, including the 2004 Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from Drake’s College of Arts and Sciences. His other areas of interest include pastoralism, historiography, intersections of music and politics, and shape-note hymnody.