Susan McClary specializes in the cultural criticism of music, both the European canon and contemporary popular genres. Before arriving at UCLA in 1994, McClary taught at the University of Minnesota (1977-91) and McGill University (1991-94). She is best known for her book Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality (University of Minnesota Press, 1991). She is also author of Georges Bizet: Carmen (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and coeditor with Richard Leppert of Music and Society: The Politics of Composition, Performance and Reception (Cambridge University Press, 1987). Her latest book, Conventional Wisdom, was published by the University of California Press in 2000. She was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1995.
Joseph Auner is Associate Professor of Music, SUNY at Stony Brook. In March 2000 he co-organized the symposium, "Singing the Body Electric: Music, Multimedia, and Digital Technology." Recent publications include "Schoenberg and His Public in 1930: the Six Pieces for Male Chorus, Op. 35," and "Soulless Machines and Steppenwolves: Negotiating Masculinity in Krenek's Jonny spielt auf." He is editing The Schoenberg Reader for Yale University Press, and is general editor for Studies in Contemporary Music and Culture, Garland/Routledge.
Maiko Kawabata is a doctoral candidate in musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation, "The Violin's Voice: Drama and Heroism in the Romantic Concerto," is a critical study of the nineteenth-century violin concerto from Beethoven through Chaikovsky. Ms. Kawabata also plays violin professionally in the Los Angeles area; she has recently performed chamber works at the County Museum's Monday Evening Concerts.
Robert Fink is assistant professor in musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He focuses on music after 1965, with a special interest in minimalism, postmodernism, and the intersection of cultural and music-analytical theory. His current project is a book on minimalism, media, and advertising in the 1960s for University of California Press. His work has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, 19th-Century Music, American Music, Modernism/Modernity, and the collection Rethinking Music. In 1998-99 he was the recipient of a resident fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center.
Reebee Garofalo is a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he has taught since 1978. He has written numerous articles on racism, censorship, the political uses of music, and the globalization of the music industry. His most recent book is Rockin' Out: Popular Music in the USA (Allyn and Bacon, 1997). For relaxation, he enjoys drumming and singing with the Blue Suede Boppers, a fifties rock and roll band.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Becky Gebhardt is currently an undergraduate studying English and music history at UCLA. She plays the bass, guitar, and guiro in the rock-folk band Raining Jane. Her plans for the future include being a poor musician and going to culinary school.
Casper Partovi is an associate with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he practices in the field of corporate transactions. He received his J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1999 and his M.A. in Musicology from UCLA in 1996. While at UCLA, Casper focused on developments in nineteenth-century German Romantic music and philosophy.