Associate Professor, Music History/Musicology
Office Location: FAC 233
Dr. Saylor is Associate Professor of Music History at Drake. He received a bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Drake University, an M.A. in Musicology from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Michigan. He also served for a period as editorial assistant to Hugh Cobbe on Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895-1958 (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Dr. Saylor's area of specialization is 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 Association, The Musical Quarterly, The Musical Times, The Journal of Musicological Research, Music and Letters, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and Musik-Konzepte. He has presented at many conferences in North America and Europe, including national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the North American British Music Studies Association. Dr. Saylor is co-editor of the collection Blackness in Opera, with Naomi André and Karen M. Bryan (University of Illinois Press, 2012), to which he contributed a chapter ("Race, 'Realism,' and Fate in Frederick Delius's Koanga"), and has 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.