Professor, Music History/Musicology
Office Location: FAC 233
Dr. Saylor is 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 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. He is a contributing co-editor for two essay collections: Blackness in Opera with Naomi André and Karen M. Bryan (University of Illinois Press, 2012), and The Sea in the British Musical Imagination, with Christopher Scheer (The Boydell Press, 2015), and contributed a chapter on Vaughan Williams's dramatic works to the Cambridge Companion to Ralph Vaughan Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2013). His articles and reviews have been published in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, The Musical Quarterly, The Musical Times, Musik-Konzepte, The Journal of Musicological Research, Music and Letters, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and he has presented his research at conferences throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Saylor is also the author of the Vaughan Williams entry in Oxford Bibliographies Online and a contributor to the second edition of the New Grove Dictionary of American Music (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has recently completed the monograph English Pastoral Music: From Arcadia to Utopia, 1900–1955, which will be published by the University of Illinois Press in 2017.
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. He currently serves as President of the North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA).