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Editorial Staff

The editorial staff at A-R Editions is a team of musicologists with varied interests and specializations, which allows us to publish a wide range of music in our editions. The editorial staff evaluates proposals for all of our music publications and then works closely with the volume editors throughout the publication process. The editors provide a comprehensive copyedit of the manuscripts and then oversee the project through the proof production and printing stages to ensure that each edition meets our high standards of quality. A-R Editions takes great pride in being able to offer this high level of expertise and service.

David BirchlerDavid Birchler received a B.A. in music history from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and an M.A. in music history and philosophy and Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He focused on music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in his graduate studies and wrote his dissertation on the theory and practice of nature evocation in the music of Mahler. An editor at A-R since 1994, he has found his job to be an interesting mix of editing and musicology, giving him the opportunity to work with many fine authors on their editions of music of the baroque, classical, and romantic eras. Out of the office he can be found running and walking on road, trail, or treadmill, and practicing yoga of the hot or non-hot varieties.

Alexander DeanAlexander Dean received a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in 2009, and also holds a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from The University of Akron. He has taught classical guitar, music history, and music theory at The University of Akron, the Eastman School, Nazareth College, Hamilton College, and Syracuse University. Alexander’s research interests include the intersection between oral and written traditions in seventeenth-century Italian song, and he has published articles in Recercare, Musica Disciplina (with Anthony Cummings), and Early Music. He has been an editor at A-R Editions since October 2011, where he has worked on a range of projects including Renaissance madrigals, Balinese shadow play music, and twentieth-century Czech opera. He enjoys solving puzzles, deciphering scribbles, reading fiction, and playing violent video games.

Esther Criscuola de LaixEsther Criscuola de Laix holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.Mus. in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She specializes in the cultural history of music in the late-sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century German-speaking lands, and her dissertation, which received the Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 fellowship award from the American Musicological Society, investigates musical print culture in Hamburg in the early seventeenth century. She maintains an active scholarly presence in the field of musicology, continuing to publish and present papers on these topics. Esther has enjoyed applying the full range of her musical and scholarly training to her editorial work at A-R; since starting in August 2011, she has edited a wide variety of projects involving music from the renaissance through the mid-twentieth century, folk music from various cultures, and at least eight different languages. Outside of A-R, she remains active as an organist, and enjoys, among many other things, cooking, practicing traditional Okinawan karate, writing very esoteric Star Wars fan fiction, and spending time with her husband and son.

Shawn Marie KeenerShawn Marie Keener holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Chicago and an M.M. in Music Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her scholarship examines the intersections of vernacular song and formations of personal identity and cultural memory in 16th-century Venice. She was awarded a Fulbright grant for a year of research in Venice and a Harper Dissertation-Year Fellowship from the University of Chicago and has presented her work at conferences and symposia in North America and Europe. Since 2012, she has collaborated with the Newberry Consort as a projection designer, creating concert slideshows that combine supertitle translations with carefully curated and imaginatively presented primary source images. Once an active trumpet player (jazz and classical), her eclectic musical experience includes Balinese gamelan, early music (winds and voice) , and bowed piano (she can be heard on Stephen Scott’s Vikings of the Sunrise [New Albion Records NA084]). After many years working at the Newberry Library in Chicago, she joined A-R Editions in October 2016.

Danielle PachaDanielle Pacha received her Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis; she also holds degrees from the University of Washington (M.A., musicology) and Central Washington University (B.A., piano performance). She developed an interest in early music after hearing Dido’s lament as an undergraduate, an interest that grew as she sang the music of Hildegard and studied harpsichord while in Seattle. Her dissertation focused on a family of thirteenth-century motets, and she enjoys the continued exploration of early music through her work at A-R. She keeps her fingers limber by accompanying her niece—an accomplished violinist—in occasional recitals. Her other free-time activities include getting outdoors, practicing yoga, and striving to create the perfect sourdough baguette.

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