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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, and writing science fiction.

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, traditional music from various cultures, scorings from solo keyboard through large orchestra, and at least twelve 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.

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 and other musics through her work at A-R. She spends her free time getting outdoors with her dog and adverturous husband, practicing yoga, and preparing culinary creations featuring local, seasonal vegetables.

Ilana R. SchroederIlana R. Schroeder received a bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, a master’s degree in music history from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a dissertation focusing on Parisian liturgical and paraliturgical music of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. She has presented her research at numerous conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Her current research focuses on issues of translation/movement of music and bodies in the Middle Ages, as well as the relationship between community, identity, and exclusion.

Pamela WhitcombPamela Whitcomb has Ph.D. and M.M. degrees in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a B.M.E. degree from Oklahoma State University. Her career at A-R Editions started immediately after graduation when she accepted an editor position. Currently she is the director of music publications, and thus has traded her red pencil for a calculator. (There are still red pencils on her desk, though, in case of an editing emergency.) Among her hobbies are reading, knitting, bridge, and winetasting, and she enjoys both Shakespeare plays and baseball games.

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