Christina Bashford, UIUC, Co-Coordinator: main research interests are in performance history and musical culture in 19th- and early 20th-century Britain, particularly London. She directed “Anglo-American Musical Connections”, a three-day conference and concert program on campus in July 2012 (for the North American British Music Studies Association).

William Brooks, University of York, UK, Co-Coordinator: research focuses on the music of Charles Ives and John Cage, as well as contemporary American composition; has authored multiple books and articles.

Geoffrey Duce, Assistant Professor of Piano, Illinois State University: career  features both solo and collaborative performances.   He won the Young Artists Award from Britain’s National Federation of Music Societies, and was awarded the Prix de Piano at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France.

Kate Kennedy, MillerComm Lecturer and Research Fellow in English and Music at Girton College, Cambridge: teaches in both English and Music Faculties: her biography of Ivor Gurney will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Other publications include The Silent Morning: Culture, Memory and the Armistice, 1918 (Manchester University Press, 2013) (

Kendra Preston Leonard, Director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive: research focuses on music and screen history, the musical representation of the English early modern period on screen, and the use of pre-existing art music for silent cinema; author of Louise Talma: A Life in Composition (Ashgate Publishing, 2014).

Gayle Sherwood Magee, Associate Professor of Musicology, UIUC, Co-Coordinator: research focuses on the music of Charles Ives and on film music, particularly the British heritage film and the New Hollywood era: author of Charles Ives Reconsidered (University of Illinois Press, 2008); and Music in the films of Robert Altman (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Andrew Megill, Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Activities, UIUC: is recognized as one the leading choral conductors of his generation, known for his passionate artistry and unusually wide-ranging repertoire. He currently leads three of North America’s finest professional vocal ensembles:  the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, and Fuma Sacra.

Eric Saylor, Associate Professor of Music History, Drake University, USA: research focuses on British art music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing particularly on the life and works of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Frederick Delius, as well as pastoralism, historiography, and intersections of music and politics; co-editor of Blackness in Opera, with Naomi André and Karen M. Bryan (University of Illinois Press, 2012).

Ethan Uslan, Pianist, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA: specialist in ragtime, popular song, and silent film accompaniment, three-time winner of Peoria’s World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest  and a featured artist in the documentary film The Entertainers ( and

Justin Vickers, Assistant Professor of Voice, Illinois State University: specializes in contemporary British and American music, particularly the music of Britten and Tippett. His D.M.A. dissertation on Tippett’s song cycle The Heart’s Assurance received the 2014 Nicholas Temperley Prize for Excellence in a Dissertation.

Patrick Warfield, Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Maryland, USA: specialist on the music of John Philip Sousa; author of Making the March King: John Philip Sousa’s Washington Years, 1854-1893 (University of Illinois Press, 2013).

Jason Wilson, University of Guelph, Canada: research focuses on musical performances at the front and in London’s West End by Canadian troops during the Great War; author of Soldiers of Song: The Dumbells and Other Canadian Concert Parties of the First World War (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2012).