Mary Ellen Poole


Member, Nominating Committee
Appointed November 2017; term ends November 2018

Mary Ellen Poole is Director of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, a position she has held since June 2014. Prior to this appointment she served for 10 years as Dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and 18 years at Millikin University in Illinois.

As a musicologist, Professor Poole’s research, publications, and presentations have focused on fin-de-siècle Paris: cabaret chansons and chansonniers, music as political propaganda during the Radical Republic, and the ideology of teaching music to the working class.

Professor Poole served as a member of the NASM Commission on Accreditation from 2010-2015.

She holds degrees in Flute Performance from Baylor University and Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Posted December 2017