BM, McMaster University (Ontario); PhD, Yale University.
Gayle Magee's scholarship and teaching focus is on contemporary music, film music, and American music. Magee’s books include the following:
Robert Altman's Soundtracks: Film, Music, and Sound from M*A*S*H to A Prairie Home Companion (Oxford University Press, Music/Media Series, 2014)
Charles Ives Reconsidered (University of Illinois Press, Music in American Life Series, 2008)
Charles Ives: A Research and Information Guide, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2010).
Currently, she is completing a book on composer William Bolcom, and a co-edited collection on music during the First World War with Professor Christina Bashford and Professor Emeritus William Brooks, both to be published by the University of Illinois Press.
Additionally, she has published several articles and book chapters (select list since 2008):
- “‘Every Man in New York’: Charles Ives and the First World War.” Chap. in Music, Memory, and the Great War, co-edited collection. University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2018.
- “Revisiting Gosford Park: Downtown Abbey, American Audiences, and the British Heritage Genre.” Chap. in Exploring Downton Abbey: Critical Essays on the Television Series, edited by Scott Stoddart (McFarland, forthcoming 2017)
- Austen, Music, and Masculinity in the British Heritage Film.” Chap. in Jane Austen and Masculinity, edited by Michael Kramp (Bucknell University Press, forthcoming 2017)
- “‘She’s a Dear Old Lady’: English-Canadian Popular Songs from World War I” (American Music, 2016)
- Compromises and Creativity: Altman, Copyright, and the Musical Soundtrack.” Chap. in The Robert Altman Companion, ed. Adrian Danks (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)
- “Songwriting, Advertising, and Mythmaking in the New Hollywood: The Case of Nashville (1975)" (Music and the Moving Image, 2012)
- “Rethinking Social Class and American Music” (Journal of the American Musicological Society, 2011)
- "Marketing the Voice: Opera, Film, and the Case of Robert Altman" (Theatre Survey, 2010)
- “Robert Altman and the New Hollywood Musical,” in The Sound of Musicals, edited by Steven Cohan (BFI, 2010)
- "Song, Genre, and Transatlantic Dialogue in Gosford Park" (Journal of the Society for American Music, 2008)
Magee’s work has been supported through grants from the American Musicological Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sinfonia Foundation for Research in American Music, the Whiting Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. Her research has been cited by the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and the New Yorker.
Currently, Magee serves Chairman of the Board of the Charles Ives Society (www.charlesives.org), and is a former president of the organization. She is editor of the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal American Music, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the publication series Music in the United States of America (MUSA), which is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Michigan, and the American Musicological Society.