A specialist in 20th century and American music, Susan Neimoyer received her Ph.D. in Music History from the University of Washington, where she was a student of American music scholar Larry Starr. Her dissertation, “Rhapsody in Blue: A Culmination of George Gershwin’s Early Musical Education” was a finalist for the Society for American Music’s H. Wiley Hitchcock Dissertation Prize for 2003.
Her research interests include the music of the early 20th century, American symphonists, jazz and popular music. She has presented papers at national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music, and at regional meetings of the American Musicological Society and the College Music Society. Also a composer and performer, Dr. Neimoyer appeared as a pianist and singer with Seattle Experimental Opera in 1998 and 2000. Her music has been performed internationally and was featured in the MENC’s “World’s Largest Concert” broadcast on PBS in 2002. An alumna of the University of Utah School of Music, she was awarded the Leroy Robertson Composition Prize in 1994.
Dr. Neimoyer currently teaches courses in 19th and 20th century music. Prior to her appointment at the University of Utah, she served on the music faculties of the College of William and Mary, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan at Dearborn.