GMF2020: Tammy Kernodle, President, Society for American Music; Professor, Miami University of Ohio

NOTE NEW TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Talk: When and Where I Enter: Black Women, Black Music and the Reverberations of Social Change in the American Concert Hall. Dr. Tammy Kernodle, president of the Society for American Music and Professor of Musicology at Miami University of Ohio.  [Thursday, November 12 | 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. NEW TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | No ticket required.]

Dr. Tammy Kernodle, president of the Society for American Music and Professor of Musicology at Miami University of Ohio, gives a talk about music, Black women and 19th Amendment.

Welcome: Jennifer Arnold, violist, Director of Artistic Planning and Orchestral Operations at the Richmond Symphony in Virginia, and a member of Gateways’ Artistic Programs Committee.


Tammy Kernodle is Professor of Musicology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her scholarship and teaching has stretched across many different aspects of African American music and American music.  Kernodle earned a B.M. in Choral Music Education with an emphasis in piano from Virginia State University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from The Ohio State University.

She served as the Scholar in Residence for the Women in Jazz Initiative at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City from 1999 until 2001, and has worked closely with a number of educational programs including the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, Jazz@Lincoln Center, NPR, and the BBC.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Kernodle is the author of biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams and served as Associate Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American Music.  She served as a scholarly consultant for the National Museum of African American Music and Culture’s inaugural exhibits entitled “Musical Crossroads” and appears in a number of award-winning documentaries including Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band and Girls in the Band. In 2018, she was awarded the Benjamin Harrison Medallion, the highest award given to a Miami University faculty member in recognition of their research, teaching and service. 


Gateways Music Festival is grateful to the following foundations, corporations and governmental agencies for their support and contributions made between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2020.