Professor of Music History and Musicology
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Linda Pohly received her Ph.D. in music history from Ohio State University. She has been on the Ball State faculty since 1991 after teaching for many years at a community college in Kansas. Her graduate teaching assignment includes American music, Methodology and Bibliography in research, music of the 20th century, symphonic literature, Introduction to Ethnomusicology and World Music, Seminar in Teaching Introduction to music, and thesis/dissertation advising. For undergraduates, Pohly teaches Introduction to Music, Popular Music in American culture, Survey of Music Literature, and Music History II.
Dr. Pohly's research interest centers around the musical activities and repertoire of Midwest Americans from 1850 to 1950. She has investigated the eisteddfod of Welsh-Americans, the Indiana Home Economics Choruses (on-going research area and the Ball State "senior" applicant to Washington for an NEH award last year), and music in the City of Wichita. Her findings have been reported to the Society for American Music (formerly Sonneck Society), the College Music Society, regional meetings of the American Musicological Society, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.
Additionally, Pohly has studied the repertoire, vocal style, and influence of singer Barbra Streisand, and her book The Barbara Streisand Companion, A Guide to Her Vocal Style and Repertoire was published in March 2000 by Greenwood Press.