Eric Saylor is Professor of Music History and Musicology at Drake University, having completed his graduate studies in musicology at Arizona State University and the University of Michigan. A specialist in British music of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he is the author of English Pastoral Music: From Arcadia to Utopia, 1900–1955 (2017) and co-editor of Blackness in Opera (with Naomi André and Karen Bryan, 2012) and The Sea in the British Musical Imagination (with Christopher Scheer, 2015).
His research has been published in leading journals and presented at conferences throughout North America and Europe. Dr. Saylor was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award by Drake’s College of Arts and Sciences (2004), and was the recipient of a Drake Humanities Research Scholar award (2018–21), and a Visiting Research Fellowship from Merton College, Oxford (2019). He also served as President of the North American British Music Studies Association from 2016 to 2020.
He lives in Urbandale, and with the completion of Vaughan Williams, is looking forward to having more time to indulge hobbies such as bicycling, cooking, and reading.
Books in order of publication:
Blackness in Opera (with Naomi André and Karen Bryan, 2012)
The Sea in the British Musical Imagination (with Christopher Scheer, 2015)
English Pastoral Music: From Arcadia to Utopia,1900–1955 (2017)
Vaughan Williams – 2022