Executive Director
Kendra Preston Leonard

SFSMA founder Kendra Preston Leonard is a musicologist whose work focuses on women and music in twentieth century America, France and Britain; music and screen history; and music and disability.  She is the author of the forthcoming Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources; Louise Talma: A Life in Composition; The Conservatoire Américain: a History and Shakespeare, Madness, and Music: Scoring Insanity in Cinematic Adaptations; and is the editor of Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon.

Finance Director

Mariana Whitmer

Mariana Whitmer is the executive director for the Society for American Music. A specialist on the music of the film Western, she is the author of Jerome Moross’s The Big Country: A Film Score Guide and is currently the musicological advisor for Jerome Moross’s centenary.

Colin Roust

Colin Roust specializes in twentieth-century music and film music, and his areas of research interest include the French composer Georges Auric, music history pedagogy, music and politics, and the intersection of music and the other arts in multimedia genres (song, film, opera, ballet, etc.). He is a co-editor of The Routledge Film Music Sourcebook (2012) and his work has appeared in Music & Politics, The Musical Quarterly, twentieth-century music, and Ars Lyrica. He teaches at the University of Kansas.


James M. Doering

Stanley C. Pelkey II

Paul Allen Sommerfeld