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  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. She is the co-editor, with Mariana Whitmer, of Relocating the Sounds of the Western. 

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, Elmer Bernstein’s The Magnificent Seven:A Film Score Guide, and is currently the musicological advisor for Jerome Moross’s centenary. She is the co-editor, with Kendra Preston Leonard, of Relocating the Sounds of the Western. 

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 the author of Georges Auric: A Life in Music and Politics (2020), a co-editor of The Routledge Film Music Sourcebook (2012), and his work has appeared in numerous journals. He teaches at the University of Kansas.


James M. Doering

James M. Doering is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Arts at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he teaches music history, music theory, and organ. Doering’s research interests include film music and the American orchestra, and his work has appeared in American MusicJournal of the Society for American MusicThe Musical Quarterly, and Notes. In 2008, his scholarship on silent film accompaniment was featured at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he performed the complete original score to Enrico Guazzoni’s Antony and Cleopatra as part of the Gallery’s Roman Ruins Rebuilt exhibit.

Stanley C. Pelkey II

Stanley C. Pelkey II currently serves as Director of the School of Music at the University of Kentucky.  His publications on film and television music include his edited collection, Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age ; entries for Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia, including the article on film music; his chapter, “Still Flyin’? Conventions, Reversals, and Musical Meaning in Firefly” in Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon; a chapter on music and Cold War politics in Doctor Who: “The Gunfighters” for Relocating the Sounds of the Western.

Paul Allen Sommerfeld

Paul Allen Sommerfeld is a Reference Specialist in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. His research focuses on film music and fandom studies, with particular emphasis on franchises and the creation of multi-media universes. His dissertation focused on the music branding, the re-purposing of musical texts, and the creation of layered meaning(s) within the Star Trek franchise.