Professor of Music History and Musicology
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Linda Pohly received her PhD in music history from the Ohio State University. She has been on the Ball State faculty since 1991 after teaching for many years in the community college system in Kansas. Her graduate teaching assignment includes American music, music of the 20th century, Introduction to Ethnomusicology and World Music, Seminar in Teaching Introduction to Music, and thesis/dissertation advising. Dr. Pohly also teaches special topics courses such as Music and War. Since 2009 she has served as the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in the School of Music.
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 (which resulted in a book in 2012, The Singing Farm Women of Rural Indiana, 1934-2009
), 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, Dr. Pohly has studied the repertoire, vocal style, and influence of singer Barbra Streisand, and her book, The Barbra Streisand Companion, A Guide to Her Vocal Style and Repertoire
, was published in March 2000 by Greenwood Press.