Professor Emerita of Music History and Musicology
Linda Pohly was a Professor of Music history where she taught special topics courses such as Music and War. She also served as the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in the School of Music.
She joined the Ball State School of Music faculty in 1991 after teaching for many years in the community college system in Kansas. Linda Pohly's graduate teaching assignments included American Music, The Music of the 20th Century, Introduction to Ethnomusicology and World Music, Seminar in Teaching Introduction to Music, and thesis/dissertation advising.
Linda 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. She also wrote The Barbara Streisand Companion: A Guide to Her Vocal Style and Repertoire (2000).
Linda Pohly received her Doctor of Philosophy in music history from Ohio State University.