Jayme Kurland is a Ph.D. student in History at George Mason University. She has dedicated her career to working in museums with musical instrument collections. Her research interests include 20th-century U.S. History with concentrations in ethnomusicology, women’s history, and digital public history. Currently, Jayme works as a research assistant for the NEH-funded project “Hearing the Americas” at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Her dissertation project, Instrumental Women, will explore the essential roles women have played in the histories of musical instrument manufacturing.
Jayme has spent the last decade working as a music historian in museums and libraries. From 2018-2019, she was the inaugural Robbin Collection Music Cataloger at Georgetown University Libraries, working with a collection of over 900 music manuscripts and letters. From 2013 to 2017, Jayme was the Curatorial Research Fellow in Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. From 2009 to 2011, Jayme worked at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ as a curatorial assistant.
Jayme is an elected board member of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS), where she serves as the editor of the ethnomusicology section of their blog, Of Note. As a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) , she founded and co-chairs the Organology Special Interest Group, and serves at the official AMIS liaison to SEM.