Gayle Sherwood Magee

Associate Professor of Musicology 

MAGEE GayleB.M., McMaster University; Ph.D., Yale University.

Gayle Magee’s scholarship and teaching focus on contemporary music, film music, and American music. Magee’s current book project, Music in the Films of Robert Altman: From M*A*S*H to Prairie Home Companion (Oxford University Press, Music/Media Series), was supported by an NEH Summer Stipend in 2012.

Recent articles and book chapters include:

  • “Songwriting, Advertising, and Mythmaking in the New Hollywood: The Case of Nashville (1975)” (Music and the Moving Image, 2012)
  • “Rethinking Social Class and American Music”(Journal of the American Musicological Society, 2011)
  • “Marketing the Voice: Opera, Film, and the Case of Robert Altman” (Theatre Survey, 2010)
  • “Robert Altman and the New Hollywood Musical,” in The Sound of Musicals, edited by Steven Cohan (BFI, 2010)
  • “Song, Genre, and Transatlantic Dialogue in Gosford Park” (Journal of the Society for American Music, 2008)

Other publications include the books Charles Ives Reconsidered (University of Illinois Press, Music in American Life Series, 2008), and the second edition of Charles Ives: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge, 2010).

Since 2010, Magee has served as president of the Charles Ives Society (, She has received grants from the American Musicological Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sinfonia Foundation for Research in American Music, the Whiting Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, and her research has been cited by the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and the New Yorker.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign