Michael Broyles, Professor of Musicology at The Florida State University, specializes in American music and music of the Classic era, especially Beethoven. He is particularly interested in placing American music in American history and culture, and he previously held an appointment as both Distinguished Professor of Music and Professor of American History at Penn State University.
Broyles most recent book, Beethoven in America, examines the ways Beethoven has been viewed, interpreted and used in American society, especially in popular culture. His previous book, a biography written with Denise Von Glahn, Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices (2007), won the Irving Lowens Award from the Society for American Music as the best book on American music for the year. Broyles is the author of five other books, Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music (2004); “Music of the Highest Class”: Elitism and Populism in Antebellum Boston (1992); A Yankee Musician in Europe: the 1837 Journals of Lowell Mason (1990); The Emergence and Evolution of Beethoven’s Heroic Style (1987); and, with Denise Von Glahn of The Florida State University, a critical edition of Leo Ornstein's Quintette for Piano and Strings, for the series Music in the United States of America (MUSA) (2005). He has published many articles, in journals such as Musical Quarterly, American Music, Nineteenth-Century Music, Music Review, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of the Society for American Music, Beethoven Journal, as well as four in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, and has contributed chapters to several other books.
Dr. Broyles has an M. M. in music theory and a Ph. D. in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin, and he has received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society for American Music, where he is a Past-President.