Monica Hairston O'Connell, Ph.D., Executive Director
Hairston O'Connell holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from New York University; her dissertation is titled “The Wrong Place for the Right People: Gender, Race, and Jazz at Cafe Society.” She received her M.M. in music literature from the University of Georgia and taught French horn and music history at Morris Brown College. She has also taught on women and music, blues, and jazz history at Ramapo College, Hofstra University, and New York University. While at NYU, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the Joan R. Heller Dissertation Prize, and the Patricia Dunn Lehrman Graduate Fellowship. Before joining the CBMR, she worked with David Bury and Associates, a New York firm specializing in fundraising and development for arts organizations. In 2009 she was recognized as a Chicago Defender Woman of Excellence and awarded the Phi Beta Sigma Crescent Moon Award for Education in 2010. She currently serves on the Society for Ethnomusicology Council and is a 2011 Chicago Community Trust fellow.
Morris A. Phibbs, M.M., Deputy Director
Development and fundraising activities; conferences; public programs; job postings.
Phibbs served the Center from 1989 to 1998 as Coordinator of Programs and was responsible for coordinating and managing all public programs, including local meetings, seminars, and colloquia, national and international conferences, and performance activities. Phibbs came to the Center from the College Music Society, where he was manager of membership services and managing editor of College Music Symposium; Directory of Music Faculties in College and Universities: U.S. and Canada; CMS Proceedings: The National and Regional Meetings; the CMS Reports series; and the Music Faculty Vacancy List. Phibbs holds an M.M. degree in music history and literature from West Virginia University and has done doctoral work in choral literature and conducting.
Raj Mago, B.A., Accountant
Memberships; subscription fulfillment; questions regarding web orders; gifts, pledges, and donations.
Mago previously worked at Northrop Grumman in Rolling Meadows for fifteen years in various capacities, including in finance, general ledger accounting, accounts payable, cashier, account analysis, and budget planning and Analysis.
Library and Archives
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Janet Harper, M.L.I.S., Catalog Librarian
Harper has a master's degree in library science with a concentration in technical services from Wayne State University. An experienced cataloger, she has worked in academic, medical, and automotive libraries and archives and specializes in the cataloging of African-American–related materials.
Laurie Lee Moses, B.A., M.M., M.S., Archivist and Digital Librarian
Moses is a recent graduate of the LEEP Program of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a focus on data curation and special collections. She is also a performer/composer and holds a master’s degree in composition from Roosevelt University.
Melanie Zeck, M.L.I.S., M.M., Research Assistant
Trained as a music librarian, Zeck provides fact finding and fact checking for a variety of CBMR publications and projects. Her individual research focuses on woodwind and string music from the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially that of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges and Johann Hummel. Her recent paper on the Chevalier, given at the North Lakeside Cultural Center in Chicago, was part of a program sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council. She also gave a flute recital featuring the music of Francois-Joseph Gossec, the Chevalier's composition instructor. Zeck is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the history and theory of music at the University of Chicago.
Peter Shultz, A.B., Manager of Web Applications
Development of content for and maintenance of website.
When not at the CBMR, Shultz is a Ph.D. student in music theory at the University of Chicago. His work on the CBMR website and his dissertation research both draw on a longstanding interest in computers, which began in 1988 with an Amiga 500. He received his A.B. in music from Princeton University.