Advisory Board

Terry Klefstad:

Dr. Terry Klefstad is Professor of Music in the Belmont University School of Music and serves as Coordinator of Music History. She received her Ph.D. in Musicology from University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Music (Music History and Literature) from Southern Methodist University. She received both a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English with Writing Emphasis from Millikin University. An active lecturer and musicologist, her specialties are in the area of twentieth century music through WWII, Dmitri Shostakovich, and American music. Her book, Crooked River City: The Musical Life of Nashville’s William Pursell (Mississippi, 2018) discusses William Pursell, a mainstay of the Nashville music scene who has played jazz in Nashville’s Printer’s Alley with Chet Atkins and Harold Bradley, recorded with Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, performed with the Nashville Symphony, and composed and arranged popular and classical music.

Ljerka Rasmussen:

Dr. Ljerka Rasmussen holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. Her research focuses on the musical traditions of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, addressing issues of identity, political transitions, and emergent transnational forms of popular music. She is the author of Newly Composed Folk Music of Yugoslavia (Routledge, 2002), and co-editor of Made in Yugoslavia (forthcoming in Routledge’s Global Popular Music Series).  Her journalistic work includes interviews with Louie Bellson, Guy Clark, La Monte Young, and John Cage’s associates. Dr. Rasmussen has held the position of Musicologist for the Naxos label (2003-2005), and helped develop its pioneering digital music service, She currently serves on the faculty of Tennessee State University.

Douglas Shadle:

Dr. Douglas Shadle joined the Blair School of Music as Assistant Professor of Musicology in 2014. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.M. in viola performance from the University of Houston. Shadle’s research interrogates the cultural roles of the symphony orchestra, particularly in the United States. His first book, Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise (Oxford, 2016), explores the volatile relationships between composers, performers, critics, and audiences and demonstrates why American composers rarely find a home on concert programs today.  His most recent book project is a short monograph on Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” for Oxford University Press. Shadle is also a leading expert on fellow Little Rock native Florence Price (1887–1953), the first African-American woman to win international acclaim as a composer.