Dana Gorzelany-Mostak is an Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College. She holds a PhD in musicology from McGill University, and she has taught courses on the history of western music, opera in the 21st century, music and politics, music since 1900, popular music, and historiography. Her research explores various facets of American musical culture—the role of popular songs in presidential campaigns, the reception of music prodigies in the age of reality television, and the untold history of music performance on the “freak” show stage in the 19th century. Additional research interests include opera and popular culture, public musicology, and music entrepreneurship. Gorzelany-Mostak has presented her research at many conferences, including those of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Canada, and the Canadian University Music Society. She has received the Mark Tucker Award from the Society for American Music and the Peter Narvaez Memorial Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Canada for her work on the intersection of politics and music in the 2008 campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Her research on music and electoral politics appears in the summer 2015 issue of Music & Politics and the May 2016 issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music. Her work on Jackie Evancho appears in the edited volume Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity (Routledge). Gorzelany-Mostak is also creator and co-editor of Trax on the Trail, a Georgia College-sponsored website that tracks the creative use of music and sound on the 2016 presidential campaign trail.
Academic Department: Department of Music
College: College of Arts and Sciences