Faculty & Staff

Steven Gerber

Graduate Research; Music History

Adjunct Faculty
  • Introduction to Research in Music
  • American Music topics


  • B.A., Music Theory-Composition, University of Minnesota- Duluth
  • M.A., Music Theory-Composition, University of California- San Diego
  • M.L.S., Music Librarianship, School of Informatics, State University of New York- Buffalo
  • Post Graduate Study, Historical Musicology, State University of New York-Buffalo
  • Post Graduate Study, History of Music Printing and Publishing, Rare Book School, University of Virginia

Prof. Gerber is Mason’s music and theater librarian, and teaches the core course in music research and bibliography for master’s students. He has spoken at several scholarly conferences, including overseas presentations in Amsterdam, Oslo, and Vienna. His primary area of musicological interest is music in 19th-century American culture. He produces Music in the Lobby concerts at Fenwick Library, featuring Mason School of Music students. Prof. Gerber was also the book review editor for Music Reference Services Quarterly for several years.

Prof. Gerber studied music theory, composition, and electronic music long ago with composers Kenneth Gaburo, Pauline Oliveros, Roger Reynolds, and Robert Erickson, and much later, musicology with Christopher Gibbs, Michael Long, James Currie, and Olivia Mattis. He taught music courses previously at SUNY-Buffalo. Before becoming a librarian, he spent 20+ years in operations management with non-profit museums and arts organizations in northern Minnesota.

An orchestral violist, Gerber performs with the Reston Chamber Orchestra, and in the distant past played electric bass in an amateur jazz combo and in community theater pit orchestras, as well as keyboards in a contemporary Christian band. Recent research activities include publishing a critical edition of cello sonatas by Dutch-English musician Johan Dahmen (1794), arranging a medley of Beethoven’s Irish folk songs for instrumental performance by chamber orchestra, dabbling confusedly in knowledge-visualization platforms for digital humanities, mentoring a team of students in editing, performing, and disseminating music manuscripts from the Library of Congress, and occasionally uploading musical rarities from Mason’s special collections to IMSLP.

Contact Prof. Gerber: sgerber@gmu.edu

Visit Prof. Gerber online: http://mason.gmu.edu/~sgerb