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Wayne Shirley Research Fellowship

Wayne ShirleyThe Society for American Music has established a Wayne Shirley Fellowship that when endowed will fund an annual research residency at the Library of Congress. The Society's Development Committee invites members and friends to help endow it.

Starting in 1965, Wayne served as a reference librarian and then music specialist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress. During his thirty-seven year tenure there he was also editor of the Society’s first quarterly journal, American Music.

Wayne has been the recipient of our Society’s highest honors: the Distinguished Service Award (1996) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2010). He has been a loyal, stimulating, and valued presence at conferences for decades, and has assisted and encouraged generations of scholars.

In recognition of Wayne’s inestimable legacy to American music scholarship, please make a donation today!

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Testimonials about Wayne Shirley

"Wayne Shirley is a national treasure, certainly the most informed and helpful music bibliographer that I have ever known, as well as a deeply caring and sensitive human being! His contribution to 20th-century American music scholarship is incalculable. His knowledge about the works of George Gershwin and William Grant Still especially is awe-inspiring."
Thomas Riis, Director, American Music Research Center
Negler Professor of Music, University of Colorado Boulder


"Wayne Shirley epitomizes helpfulness and has a genuine interest in one's research topic, whatever it may be. He's a mentor, advocate, kindhearted gentle man who knows more about ANY subject than anyone I know!"
Marva Carter, Associate Professor of Music History, Popular Music, and World Music Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA


"When I lived near Washington D.C. I visited the Library of Congress quite often. No matter how obscure the topic, whether it was Reicha’s fugues or Ornstein’s Piano Quintette, Wayne knew about it, and was there to help. His encyclopedic mind was matched only by his desire to assist scholars, whether they were established musicologists or young students. I witnessed both too many times to enumerate. There are many wonderful librarians at the LC, but I’m sure even they will agree, Wayne Shirley was in a class by himself."
Michael Broyles, Professor of Musicology
Florida State University


"My research benefited greatly from Wayne Shirley's extensive knowledge of the American music resources in the Library of Congress, and his quick wit made it a joy to see him in the Performing Arts Reading Room. On one occasion I submitted a call slip for the catalogues of the 'Von Ende School of Music,' and without missing a beat he deadpanned,"That sounds like the school I attended, which is why I'm a librarian and not a performer!"
Doug Bomberger, Professor of Music
Elizabethtown College


"Wayne Shirley is a walking encyclopedia of American music history. (Or, for that matter, American history.) Before he retired, Wayne Shirley was the go-to person for any questions about the extensive holdings in the Music Division of the Library of Congress—especially the materials in Special Collections. Wayne was always encouraging, helpful, enthusiastic, and a verifiable font of knowledge. He continues to be that way in retirement."
Katherine Preston, David N. & Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music
College of William and Mary

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