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Lei Ouyang Bryant is Associate Professor and Chair of Music, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY). Her primary scholarly interests are based in music, culture, and performance in East Asia (primarily China, Japan, and Taiwan) and Asian America. Research projects include music and memory in the Chinese Cultural Revolution (2004 Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh; China Review, 2005; Asian Music, 2007), race and performance in Asian American musical theatre (Asian Music, 2009), and social justice and Taiko drumming in the American Midwest (under review) and Northeast (in progress). Additional publications include solicited reviews for Ethnomusicology, The World of Music, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Asian Music. She is interested in serving as Secretary on the SEM Board as a way to extend her contributions and participation into new areas within the Society. She brings direct experience as Secretary of SEM Council and MACSEM as well as insight from leadership positions including ACMR President and Co-Chair of the Crossroads Committee. It is her goal to maintain the organizational and communication skills necessary to assist in the work required of the position and she warmly welcomes the opportunity to serve on the SEM Board. Bryant joined SEM in 1999 as a first year graduate student and has attended the Annual Meeting every year (but one) since. She regularly attends annual meetings of other academic associations, but considers SEM to be her scholarly and professional "home base.” SEM activities include nine paper presentations (2001-2013), SEM Council Member (2011-14), SEM Council Secretary (2012-2014), SEM Council Nominating Committee Chair (2012-2014), Co-Chair of Crossroads Project Standing Committee (2008-2010), MACSEM Secretary (1999-2011), and MACSEM Local Arrangements Committee (2001). She also has held multiple positions with the ancillary organizations Association for Chinese Music Research (ACMR) and the Society for Asian Music (SAM), including service as ACMR President (2011-2014), on the SAM Editorial Advisory Board (2011-2015), and as ACMR Member at Large and Newsletter Editor (2005-2010). At Skidmore, she is directly involved in multiple diversity initiatives at the undergraduate level including access and retention of first generation college students, inclusive pedagogies, and social justice education.

Sonia Tamar Seeman is Associate Professor in the Division of Musicology/Ethnomusicology at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin. She also holds a courtesy appointment with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and affiliations with the Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. Her work concerns the role of music among marginalized communities, particularly Roma, in forging social identities and political alliances. She has published articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology Forum, Anthropology of Music of the Mediterranean, Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, City, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, and multiple sets of CD liner notes. Her monograph, Sounding Roman: Representation and Performing Identity in Western Turkey, is forthcoming from Oxford. Seeman has been involved with SEM since the mid-1980s at the regional level, and the 1990s at the national level. She has served on the SEM Council (2003 - 2006) and the Jaap Kunst Prize Committee (2007-2009). She founded the SIG Anatolian Ecumene in 2012, and is currently co-chair of the Section on the Status of Women. In addition to traditional duties associated with that of secretary, her interests include facilitating the archiving of SEM section and SIG materials, as well as increased attention to amplifying marginalized voices in the Society.

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