It is time to vote for a chair-elect for the 2020 Biennium who will join current chair-elect, Dr. Greg Springer, in SRIG leadership and focus. Note that only SRIG members are eligible to vote. A link to the online voting portal will be sent via the Amplify communication system. Members should check their email, including clutter/junk folders, for this message or the SRIG community within Amplify.

Below are the biographies of the highly-qualified nominees. Note that the research of these nominees will be featured in the upcoming spring newsletter.

Dr. Gail Barnes

Gail V. Barnes is Professor of Music Education and Director of the USC String Project at the University of South Carolina where she has prepared over 100 teachers for string and orchestra classrooms and studios. She edited Applying Research to String Teaching and Playing for American String. She and her research partner, David Pope, are pursuing a line of inquiry into music preferences and personality type.  She has published in many of the major music education journals and is also an administrator for a Facebook group for several thousand orchestra teachers at

Dr. Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is an assistant professor of music education at the University of Arizona. He teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate music education, advises graduate theses and dissertations, and supervises instrumental student teachers. Additionally, Dr. Williams conducts the UA Middle School Outreach Honor Band. Prior to arriving at the University of Arizona, he taught instrumental music education at the University of Delaware. He has presented sessions and research at state and national conferences, including the NAfME National Inservice Conference, NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, and the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education. His work has been published in UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Band Research, and Research Perspectives in Music Education, with more under current consideration. A native of Union, Kentucky, Dr. Williams holds a B.M. in horn performance and B.M.M.E. degree from the University of Kentucky, M.M. degree in music education from Boston University, an M.M. degree in wind conducting from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University.

Dr. Williams’s research interests in affective response center on the area of music preference. Previous investigations have explored continuous and summative ratings of musical enjoyment for a variety of musical genres, while another study explored the music listening behaviors and decision-making processes of middle and high school students. Planned investigations will further explore the decision-making process in regards to musical preference, particularly as it relates to age.