About Pamela Fox
in Texas and reared in central Ohio, Pamela Fox started playing the piano
at age 5. She went on to earn three degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s
College Conservatory of Music: a bachelor’s in piano performance
(summa cum laude), a master’s in music history, and a Ph.D. in musicology.
She also has studied in Germany.
Dr. Fox began her career at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, north of
Cincinnati, 20 years ago, joining the faculty as assistant professor of
musicology. An active scholar and honored instructor, she became chair
of the Department of Music and, for five years, was dean
of the School of Fine Arts. The school — encompassing music, art,
theatre, architecture, interior design, an accredited art museum and a
renowned performing-arts series — has 1,000 students and 150 faculty
members. Under Dr. Fox’s leadership, the school’s endowment
and grants have risen dramatically, all departments have become nationally
accredited, the diversity of faculty and students has increased, community
service learning programs in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood
and in Ghana have been established, and a $70-million center for the arts
has been planned. One of Dr. Fox’s goals was to involve, meaningfully,
Miami’s 16,000 students in the arts. She designed and has taught
a course, “Experiencing the Arts,” taken by hundreds of students
each year. An “Arts for All” program doubled student attendance
In addition to her extensive and demanding academic duties, Dr. Fox
played a key role in Miami’s continuing efforts to maintain and
enhance its position as one of the top universities in the country. She
served as the provost’s special assistant for strategic planning
and as chair of a university-wide council developing ambitious goals to
mark Miami’s bicentennial in 2009. Miami is a national leader among
public universities that emphasize undergraduate education while providing
significant graduate and research programs. In 2002, Dr. Fox was named
assistant vice president of planning for Miami.
Dr. Fox has written widely about her research — on 18th-century
composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, a son of Johann Sebastian Bach, and
on music in Boston at the turn of the last century — and other topics.
She also has presented scholarly papers throughout this country and abroad.
After studying the evolution of C.P.E. Bach’s handwriting and the
physical structure of his scores, she re-dated more than a quarter of
his compositions and posed a new interpretation of his stylistic development.
Her book, Sonatas from Manuscript Sources. C.P.E. Bach: The Collected
Works, Series I. Volume 6.5, is being published by the Packard
Humanities Institut in collaboration with the Bach-Archiv Leipzig and
Harvard University. Through a second book, Cultural Counterpoint: Musical
Life in Boston 1890-1920, Dr. Fox is recreating through oral histories
and documents, a period when music “in tenements, Symphony Hall,
and vaudeville” — written and performed by Bostonians of different
ethnic groups and class origins — “resonated harmoniously.”
Dr. Fox is a member of professional organizations, including the Society
for American Music, formerly chairing its national fundraising committee.
She has been a consultant or examiner for the National Endowment for the
Humanities and Yale University Press among others. She is married to Dan
Layman, senior director of development in Miami University's Office of
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