Michael Broyles was Distinguished Professor Music, Professor of American History, and Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities at Penn State. He is the author of six books, Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music (Yale University Press, 2004)“Music of the Highest Class”: Elitism and Populism in Antebellum Boston (Yale University Press, 1992), A Yankee Musician in Europe: the 1837 Journals of Lowell Mason (UMI Research Press, 1990), The Emergence and Evolution of Beethoven’s Heroic Style (Excelsior Press [Gordon and Breach], 1987), and, with Denise Von Glahn of Florida State University, a critical edition of Leo Ornstein's Quintette for Piano and Strings, for the series Music in the United States of America, (MUSA, 2005) and a biography, Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices (Indiana University Press, 2007). He has published many articles, in journals such as Musical Quarterly, American Music, Nineteenth-Century Music, Music Review, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of the Society for American Music,as well as four in The Journal of the American Musicological Society, and has contributed chapters to several other books. His primary research interests are the classic era, particularly Beethoven, and American music. He is active in professional societies and is currently President of the Society for American Music. His current scholarly work focuses on the role of music in American culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Broyles has an M. M. in music theory and a Ph. D. in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin, and he has received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.