Performing Arts Section 2022 Election Candidates

2022 Election: Candidate Statements


Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2022 Performing Arts Section election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice.

You will be voting for:

  • One Co-chair, for a two-year term; and
  • Two Steering Committee members (one for a one-year term, through 2023, and the other for a two-year term, through 2024) 

The ballot is now open through August 12, 2022, and every PAS member's vote counts!  The ballot is available under your SAA user profile or via this link

Co-Chair Candidate

Ashley Minnich
Data Analyst & Technology Manager, Colorado State University Pueblo

Ashley has been serving her local performing arts community in Pueblo, Colorado for over 10 years in a variety of capacities. As a volunteer for multiple theatre companies and arts organizations, she has served in roles ranging from performer, to spotlight operator, to backstage manager, to assistant director and is passionate about providing quality performance experiences and enhancing the status of performing arts in her community. She served as the Administrative Assistant for the Sangre de Cristo School of Dance and Sangre de Cristo Ballet Company for over four years, managing all administrative tasks and assisting the artistic director which provided an opportunity to deepen her understanding of dance as a storytelling tool and performative art. During her time as an Administrative Assistant, she single-handedly took on the additional project of organizing and cataloging the department’s costume collection of over 2,000 pieces to improve findability and usability for stakeholders. Though Ashley has since moved on to other positions outside of the performing arts, becoming first a Program & Outreach Specialist at her local library and now serving as a Data Analyst & Technology Manager at Colorado State University Pueblo, she maintains a deep passion for the performing arts and still volunteers with local theatre companies whenever she has the time. Ashley’s prior professional position and community service in the field of performing arts led her to the Performing Arts Section of SAA, but her leadership experiences and expertise as a generalist are what makes her a strong candidate for the position of Steering Committee Member for the section. Ashley is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, with a focus in special libraries, special collections, and archives. She plans to graduate in 2023. She currently holds leadership positions in two student chapters through her university, serving as the Secretary for the Special Libraries Association Student Chapter and the Webmaster for the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter and she is currently working with both teams to develop annual projects that will develop a stronger sense of community within and outside of the student chapter. Should PAS still need a secretary for the upcoming year, Ashley has been successfully serving on the secretary team for SLASC for over a year and is well equipped to take on this responsibility. Ashley looks forward to developing and working on whatever projects the PAS has in store for the upcoming year. She has years of prior experience in managing webpages, creating newsletters and reports, and planning large-scale events at non-profit institutions, universities, and student organizations and is excited to bring this experience to the PAS. She is excited for the opportunity to meet and work with other archivists and professionals who are passionate about the performing arts and archiving and preserving this art form, and thanks the current Steering Committee for considering her for this role.

Steering Committee Member Candidates

The following candidates are running for the section steering committee:

Juliette Appold
Head of the Music Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) of the Library of Congress

I am the Head of the Music Section at the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) of the Library of Congress, where I lead a team of music librarians who provide Music Reader Services. The services to blind and print disabled patrons include reference, circulation of braille music scores, digital audio books on music instruction and music appreciation in physical and digital formats. I oversee the largest braille music score library in the world, the publication of weekly blogs by the Music Section (link), the production of accessible music magazines and the digitization of braille scores.

I completed my MLIS with specialization in Digital Libraries in 2015 from Rutgers University (4.0/4.0) with honors. I hold a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Marburg in Germany, a Master’s degree from Leipzig University, a teaching degree from the University of Paderborn and a Bachelor of Music degree from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN. I am an ACA "certified archivist." I have processed and assisted processing archival collections at the University of Pennsylvania, the Library of Congress, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Princeton University Libraries. During my information science studies I was the President of Rutgers’ Special Library Association (RUSLA) Student Chapter and of the Student Organization for Unique and Rare Collections Everywhere (SOURCE). I was awarded an SLA scholarship and was inducted into the Beta Phi Mu Honor Society. I recently completed three leadership courses from the Harvard Business School Online and earned a Certificate of Specialization in Leadership and Management. I am currently the president of the Women's Forum at the Library of Congress' Professional Association, and a Director-at-Large for Beta Phi Mu.

Among my publications are a dissertation on Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, editions of his correspondence published by Bärenreiter Verlag, editions of Maurice Ravel chamber music, articles and blogs on composers, musicians, and accessible music materials from NLS. I presented at conferences on topics of music, digital libraries, and on NLS services. I am interested in leadership, DEIA topics, education, the arts, and in providing digital access to information.

Elizabeth K. Batiuk
Curator of Performing Arts Collections, Vanderbilt University 

I have a Master of Science in Information (2021) and a PhD in ethnomusicology (2015), both from the University of Michigan. I have experience as a performer (classical guitar) and have taught and researched topics in music of the African diaspora, the history of American music, and folkloric performance in Cuba. An example of my research is available here. My current work is at the intersection of digital preservation, cultural heritage, and anti-racism. I approach the work of archiving and curation in a reparative capacity to advance inclusive description and expand access to hidden voices, marginalized histories, people, and ideas. As a White person, I have led an anti-racism reading group in my community and have researched and presented on reparative archival practice. My broader experience as an archivist includes work with the Music Time in Africa Archive, the Smithsonian Learning Pathways, and the Leo and Mary Sarkisian Collection at the University of Michigan. As of July 11, 2022, I am excited and honored to join Vanderbilt University as the Curator of Performing Arts Collections with a mandate for conducting reparative descriptive projects and a collaboration with the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. I bring knowledge of metadata, digital preservation, and current practices in reparative archival practice and anti-racist description to the committee. 

Jane Cross
Music Archivist, Library of Congress

I am an archivist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Previously I served as chief librarian at the United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. I earned a bachelors degree in music and English at the University of Tennessee, and a masters degree in library science at the University of Maryland. Most recently, I earned my Digital Archives Specialist certificate through SAA in 2021 and attended the Archives Leadership Institute in 2022.

I would not be where I am today without SAA. The organization has provided me with so much information and a valuable network, in large part through the Performing Arts Section. I initially began “giving back” by serving for three years on the Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award subcommittee, and being a mentor in the MARAC Mentoring Program. Serving PAS will help me continue my commitment to service and helping others succeed and grow.

Arianne Johnson Quinn
Music Special Collections Librarian, Florida State University

Candidate statement: My professional experienced combines the perspectives of archivist, librarian, university faculty member, and scholar. I have worked with the Noël Coward Archive Trust since 2017, and am now the Music Special Collections Librarian at Florida State. Because my work spans archives in two countries, I understand the unique challenges for performing arts institutions, particularly in a post-Covid era. SAA has provided me with opportunities and support as I sought professional development and career advice, and I desire to provide the same for those working in the area of performing arts. I believe that as a member of the steering committee I could provide support and insight into these challenges and it would be a privilege to serve in this capacity.

Bio: Dr. Arianne Johnson Quinn is an archivist, librarian, and scholar. She is currently the Music Special Collections Librarian at the Warren D. Allen Music Library, Florida State University. She holds the Ph.D. in Musicology from Princeton University, and has worked as Digital Archivist and Research Associate for the Noël Coward Archive Trust and now works as a volunteer consultant to the Archive. She has been on the faculty of the Florida State Honors Program, South Georgia State College and Tallahassee Community College. Her research focuses on the intersections between the American and British musical in London’s West End from 1920-1970, particularly the works of Noël Coward, Kurt Weill, Lerner and Loewe, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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