Photo credit: Molly Papows

Photo credit: Molly Papows


Jayme Kurland is a musicologist and museum professional with over a decade of professional experience.

Jayme has spent her career working in musical instrument collections.  She is the inaugural Robbin Collection Music Cataloger at Georgetown University Libraries, working with a collection of over 900 music manuscripts and letters of composers. She also teaches “Musics of the World” as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. Additionally, she volunteers with the musical instruments and scientific research departments at the Library of Congress.  From 2013 to 2017, Jayme was the Curatorial Research Fellow in Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. While in graduate school, she worked as the Assistant Art Coordinator for the ASU College of Public Programs and helped catalog and install their permanent collection, and temporary exhibitions. From 2009 to 2011, Jayme worked at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ as a curatorial assistant, as well as the concert artist logistics coordinator in their music theater.

Jayme's research interests are diverse, and she has presented her work at international conferences and museum programs, and has had her research featured by the Smithsonian Magazine online. Her research interests include music and the Holocaust, music in Afghanistan, issues of de-colonization, and most recently, 20th century industrial design in musical instruments including guitars, accordions, harmonicas, and pianos. Jayme wrote her master's thesis on Mark Brunswick and the National Committee for Refugee Musicians, and their work aided European Jewish musicians during World War Two.

Jayme is a board member of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS), from which she won the Frederick R. Selch Award for Best Student Paper at the 2011 AMIS annual meeting in Colonial Williamsburg. She also received AMIS’s William E. Gribbon Award for Student Travel in 2010 and 2011. As a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, she founded and chairs the Organology (musical instruments) Special Interest Group, and serves at the AMIS official SEM liaison. She is a member of the Society for American Music, and ICOM-CIMCIM. She also serves on the Advisory Board for UCLA’s World Musical Instrument Collection.

Jayme was raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  She studied music history and viola performance at the University of Oregon, and earned a master's degree in Music History and Literature from Arizona State University.    A classically trained violist, Kurland has performed in Tempe Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She is also a trained baroque violist, and has been a member of Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and University of Oregon's Collegium Musicum.  She enjoys playing chamber music, and is currently learning to fiddle.  In her spare time, she makes block prints and loves to visit the National Parks.  Jayme resides in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband Jeff Moran, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at George Mason University (and bassist), and their rescue cat Agnes DeMille.