Anne Gefell managed the Department of Music’s office and its staff until her untimely death in September, 2017. On any given day, she handled payroll, spoke with prospective students and their parents, investigated leaks and other building problems, and managed the staff in the department. Gefell was also responsible for departmental budgeting and finances and for academic administration, including course scheduling and classroom assignments.
Gefell was a member of the seven-member steering committee of academic department administrators of Arts & Sciences at the University. She managed the Alice M. Ditson Fund, a grant program that supports performances and recordings of works by American composers, and sat on the advisory board of the department’s journal, Current Musicology. Founded in 1965, it is the oldest musicology journal run by graduate students in the country."
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