Emily Pinkerton

Assistant Professor, Music Industry (Songwriting/Composition)


Ph.DEthnomusicologyThe University of Texas at Austin
M.MEthnomusicologyThe University of Texas at Austin
B.A.Music, Spanish, FrenchButler University

Professional Experience

  • Songwriter, Arranger, Performer (Voice, Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo) — The Early Mays, 2012-Present
  • Roster Artist with Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour — 2010-2013
  • Instructor of Ethnomusicology — The University of Pittsburgh, 2007-2017
  • Director of Music — First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, 2006-2018
  • Education Consultant and Instructor — Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, 2006-2007

Teaching Interests

Songwriting, World Music, Latin American Music, Old-Time Music and Dance, Folk Revivals, Music and Gender

Research/Creative Works


  • Rounder Songs,Emily Pinkerton, Patrick Burke and NOW Ensemble,New Amsterdam Records2017
  • Chase the Sun, The Early Mays, Bird on the Wing Records, August, 2017
  • The Early Mays, The Early Mays, Bird on the Wing Records, 2014
  • Ends of the Earth, Emily Pinkerton, Green Jeans Records, 2012
  • Out Under the Sky,The Early Mays, Bird on the Wing Records, 2012

Reviews and performances

  • National reviews and features on WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer, Textura, NoDepression and PopMatters —November 2017-January 2018
  • Recent performances at NPR’s Mountain Stage, Appalachian String Band Music Festival,National Sawdust, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series, Tutti Festival


  • Latin American Music Review,review ofAquí me pongo a cantar… El Arte payadoresco deArgentina y Uruguayby Ercilia Moreno Chá (Fall 2018)
  • A Latin American Music Reader: Views from the South, Translation of “Indigenous Music and Identity: Musical Spaces of Urban Mapuche Communities”by Jorge Martínez Ulloa (University of Illinois Press, 2016)
  • Soundscapes from the Americas: Ethnomusicological Essays on the Power, Poetics andOntology of Performance,“Feminine Flowers among the Thistles: Gendered Boundaries of Performance in Chilean Canto a lo Poeta” (Routledge/Ashgate, 2014)
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,Entries on “Nueva Canción,” “Violeta Parra,” and“Victor Jara” (2014)