As the head of the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound I manage a wonderful team, oversee our collections (print, audiovisual, digital, and archival), and provide support for research into music of all times and places. I have a research background in ethnomusicology with a focus on Jewish music and experimental music in New York City and Mexico City. Before arriving at Stanford Libraries in 2021 I taught at Wellesley College, Harvard, and NYU.

Current Role at Stanford

Head Librarian, Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound.

Education & Certifications

  • MLIS, Long Island University, Library and Information Science
  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ethnomusicology
  • BMus, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Piano Performance


  • Julius Hemphill : Composer, New York University Division of Libraries

    A website created in 2019–2020 to support new recordings, performances, editions, and interpretations of Hemphill’s music. The site's Annotated Composition List encompasses Hemphill’s entire compositional corpus as it is known to date, including published scores, works in manuscript (sourced to the Julius Hemphill Papers at NYU), and works found on archival or commercial recordings,


    70 Washington Square South, New York, NY


    • Marty Ehrlich, Researcher, New York University
    • Brian Fairley, Research assistant, New York University

All Publications

  • ‘We Began from Silence’: Toward a Genealogy of Free Improvisation in Mexico City: Atrás del Cosmos at Teatro El Galeón, 1975–1977 Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives from Latin America Barzel, T. edited by Herrera, E., Madrid, A., Alonso Minutti, A. Oxford University Press. 2018: 189–226
  • New York Noise: Radical Jewish Music and the Downtown Scene Barzel, T. Indiana University Press. 2015
  • Subsidy/Advocacy/Theory: Experimental Music in the Academy, New York City and Beyond People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now Barzel, T. edited by Heble, A., Wallace, R. Duke University Press. 2013: 153–65