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Wednesday May 26, 2021  2PM EASTERN
Virtual Orientation to the Performing Arts Reading Room - Library of Congress


This will be an exciting and informative tour of the beautiful Music Division within the Library of Congress. Our expert guides for this insider's tour will be Melissa Wertheimer, Music Reference Specialist, and Caitlin Miller, who has been a Reference Specialist in the Music Division of the Library of  Congress since 2009.  The session will be moderated by ACB past board member Col. (Ret.) Thomas Rotondi.



Cait Miller has been a Reference Specialist in the Music Division of the Library of Congress since 2009 and is thrilled to work at an institution that hosts the world’s largest music collection, where every day presents new mysteries and findings. In 2006 Cait received her B.A. in Music from Colby College and then in 2008, graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC with an M.A. in Musicology and an M.S. in Library Science. Cait hasn’t quite had enough of school yet, so she returned to Catholic University in 2010 to enroll in a PhD program in Musicology. Cait is a member of the American Musicological Society as well as the Music Library Association, where she serves as co-chair of the Women in Music Roundtable. Her involvement with the Women in Music Roundtable reflects Cait’s interest in women composers and gender issues in music. In addition to studying and researching music, Cait is also a proud member of The Washington Chorus.

mwer Melissa Wertheimer joined the Library of Congress as a Music Reference Specialist in 2018. She strives to share primary sources with all music lovers and to contextualize musical sources with those of the arts and humanities. Melissa is also a flutist and new music specialist, and formerly held adjunct teaching positions at Johns Hopkins University and Howard Community College in Maryland. Melissa serves as Archivist of the Music Library Association, and has given archives presentations at MLA, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, the Hammond-Harwood House of Annapolis, the Hillwood Museum, and the Walters Art Museum. She has also been an education panelist at the New Music Gathering. Melissa holds a M.L.I.S. in Archives and Digital Curation from the University of Maryland, a M.M. in Piccolo from the Peabody Institute, and a B.M. in Flute from Ithaca College. Outside the Library, Melissa admires everything in Art Deco style.

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