Contact Us

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

Phone: 408-808-2058

Email: beethovencenter@sjsu.edu 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
5th Floor - Room 580
150 E San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA 95112


Beethoven Center Staff

Dr. Erica Buurman, Director

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erica.buurman@sjsu.edu | 408-808-2426

Dr. Erica Buurman is Director of the Beethoven Center and editor of The Beethoven Journal and the Beethoven Newsletter. The Beethoven Journal is a scholarly journal devoted to new research on Beethoven while the Newsletter is dedicated to all topics relating to Beethoven. Contact Dr. Buurman with inquiries about the administration of the Beethoven Center, scheduling of concerts and other events, major donations to the Center, and submissions to The Beethoven Journal.   

Patricia Stroh, Curator

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patricia.stroh@sjsu.edu |  408-808-2059

Patricia Stroh has been Curator at the Beethoven Center since 1986. Contact Patricia with inquiries regarding research visits to the Center, reference assistance, scheduling classes in the Center, use of the Center's collection, and access to the Beethoven Gateway.

Eric Gjovaag, Public Service Coordinator 

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eric.gjovaag@sjsu.edu | 408-808-2056 

Eric Gjovaag is our Public Service Coordinator and has been with the Beethoven Center for the past ten years. Contact Eric to schedule group tours and inquiries about institutional subscriptions to The Beethoven Journal.

Janice Zelaya, Administrative Support Coordinator

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janice.zelaya@sjsu.edu |  408-808-2058 

Janice Zelaya is the Administrative Assistant for the Beethoven and Steinbeck Centers and is in charge of assisting with day-to-day operations. Contact Janice if you have any general questions about the center. 


Volunteer Docents

Photo of Dr. Richard Sogg at piano

Volunteer docents are available to give tours and answer questions during the Center's open hours.

Dr. Richard Sogg (pictured above) demonstrates the historical keyboard instruments on Tuesdays from 2:00-2:45 p.m.

(Note: Tours and demonstrations are cancelled until further notice.) 


American Beethoven Society Staff

The Beethoven Center is also the headquarters for the American Beethoven Society and provides office space for the following staff:

  • Kitten Russell, Executive Director of the American Beethoven Society
  • Brian Holmes, President of the American Beethoven Society
  • Tom Bailey, Membership Secretary of the American Beethoven Society
  • Shirley George, Volunteer Bookkeeper

Visit the American Beethoven Society website or contact Tom Bailey if you have questions about membership.


Student Assistants

  • Dulce Hernandez is a senior pursuing her undergraduate degree.

Other Volunteers

  • Fred Saunders is organizing the files of journal articles for the Beethoven Gateway project and assisting with our ongoing inventory and database maintenance projects.