Contact Us

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

Phone: 408-808-2058


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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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 and major donations to the Center.   

Patricia Stroh, Curator

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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 is our Public Service Coordinator and has been with the Beethoven Center for the past ten years. Contact Eric in regards to scheduling and events, as well as any general questions you may have.

Janice Zelaya, Administrative Support Coordinator

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Janice Zelaya is the Administrative Support Coordinator 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. 

Peter Adams, Bill Palmer, and Douglas Tomm are currently the Beethoven Center's volunteers.

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 Wednesdays from 2:00-2:45 p.m.

American Beethoven Society Staff

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

  • Karin Brock, Administrator of the American Beethoven Society
  • Paul Ellison, President of the American Beethoven Society
  • Benjamin Bregman, Treasurer of the American Beethoven Society
  • Brian Holmes, Membership Secretary of the American Beethoven Society
  • Janice Zelaya, Bookkeeper of the American Beethoven Society

Visit the American Beethoven Society website or contact Bonnie Bamburg if you have questions about membership.

Student Assistants

  • Dyanne Wong is the current student assistant for the Beethoven Center.