Staff of the Beethoven Center

Dr. Erica Buurman, DirectorDr. Erica Buurman, Director

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, CuratorPatricia Stroh, Curator

Patricia Stroh has been Curator 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.
(408) 808-2059

Eric Gjovaag Public Services Coordinator

Eric Gjovaag, Public Service Coordinator 

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. 
(408) 808-2056  

Janice Zelaya, Administrative AssistantJanice Zelaya, Admin. Support Coordinator

Janice Zelaya is the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Beethoven and Steinbeck Centers and is in charge of assisting with the day-to-day operations. Contact Janice if you have any general questions about the center.
(408) 808-2058

Volunteer Docents

Dr. Richard Sogg

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

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


Tom BaileyAmerican 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 is the Executive Director of the American Beethoven Society.

Brian Holmes is President of the American Beethoven Society.

Tom Bailey is Membership Secretary of the American Beethoven Society. His interests also include orchids, wines, and golf. Contact Tom if you have questions about membership or visit the society website.

Shirley George is the volunteer bookkeeper.

Student Assistants

Dulce Hernandez is a sophmore pursuing her undergraduate degree.

Other Volunteers

Uwe Wrede is indexing and translating German-language materials for the Beethoven Gateway project.

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