Public Musicologist and Gershwin scholar, Ryan Raul Bañagale is an Assistant Professor of music at Colorado College where he offers classes on a range of American music topics, including musical theatre, jazz, popular music, bluegrass, and media studies. He received his PhD at Harvard University with the support of the American Musicological Society’s AMS-50 and Howard Mayer Brown fellowships. His dissertation became the foundation of his first book Arranging Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and the Creation of an American Icon published by Oxford University Press in 2014. As a member of the editorial board of the George Gershwin Critical Edition, he will be editing four separate arrangements of Rhapsody in Blue. A strong proponent of making musicology accessible to non-academic audiences, he is co-host of the monthly radio program Critical Karaoke: A Show About Music and the Ideas it Inspires as well as a daily two-minute module called A Day in the Life. Both programs can be accessed at CriticalKaraoke.com. Most recently he co-organized the Billy Joel Conference at Colorado College.