Mary Elizabeth Saurman, M.A.

Senior Ethnomusicology and Arts Consultant


  • Ph.D. (Candidate), Musicology, Bern University, Bern Switzerland, 2014–
  • M.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Intercultural Communications and Ethnomusicology, Wheaton Graduate School, 1992
  • B.S. (Summa Cum Laude), Music Therapy, Slippery Rock State University (PA), 1982

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Ethnomusicology and Arts Consultant, SIL International, 2012–2016, 2017–
  • Board Member, Careport Counseling Services, Washington, USA, 2015–
  • Board Member, the WELL Counseling Services, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2007–
  • Guest Lecturer, Payap University, Thailand, 2005–
  • Ethnomusicology and Arts Coordinator, SIL Asia Area, 2000–
  • Guest Lecturer and Thesis Advisor, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, 1996–
  • Ethnomusicology and Arts Consultant, SIL Mainland Southeast Asia Group, 1994–
  • Member Care assignment, SIL Mainland Southeast Asia Group, 1994–

Other professional experience and service

  • Master Facilitator, Trauma Healing, 2016–
  • International Ethnomusicology and Arts Consultant, 2010–2011
  • Visiting Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (TX), 1999
  • Curriculum Developer, SIL Ethnomusicology special task force (TX), 1994
  • Creative Arts Therapist (Education and Life Skill Development), private practice with handicapped and mentally challenged (PA and IL), 1984–1993
  • Creative Arts Therapist (Music and Dance/Movement), Intern Supervisor and Training Supervisor, Philhaven Psychiatric Hospital (PA), 1985–1990
  • Music Therapist, Geriatric and Alzheimer Care Facilities (PA), 1983–1985

Professional memberships

  • International Council for Traditional Music, 2011–
  • International Council of Ethnodoxologists, 2006–
  • Society for Ethnomusicology, 1993–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Thai: ILR 3

Research interests

  • Applied ethnomusicology and arts
  • Arts in multilingual education and language development
  • Arts in community development
  • Poetic form, discourse song form, and tone analysis
  • Revitalization
  • Asia
  • Arts analysis