Todd W. Saurman, Ph.D.

Senior Ethnomusicology and Arts Consultant


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Social Sciences, Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2013
  • Master of Arts (with honors), Ethnomusicology & Intercultural Studies, Wheaton Graduate School, Wheaton IL, U.S.A. 1991
  • Master of Arts credits in Applied Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, U.S.A. 1993
  • Bachelor of Science (with honors),Music Therapy, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, U.S.A.1983
  • Associate Degree (with honors), Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA U.S.A. 1979

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Ethnomusicology and Arts Consultant, SIL International, 2014 - 
  • Ethnoarts Coordinator, SIL Asia (2000 - present)

Other professional experience and service

  • Ethnomusicologist, Mainland Southeast Asia Group, SIL International (1994-present)
  • Music Therapist, Philhaven Mental Health Facility (1983-1989)
  • Piano Tuner Technician, Self-employed (1977-1983)

Professional memberships

  • International Council for Traditional Music (2011 to present)
  • Society of Ethnomusicology (1993-present)

Language proficiencies

  • English (ILR 5)
  • Thai (ILR 2+)

Research interests

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Music & Culture Revitalization
  • Culture Change
  • Language Development
  • Minorities Music
  • Applied Ethnomusicology
41/5 Soi Sailom, Phahol Yothin Road
Samsennai, Phayathai
Bangkok 10400