Bio
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Professional Experience
Associate Curator | National Music Museum | Vermillion, SD | February 2018 – Present
Research Fellow | The Preservation Society of Newport County | Newport, RI | September 2017 – August 2018
Document the manifestation of musical instruments in the decorative arts and architectural holdings of the PSNC properties
Explore the existence of musical instruments and musical motifs as elements of the built environment within the context of Gilded Age Newport homes and turn-of-the-century decorative arts development
Curate historically appropriate, rights-cleared playlists for use in annual Christmas at the Newport Mansions displays
Coordinate and inform the conservation, reinstallation, and re-interpretation of the PSNC's irreplaceable 16th century Tiefenbrucker chitarrone
Consultant | Museum of Fine Arts Boston | Department of Musical Instruments | Boston, MA | August 2017
Constructed custom preservation housing for collections within the department of musical instruments
Utilized appropriate conservation-grade materials and techniques for long-term storage of multi-medium, three-dimensional objects
Imaging Project Specialist | Davison Art Center | Middletown, CT | June 2017 – July 2017
Processed image files and project metadata under an IMLS-funded grant (MA-30-14-0334-14) to perform dSLR-based rapid capture digitization of works on paper, primarily 19th century American prints
Handled all post-capture processing including capture QC, preservation master creation, derivative preparation and creation, and other associated tasks
Operated within a fully color-managed workflow while assuring technical adherence to FADGI and Metamorfoze standards for all captures
Imported and checked surrogate images and associated metadata in DAC's EmbARK collection management system
Graduate Assistant | National Music Museum | Vermillion, SD | August 2015 – May 2017
Assisted at all practical levels of museum operations, including but not limited to: object storage and handling, collections cataloging, provenance research, exhibit installation and planning, keyboard instrument tuning, object cleaning, archival digitization, library management, customer service, and group/individual tours. Large projects included:
Cataloged 300+ objects under an IMLS funded Digital Access Enhancement Initiative project alongside cataloging of new and back-logged acquisitions
​Worked directly with staff photographer in the imaging and post-processing of new and legacy collections photographs
Worked directly with staff conservator in condition reporting and rehousing collections across a variety of media 
Developed, wrote, and implemented institutional IPM policy and database
Junior Fellow | Library of Congress | Music Division | Washington DC | May 2016 – August 2016
Analyzed archival photographs and audio recordings from the Leonard Bernstein Collection in preparation for the 2017 Bernstein Centennial celebrations and associated LoC Bernstein online re-launch. Coordinated with the Office of Recorded Sound and Digital Projects Division the digitization and processing of suitable audio recordings and photographs into web and user-friendly constituents, tagging metadata for copyright management, establishing formatting and content guidelines for published collection materials, and generating suitable search organization within the framework of the pre-existing finding aid. 
Reviewed ~7,000 images for project suitability
Identified, selected, digitized, and tagged metadata for over 250 newly determined fair-use photographs to align with the archival content and expanded topics of the updated Bernstein website
Processed, annotated, and time-coded over 50 hours of digitized audio recordings from the Bernstein Collection, ranging from home-recordings of family events to lectures and musical rehearsals with world-renowned orchestras
​Arne B. Larson Intern | National Music Museum | Vermillion, SD | May 2014 – August 2014
Completed independent research project to create a digital, textual, and photographic archive of the trombone production of Frank Holton & Co. The resulting archive is the most complete record of an American trombone manufacturer to date, and continues to be expanded through ongoing research and refinement. 
Cataloged and photographed 72 trombones from the Holton Factory Reference Collection
Digitized over 1,000 trombone-related items from the Holton Archives in formats ranging from merchandise pamphlets to 1:1 scale technical drafts
Created comprehensive timeline of trombone model production by the Holton Company from 1898-2008
Education
University of South Dakota | Vermillion, SD | May 2017
Master of Music with Specialization in the History of Musical Instruments
         Thesis: ​"The Bass Trombone in the United States and the Emergence of a Distinct, American-style Instrument: 1755-1940" 

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi | Corpus Christi, TX | May 2015
Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a Minor in Biology, Cum Laude, with Honors
         Honors Thesis: “Sliding Through History: The Trombones of Frank Holton & Co.”
         Bachelor of Arts Capstone: “A Striking Evolution: Mechanical Developments in Keyboard Design, from the Monochord to the
         Fortepiano”
Publications and Presentations
Pillow, Byron. "Touching the Untouchable: Facilitating interpretation through musical instrument virtualization." Paper at the ICOM/CIMCIM conference Playing and Operating: Functionality in Museum Objects and Instruments. Paris, France: February, 2020.

———. "The Kingscote Chitarrone and Stanford White's Musical Legacy." Paper at the research symposium of The Preservation Society of Newport County. Newport, RI: August, 2018. 

———. "Mid-Century Fraud, American Murder, and the King's Forgotten Lute." Paper presentation at the meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society. Bethlehem, PA: May, 2018.

———. "Modern Modularity: The Rise of the Component Trombone." Paper presentation at the joint AMIS/Galpin Society Conference. Edinburgh: June 2017.

———. "New Selections from the Leonard Bernstein Collection." Multimedia display presentation at the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Display Day. Washington, DC: July 27, 2016.

———. "Slides and valves on trombones? - Oh, My!" National Music Museum Newsletter (Summer 2016).

———. “Expanding the Records of Holton Trombone Production: Interviews with Factory Personnel.” Poster presentation at University of South Dakota IdeaFest 2016. Vermillion: March 2016.

———. “Preeminent Prototypes: Instruments from the Holton Factory Reference Collection.” Journal of the International Trombone Association 44 no. 2 (January 2016): 38-42.
Awards and Grants
International Tuba Euphonium Association | June 2019
Finalist - Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research

American Musical Instrument Society | June 2017
The William E. Gribbon Award for Student Travel 

University of South Dakota | Spring 2016
Graduate Research and Creative Grant

Texas A&M University Corpus Christ Honors Program | May 2015
Outstanding Student of the Year Award

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi School of Arts, Media, and Communication | April 2015
Excellence in Scholarship Award

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia | April 2015
Scholastic Award
Volunteer Experience
Facebook Administrator | The American Musical Instrument Society | September 2017 – Present
An international organization founded in 1971 to promote better understanding of all aspects of the history, design, construction, restoration, and usage of musical instruments in all cultures and from all periods.
Manage content postings and social media presence for organizational Facebook page. 
Analyze page metrics and visitation to further adapt AMIS online outreach.

Music Director, Historian | Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia | August 2014 – January 2015
National music fraternity aimed to instill in all people an awareness of music’s important role in the enrichment of the human spirit.                                                                                                       
Led members of the Rho Epsilon chapter chorus Mills Music Missions: good-will performances at local nursing homes, retirement communities, and hospitals. 
Photographically documented chapter activities, events, and other functions.

Volunteer Coordinator | Sharkathon | August 2011 – October 2014
Largest surf-fishing tournament in the world, held annually on Texas' Padre Island National Seashore.  
Oversaw recruiting and organization of 25-50 volunteers to assist with all operational aspects of an annual, research driven, for-charity surf-fishing tournament. Proceeds benefitted local institutions such as the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, the Friends of Padre Island, and the National Parks Service.
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