• Educator and manager with 15 years of experience in higher education.

  • Experienced in program design, curriculum development, organizing and implementing projects.

  • Track record of working effectively with faculty, student, staff, administrative, and community groups.

  • Created and taught successful workshops as well as online and in-person classes.

  • Ten years of experience directing the Jack Stone Award for New Music, including budget, travel, communications, recruitment, and advertising.

Academic positions

Centralia College, Assistant Professor of Music - 2015 -  

  • Department head overseeing the scheduling and design of music classes at Centralia College, managing 7-9 adjunct instructors

  • Curriculum design and review for music department

  • Instructor for all music theory and aural skills courses

  • Course designer and instructor for online second-year music theory courses, online Music Appreciation, and online History of American Music

  • Applied Piano and Applied Composition Instructor

  • Faculty advisor to music majors and to Pro Musica, the student music club, which includes the college's Pep Band

  • Develop donor relations

  • Oversaw the purchase and installation of brand new digital piano lab

  • Design marketing materials for all music department programming, including both print and social media campaigns

  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer for eLearning Department, 2017-2019

  • Schedule all concerts and events for the music department

  • Perform on quarterly faculty recitals and with the resident orchestra

  • Pilates instructor

Syracuse University

Adjunct Instructor, Physical Education Department - 2015


Northwest Vista College: Associate Professor of music  2011 - 2014; Assistant Professor of music 2007 - 2011; Adjunct Instructor of Kinesiology and Humanities - 2006 - 2014; Instructor of music  2003 - 2007; Adjunct instructor of music 2002 - 2003

  • Curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Music Theory and Aural Skills sequence as well as Music Fundamentals.

  • Taught group and private piano and composition. Designed the digital piano lab and selected pianos for the music department. Served on the planning committee for the Palmetto Center for the Arts.

  • Designer for online sections of Music Fundamentals and Music Appreciation

  • Sole Pilates Instructor from 2011 - 2014. Taught Core Conditioning for Dancers fall 2013

  • Designed both the on-campus and online versions of Humanities 1315, a course that incorporates the study of music, visual art, dance, drama, literature and film

  • Advised students and saw many through to successful transfers to 4-year institutions

  • Created the Jack Stone Award for New Music, now in its tenth year. Past winners have successfully completed graduate degrees in composition, scored films, and much more.

  • Directed concert choir from 2002 until 2004

University of Texas at Austin, Teaching Assistant - November 2006 - May 2007

  • Developed brand new course in collaboration with Dean of School of Music and another graduate assistant

  • Researched and located reading materials for course

  • Facilitated online learning and instruction and conducted break out sections.

United States Peace Corps, Namibia, Lower Primary Teacher Trainer - August 1998 - November 2000

  • Tutored teachers to successful completion of correspondence certification programs,

  • Facilitated over 150 workshops on learner centered education and critical thinking.

Yale School of Music, Teaching Assistant - September 1996 - May 1998

  • Taught composition as a secondary instrument, Graduate Aural skills teaching assistant


At Centralia College:

  • Faculty Senate secretary (2018-2019); Diversity Committee (2015 - present); Faculty Tenure Committee (2018-2019); External Scholarship Review Committee (2017 - present); Pro Musica Advisor (2015 - present)

  • Chair, Music, Fine Arts, Drama, Speech Communications and Media Studies, 2018- 2019

  • Hiring committees: Drama Faculty, Director of Foundation

At Northwest Vista College: 

Grade Appeals committee (2013 - 2014); Promotion Appeals committee (2012 - 2014); Faculty Senate (Senator 2013 - 2014; President 2011- 2012; Vice President, 2010 - 2011; Secretary, 2009 - 2010; Parliamentarian, 2008 - 2009); Performance Excellence Team (2010 - 2011); Friends of the Arts at NVC (FANS) board (2010 - 2014); Fine and Performing Arts Committee (Chair, 2010 -2011; member 2006 - 2010); Honors Committee (2009 - 2010); Travel Committee (2008 - 2010); Leadership Development Team (2008 - 2009); Writing Across the Curriculum (2004 - 2014); Facilities Planning (2004 - 2006 ); Women's History Month (2003); Bright Ideas (2003 - 2004); Hiring Committees: Humanities, Drama, Music; Recreational Sports and Wellness (2005-2006)


Awards and Grants

  • Apple Orange Pair commissioning project, 2011 - 2012

  • Yale AlumniVentures grant, 2009

  • Judith Lang Zaimont Award, IAWM 2008 (Witch Hunt)

  • "Untitled" (lithograph) selected for Tippecanoe Arts Federation Juried Exhibit,2002

  • Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize, 1998

  • Irving S. Gilmore Fellowship Recipient, 1996-98

Publications, Performances, and Presentations

Upcoming: “Afterlife”, “Creosote”, and “Family Bristle” to be premiered at SA24 concert, September, 2019, San Antonio, TX

"Mixed and Flipped: Integrating Aural Skills, Sight Singing, and Music Theory in the modern college classroom" Lightning talk, presented at 2017 College Music Society National Conference, San Antonio, TX

"Two Dolphin Interludes"  in Made in SA, a collection of student piano pieces by composers from the Composers Alliance of San Antonio

May, S. Beth. "Three Pieces for Horn and Harp" on Seeds . Apple Orange Pair, 2013

May, S. Beth. Music Fundamentals: An Introduction (Kendall Hunt, 2nd revised edition 2013)

May, S. Beth. "Real Music Appreciation for the 21st Century: the use of Student-Submitted YouTube Videos in Online Music Appreciation Class" Proceedings, Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference 2010 (Sydney, Australia)

Henderson, D.L. and J.P. May. Exploring Culturally Diverse Children's Literature: Learning to Listen in New Ways. S. Beth May, Illustrator. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2005

Huber, Sara and S. Beth May, editors. Esiku Limwe. S. Beth May, illustrator. Windhoek, Namibia: Gamsberg Macmillan Publishers, 2000.


University of Texas at Austin: Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition, 2010

Dissertation: Iridescence - concerto for oboe and orchestra.

Composition studies with Bruce Pennycook, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston and Dan Welcher.

 Yale University School of Music: Master of Music in Composition, 1998

Composition Studies with Martin Bresnick, Bun-Ching Lam, and Anthony Davis. Computer Music Studies with Jack Vees.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Bachelor of Music in Composition/Theory, 1996

Graduated with high honors

Composition studies with Zack Browning, Erik Lund, Paul Zonn, and Sever Tipei.

Workshops and Conferences Attended

  • Tico Lingo Spanish language intensive, Heredia, Costa Rica, Summer 2019

  • SBCTC Accessibility Retreat, Summer 2017

  • College Music Society National Conference, 2017

  • ACDA-Washington Summer Institute, 2015 and 2016

  • The Walden School Teacher Training Institute, 2010 and 2011 - Dublin, New Hampshire

  • Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference 2010 - Sydney, Australia

  • College Music Society Summer Institute on the Pedagogy of World Music Theory (2005) - Boulder, CO

  • Faculty development, Critical Thinking, Cooperative Learning - Northwest Vista College, 2002 - 2006

  • Regional Teacher Training Workshops, Ongwediva College - Oshakati, Namibia, 1998 - 2000

Professional Affiliations

College Music Society


Society for New Music, board member 2014-2015

American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP)

Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA)

Society of Composers, Incorporated (SCI)

Other relevant experience

Composer in the Schools program, Society for New Music, 2014-2015

Owner and instructor, Eastside Pilates, 2015 - present; Barre instructor, Focus Fitness, 2016 - present, Barre and Pilates Instructor, South Sound YMCA, 2016 - present; Owner and lead instructor, Three Anchors Studio, Baldwinsville, NY 2014-2015; Pilates Instructor, Gold's Gym, San Antonio, TX 2011 - 2014; Pilates Instructor, D.R. Semmes YMCA, San Antonio, TX 2011 - 2014

AP Music Theory Reader 2010 - 2016