Jeannie G. Pool

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Jeannie Gayle Pool (born 1951) is an American composer, musicologist, filmmaker, producer, and lecturer.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Pool was born in Paris, Illinois, and studied music in New York City at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she received a bachelor's degree in music. She received a master's degree from California State University, Northridge, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.


After completing her studies, Pool taught music at Fullerton College and Mount Saint Mary's College and worked as a radio and music producer. She began composing for stage productions and youth orchestras and went on to compose sacred and orchestral works. Her compositions have been performed internationally.[2]

Pool helped to found and serves as advisor to the Board of the International Alliance for Women in Music,[3][4] and in 2004 was elected to the Board of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers. From 1990-2002 she served as the Executive Director of the Society for the Preservation of Film Music.[5] As of 2022, she has authored, co-authored, or edited 12 books, including American Composer Zenobia Powell Perry: Race and Gender in the 20th Century (2009) and Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band (2008).[6]



Pool has composed for films and stage productions, choral performance, chamber ensemble and orchestra. Selected works include:

  • A Woman of Independent Means, for narrator, bassoon, and recorded tape (1983)
  • Cantata: We Believe in You, O God (1999) Based on the Statement of Faith, United Church of Christ, for soloists, choir, chamber orchestra, organ and bagpipes
  • Dance by the Sea, for alto saxophone and orchestra (1996)
  • Episodia I for flute, clarinet and bassoon (1996)
  • With Pleasure for viola and cello (1996)
  • Episodia II for chamber orchestra (2000)

Her works have been recorded and issued on CD.


  • Pool, Jeannie Gayle (2022). Babe Egan and The Hollywood Redheads: Women Musicians in the Jazz Age. Los Angeles, CA: Jaygayle Music Books. ISBN 979-8432831330. OCLC 1342453733.
  • Perry, Zenobia Powell (2021). Pool, Jeannie Gayle (ed.). Tawawa House: A Musical Drama in Two Acts: Piano-Vocal Score & Libretto. Los Angeles, CA: Jaygayle Music Books. ISBN 9798589869361. OCLC 1257032942.
  • Pool, Jeannie Gayle (2020). The Story of the All-Women's Orchestras in California. Los Angeles, CA: Jaygayle Music Books. ISBN 9781075291333. OCLC 1197816000.
  • Pool, Jeannie Gayle; Simmons, Beverly, eds. (2019). Source Readings from the International Congress on Women in Music: A Companion Volume to The Passions of Musical Women. Los Angeles, CA: Jaygayle Music Books. ISBN 9781798862896. OCLC 1128756304.
  • Pool, Jeannie Gayle; Wright, H. Stephen (2011). A Research Guide to Film and Television Music in the United States. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810876880. OCLC 651011993.
  • Pool, Jeannie Gayle (2009). American Composer Zenobia Powell Perry : Race and Gender in the 20th Century. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810863767. OCLC 239233280.
  • Pool, Jeannie G. (2009). Passions of Musical Women : The Story of the International Congress on Women in Music. Los Angeles, CA: Jaygayle Music Books. ISBN 9780557055456. OCLC 317559465.
  • Pool, Jeannie Gayle (2008). Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band. Foreword by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-6102-2. OCLC 173749535.
  • Pool, Jeannie (1986). California Mission Music : A Bibliography. Northridge, CA: Music Dept., California State University at Northridge. OCLC 33893811.
  • Pool, Jeannie (1986). Handbook, Teaching the History of Women in Music. Northridge, CA: California State University, Northridge Dept. of Music. OCLC 15138299.
  • Fry, Stephen M.; Pool, Jeannie G. (1985). The Story of the All Women's Orchestras in California, 1893-1955 : Bibliography. Northridge, CA: Dept. of Music, California State University, Northridge. OCLC 12058193.
  • Pool, Jeannie G. (1977). Women in Music History : A Research Guide. Pool. LCCN 79-123489. OCLC 5944033.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Appreciation Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music, 1999 in London
  • Award from the International Alliance for Women in Music for work on behalf of women musicians, 1995
  • Award from National Association of Composers, U.S.A. for promotion of American composers, 1995
  • Service Award from the International Congress on Women in Music at the New York City Congress, 1990
  • Award from National Federation of Music Clubs for promotion of American music, 1979
  • Service Award from the California Federation of Music Clubs, 1989
  • Honorary Arts Member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, 1982
  • Award from the University of Southern California School of Music for work on behalf of women in music, 1982
  • Radio awards from Sigma Alpha Iota for outstanding broadcasting of American music, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Award from Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians for documenting the history of women in music, 1986
  • Honorary member Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, California State University, Northridge Chapter, 1986.


  1. ^ "Pool, Jeannie G." Library of Congress. January 9, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Cohen, Aaron I. (1987). International encyclopedia of women composers: Volume 1.
  3. ^ Wharton, David (April 8, 1988). "Institute at Cal State Northridge Hopes to Even the Score on Women Composers : Donated Records, Music Put Library on a Grander Scale". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "Guide to the Library of the Institute for the Study of Women in Music Collection" (PDF). Online Archive of California. California Digital Library. 2020. Retrieved September 15, 2022.
  5. ^ "Biography". Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  6. ^ "Pool, Jeannie G." WorldCat Identities. OCLC. 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

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