Kirk-Evan Billet is the Resource Description Librarian at the Friedheim Music Library at Peabody. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Fulbright lecturing scholar to Lebanon, serving as a visiting professor at the Institut Supérieur de Musique of the Université Antonine, just outside Beirut. He is an alumnus of Peabody, having earned the B.M. in composition as a student of Morris Moshe Cotel. He also holds degrees from the University of Miami (M.M.) and Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A.). After twelve years of full-time teaching in music, Billet attended Drexel University to earn his library degree.
Active in the music cataloging profession at the national level, Billet is a member of the Vocabularies Subcommittee of the Music Library Association’s Cataloging and Metadata Committee. His work includes leading the task group that maintains thesauri for medium of performance and genre/form terms. He is also representing MLA in multi-institution grant work on linked data and is a co-chair of the association’s Linked Data Working Group. From 2014 to 2016, he served as a member of MLA’s Bibframe Task Force.
Billet’s publications include multiple contributions (chapter translator, chapter editor, compiler of glossary of Arabic terms, consultant on Arabic transliteration) to (un)Common Sounds: Songs of Peace and Reconciliation among Muslims and Christians, edited by Roberta R. King and Sooi Ling Tan (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014), and a 2014 book review of Barbara L. Kelly’s Music and Ultra-Modernism in France: A Fragile Consensus, 1913–1939 in Music Reference Services Quarterly (17, no. 3). He is also the translator of Marcel Akiki’s Lebanese Traditional Popular Wedding Songs in Mount Lebanon: An Ethnomusicological Study (Hadath-Baabda, Lebanon: Éditions de l’Université Antonine, 2010) and of six CD booklets in the series Taqālīd: Musical Traditions from the Arab World (Beirut, Lebanon: Incognito, 2009).