Carolina Symposia in Music and Culture
Curated by students in the Department’s musicology Ph.D. program, this lecture series invites distinguished music scholars from around the world to present new research in musicology and its related fields. All lectures are at 4:15 pm in Person Recital Hall.
2021 – 2022 CSMC Series
- “An Eternal Pitch: Bishop G.E. Patterson’s Broadcast Religion”
- Braxton D. Shelley is Associate Professor of Music, of Sacred Music, and of Divinity at Yae University. After completing a B.A. in Music and History from Duke University, Prof. Shelley earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He has served on the Harvard faculty since 2017. Prof. Shelley has amassed a range and quantity of awards that belie his young age; among them, the 2016 Paul A. Pisk Prize from the American Musicological Society, the 2016 Graduate Student Prize from the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, and the 2018 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities.Shelley’s analysis of gospel music braids cognitive theory, ritual theory, and preaching with studies of repetition, form, rhythm, and meter. His work has appeared in Journal of the American Musicological Society, Religions, and Journal of Jazz Studies.
- An associate professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Jacqueline Avila’s research centers on US and Mexican film and also features work done in critical race theory, identity formation, modernism, and Latin American and Caribbean studies. Her late-2019 book, Cinesonidos: Film Music and National Identity During Mexico’s Epoca de Oro has been reviewed well in the field, and her publications appear in journals such as the Journal of Film Music, Latin American Music Review, and the Opera Quarterly.
- The G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at Harvard University, Kay Kaufman Shelemay is an ethnomusicologist specializing in musics of Africa, the Middle East, and the urban United States. She has published numerous books and articles, including Music, Ritual, and Falasha History, A Story of Longing: An Ethiopian Journal, and has edited Studies in Jewish Musical Traditions and Pain and Its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture. She has published her textbook called Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World. Shelemay’s current research surrounds musicians from the Horn of Africa in transnational motion.
- James W. Pruett Lecture in Music and Culture
- Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Columbia University, Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier writes on music and cultural policy, forced silence and armed conflict, and genealogies of listening and sound in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her recent book Aurality, Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (2014) was awarded the Alan Merriam Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology. Her current projects explore the bioacoustics of life and death in colonial histories of the Americas.