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Ph.D. Candidate

Stephen StacksStephen Stacks is originally from Charlotte, N.C., and earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Church Music from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and a Master’s of Sacred Music in Choral Conducting from Boston University. He pursues interests in the music of the Black American Freedom Movement (i.e. the Civil Rights Movement) and bluegrass. Stephen is also Director of Music Ministries at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, N.C., where he loves to bring his academic study into the context of liturgical music-making. Aside from musical life, Stephen enjoys cooking, eating, television, craft beer, and spending time with his wife.

“Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, and the Negotiation of Genre.” M.A. Thesis, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014.

Conference Papers

“Warren County, Environmental Justice, and the Mobilization of the Freedom Song” – Society for American Music 2016 (Boston, MA)

“Gathering ‘Round the Circle: The Triangle’s Local Bluegrass Scene” – IASPM-US 2014 (Chapel Hill, NC)

“Making the Mandolin Masculine: Chris Thile and Bluegrass Gender Performance” – South Central Graduate Music Consortium 2014 (Chapel Hill, NC)

“‘Some kind of bluegrass/classical music monster’: Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, and the Rhetoric of Genre” – UNC-KCL Joint Graduate Student Conference (Chapel Hill, NC)

Teaching Assistant:

  • Music Since 1750 (MUSC 255)
  • Introduction to Rock (MUSC 143)
  • Fundamentals of Music (MUSC 121)
  • Music Theory II (MUSC 132)
  • History of Country Music (MUSC 144)
  • Introduction to Jazz (MUSC 145)

Recitation Leader:

  • Introduction to World Music (MUSC 146)

Instructor of Record:

  • Introduction to Bluegrass (MUSC 281)