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Granoff Music Colloquium: Braxton Shelley
Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmFree
Tufts University presents its first event in this semester’s Granoff Music Center Colloquium Series, “The Presence of the Lord is Here: The Gospel Vamp as Sonic Sacrament,” with Harvard University professor Braxton Shelley.
Shelley completed a Ph.D. in the history and theory of music and a master of divinity at the University of Chicago. He earned a BA in music and history from Duke University. In his doctoral dissertation, “Sermons in Song: Richard Smallwood, the Vamp, and the Gospel Imagination,” Shelley’s analysis of gospel music braids cognitive theory, ritual theory, and preaching with studies of repetition, form, rhythm, and meter.
He was the 2016 recipient of the Paul A. Pisk Prize from the American Musicological Society, awarded annually to a graduate music student for a scholarly paper presented at the annual meeting of the society.
The event is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Lunch will be served after the lecture. Guest parking passes can be purchased at the Tufts University Police Department (Dowling Hall parking garage, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford).
This colloquium is made possible by the Granoff Music Fund.