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December 20, 2018
Hallelujah! The NHSO and Christ Church Choir celebrate the holiday season with Handel’s beloved vocal masterpiece, Messiah.
Guest Speaker: Marissa Moore
Dr. Marissa Glynias Moore is an ethnomusicologist whose interests include voice studies, the racialization of sound, and the role that music plays in American religious life. Her work examines the ethics of cross-cultural musicking, focusing on how contemporary religious Americans encounter and engage “the other” through vocal performance. Her dissertation explored how the globalization of Christianity has influenced mainline Protestant worship in the United States through the construction and practice of a repertoire of non-Western Christian music known as “global song,” using a varied methodology of source-studies, interviews, and multi-sited ethnography. Currently, Dr. Moore is investigating the performative and political role that racialized sound plays in the vocal production of white singers, especially in the performance of Negro spirituals. She holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Yale (2018), and her publications can be found in the Yale Journal of Music and Religion and The Hymn.
In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Dr. Moore is invested in bridging the gap between the academy and the public sphere. She has worked with the New Haven Symphony and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York City on projects ranging from podcasts to educational initiatives, and enjoys sharing her research in popular press venues as well as scholarly publications. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Moore is an avid flutist and early-stage student of Brazilian choro music, as well as a singer and songwriter.