Editorial Introduction

Author Biography

Jeffers Engelhardt is an ethnomusicologist and Associate Professor of Music at Amherst College, where he is affiliated with programs in Film and Media Studies, European Studies, and the Five College Certificate in Ethnomusicology. His research deals with the relationship of music, religion, secularity, and media; the sonic world of Orthodox Christianity; music in Estonian culture and society; Arvo Pärt; music in Europe, postsocialist Eurasia, and the Finno-Ugric world. His first book Singing the Right Way: Orthodox Christians and Secular Enchantment in Estonia and a co-edited volume Resounding Transcendence: Transitions in Music, Religion, and Ritual are both published by Oxford University Press. His current book project is Music and Religion, also for Oxford University Press. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and Fulbright-Hays and Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowships. Jeffers Engelhardt holds a BM in Piano from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (1998) and an MA (2000) and PhD (2005) in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Music and Religion.

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