November 17, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass.—Students in the Pioneer Valley Soundscapes course taught by AmherstCollege music professor Jeffers Engelhardt will present their documentary musical ethnographies on Thursday, December 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall.

The documentaries—which are in the form of films, photographs and audio pieces—present ethnographies of jíbaro music in Holyoke and Westfield; reggae in Amherst and Shutesbury; organs in the Pioneer Valley made by the former Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, Vt.; sacred harp singing in Western Massachusetts, and the sounds of worship at Catholic parishes in Holyoke. Student ethnographers and featured musicians will be present for open discussion.

This presentation is open to the public free of charge.