Select Publications


2016 (co-edited with Philip V. Bohlman) Resounding Transcendence: Transitions in Music, Religion, and Ritual. New York: Oxford University Press. Amazon OUP

2014 Singing the Right Way: Orthodox Christians and Secular Enchantment in Estonia. New York: Oxford University Press. Amazon OUP


2009 “Right Singing in Estonian Orthodox Christianity: A Study of Music, Theology, and Religious Ideology.” Ethnomusicology 53(1): 32-57.

2008 “Late- and Post-Soviet Music Scholarship and the Tenacious Ecumenicity of Christian Musics in Estonia.” Journal of Baltic Studies 39(3): 239-262.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2016 (with Philip V. Bohlman) “Resounding Transcendence – An Introduction.” Resounding Transcendence: Transitions in Music, Religion, and Ritual. Jeffers Engelhardt and Philip V. Bohlman, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 1-25.

2016 “Arvo Pärt and the Idea of a Christian Europe: The Musical Effects and Affects of Post-Ideological Religion.” Resounding Transcendence: Transitions in Music, Religion, and Ritual. Jeffers Engelhardt and Philip V. Bohlman, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 214-232.

2016 “Congregational Singing, Orthodox Christianity, and the Making of Ecumenicity.” The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities. Suzel Reily and Jonathan Dueck, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 649-674.

2012 “Perspectives on Arvo Pärt after 1980.” The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt. Andrew Shenton, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 29-48.

2012 “Music, Sound, and Religion.” The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction. Second edition. Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert, and Richard Middleton, eds. New York: Routledge, 299-307.

2010 “The Acoustics and Geopolitics of Orthodox Practices in the Estonian-Russian Border Region.” Eastern Christians in Anthropological Perspective. Chris Hann and Hermann Goltz, eds. Berkeley: University of California Press, 101-127.

2009 “Right Singing and Conversion to Orthodox Christianity in Estonia.” Conversion After Socialism: Disruptions, Modernisms and Technologies of Faith in the Former Soviet Union. Mathijs Pelkmans, ed. Oxford: Berghahn, 85-106.

Invited Contributions and Reviews

2010 “Has Critical Musicology Aged Well?” Radical Musicology 5,

2009 Review of Bak, Kirsten Sass and Svend Nielsen, eds. “Spiritual Folk Singing: Nordic and Baltic Protestant Traditions.” Copenhagen: Kragen, 2006. Lied und populäre Kultur/Song and Popular Culture: Jahrbuch des Deutschen Volksliedarchivs 54: 443-444.

2009 Review of “The Singing Revolution.” Ethnomusicology 53(1): 179-181.

2006 “Inculturation: Genealogies, Meanings, and Musical Dynamics.” Yale Institute of Sacred Music Colloquium: Music, Worship, Arts 3: 1-6.

2006 Review of Ramnarine, Tina. “Ilmatar’s Inspirations: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Changing Soundscapes of Finnish Folk Music.”  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.  Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 12(3): 692-694.

2006 Review of “Viryavakay: Oh Mother, protectress of the forest. Songs and Melodies of the Mordva.” Yearbook for Traditional Music 38: 166-167.

2006 Review of “Sacred Steel Instrumentals.” Yearbook for Traditional Music 38: 156-157.

2002 Review of Vasks, Peteris. “‘Drei Stücke für Klarinette und Klavier’; ‘Moments musicaux’; ‘Pieskārieni’; ‘Vasaras dziedājumi’; and Others.” Notes 58(4): 915-920.

2001 Review of Pärt, Arvo. “‘Solfeggio per coro’; ‘Cantate Domino canticum novum’;‘Missa syllabica’; ‘Sarah Was Ninety Years Old’; and Others.” Notes 57(4): 987-993.

Recordings and Other Publications

2010/2011 “Right Singing: The Orthodox Liturgical Tradition – An Ethnomusicological Perspective.” Modern Greek Studies Yearbook 26/27: 25-38.

2009 “‘Every Bird Has Its Own Song’: Congregational Singing and the Making of Estonian Orthodoxy, 1840s-1930s.” Composing and Chanting in the Orthodox Church (Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, University of Joensuu, Finland 4-10 June 2007). Ivan Moody and Maria Takala-Roszczenko, eds. Joensuu, Finland: International Society for Orthodox Church Music and University of Joensuu, 303-336.

2004 (reissued 2006) Eesti Apostlik-Õigeusu Kiriku Laule—Hymns of the Orthodox Church of Estonia. Eesti Apostlik-Õigeusu Kirik.

Research and Teaching

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; and the intersection of music, human rights, and development. 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. He has published articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Journal of Baltic Studies, Yearbook for Traditional Music, and Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, as well as chapters in many edited volumes. 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 currently Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Music and Religion.

At Amherst College, Jeffers Engelhardt teaches courses in ethnomusicology and the anthropology of music; community-based ethnography (Pioneer Valley Soundscapes); music and religion; global popular musics; music, human rights, and cultural rights; musicianship; and the analysis of world musics.