"The Connection Between Sound and Place"

By Katherine Duke '05

Throughout her college years, Deidra Montgomery ’10 has been meeting up with other enthusiasts to raise her voice in a singing tradition called Sacred Harp. Now she’s conducting a formal study of her fellow singers. “I’m looking at who the Western Mass [Sacred Harp] community is, who makes it up and what a regular singing is like,” she says. Phil DuPont ’12 has been attending three Catholic Masses every week, at two different churches in Holyoke, Mass., listening to the differences in the songs and prayers at English- and Polish-language services. The singings and the churches are just a few examples of “Pioneer Valley Soundscapes.”


trs: Brainstorming soundscapes in the Pioneer Valley

Submitted by Thomas R. Sibley on Monday, 9/14/2009, at 7:55 AM
  1. Amherst Coffee — "Every Thursday evening Amherst Coffee plays host to local jazz group the Liberated Territory Collective."  What makes this venue interesting is the very small size of the space and the volume of the music.  It is not your normal, in-the-background coffee shop jazz performance.  It dominates the space, forcing patrons who wish to talk to lean in closer to one another.
  2. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School