Sound, Silence, and Process at Amherst College

by Taylor Haney for PVS Trial Media Project, Spring 2012

The Sound of Place

"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.”

Students Present Documentary Musical Ethnographies of Pioneer Valley Soundscapes on Dec. 10

November 17, 2009
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager
413/542-2195

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.