Candace Bailey, PhD

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Musicologist, North Carolina Central University and Humanities Unbounded, Duke University

About me

I am a native North Carolinian and currently live on my ancestral farm in a rural area in the Coastal Plains region. My undergraduate degree (BM) is in Piano Performance and my AM and PhD are in Musicology. During the 2020-21 academic year I am a fellow with the Humanities Unbounded program at Duke University, where I am working on several projects.

Upcoming talks and publications

“Music and Black Gentility in the Antebellum and Civil War South,” accepted for special colloquy issue on Music and Race in Early America, Journal of the American Musicological Society.

AMS-Library of Congress Lecture “Silencing the Guns of War: Binder’s Volumes in the Library of Congress” (date to be rescheduled)

‘Colored girls under the control of colored teachers’: Music and Black Gentility in the Nineteenth-Century US South (University of Durham, Arts & Humanities Research Forum, Tuesday, February 16, 2021 3:00 PM-4:30 PM)

Women and Music in the Antebellum South: An Interview with Dr. Candace Bailey (Wam! Women in Art Music, Rutgers University)

9 October – AMS-SE Keynote “Music in 1853: Alternative Methodologies for Music History” [virtual]. You may access the meeting at (passcode: AMS-SE) 

“‘Remember those beautiful songs’: Preserving Antebellum Cultural Practices through Music Collection during the Civil War.” American Music 38/3 (2020): 263-302.

“Opera, Lieder, or Stephen Foster?: Popular Song in the Antebellum US South,” forthcoming in Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Derek Scott. Centro Studi Omnia Luigi Boccherini.

“‘She takes up music as a profession’: Women Organists in Reconstruction Mobile, Alabama,” forthcoming in Hidden Narratives of Women and Music, ed. Paula Bishop and Kendra Leonard.


Current projects

Database (Omeka-based) of binder’s volumes in the US

Looking South – collaborations with scholars of women music in the Caribbean, Central and South Americas

Decolonizing Cross-cultural Exchange in the Musical Practices of Nineteenth-century New Orleans and Santiago de Chile

Women as Collectors – A Collection of Microhistories