Thursday, June 2, through Saturday, June 4, 2022
The international conference will highlight issues arising from interaction between Amish communities and wider society, including those in areas such as public health, government regulation, business and economic development, charitable work, land use and environmental issues, tourism, and civic involvement.
Thursday, September 22, 2022 • 7:00 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse
DALE BROWN BOOK AWARD LECTURE
Moravian Soundscapes: Hearing New Histories of Early America
This presentation explores the soundscapes and musical practices of eighteenth-century Moravian mission communities in eastern Pennsylvania. The sonic histories of these religious communities provide new insights into the ways that music and sound functioned as a site of cultural encounter between German missionaries and Indigenous communities in early America, demonstrating the rich and multifaceted meanings that eighteenth-century music and religious history hold for contemporary Americans.
Sarah Eyerly is associate professor and Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor of Musicology at Florida State University. Her research interests include sound studies, performance practice, music and religion, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the geo-humanities. Her current projects include a biography and documentary film on the life of the eighteenth-century Mohican musician, Joshua; heritage tourism and Indigenous representation at Moravian mission sites in Ohio; and sound reconstruction of the Apalachee and Spanish musical culture of Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, FL. She serves on the board of the American Musicological Society and the Mozart Society of America, and is coordinator of the musicology area at Florida State and director of the early music program. Her first book, Moravian Soundscapes: A Sonic History of the Moravian Missions in Early America (Indiana University Press, 2020), received the Young Center's Dale W. Brown Book Award.