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The Society for Christian Scholarship in Music is an association of scholars interested in exploring the intersections of Christian faith and musical scholarship.

We are an ecumenical association, reflecting the world-wide diversity of Christian traditions, and seeking to learn from scholars outside those traditions. As scholars of Christian convictions, we are dedicated to excellence in all our work as musicologists, theorists, ethnomusicologists and theologians.

2016 President’s Address

2016 Graduate Student Prize: The student paper prize committee, consisting of Robin Wallace, Felicia Sandler, and Cathy Elias, unanimously awards this year’s prize for best student presentation at the SCSM annual meeting to Braxton Shelley’s “Tuning Up: Towards a Gospel Aesthetic.” Shelley’s paper presents a topic that is fresh and interesting to a wide audience, musicians and beyond. Through a close reading of video recordings of a sermon and a gospel song, the author illustrates nicely the interplay between preaching practice, rhetoric, and musical gestures. The paper is engaging, informative, and well researched, yet fits nicely into the format of a conference presentation. Shelley breaks new ground in his understanding of “tuning up” as a collective cultural experience. We look forward eagerly to reading more of his work on this subject.