Mellonee Burnim gave the 2021 Charles Seeger Lecture at the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting. She is professor emerita in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and retired Director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington. At IU, she served as Director of the Ethnomusicology Institute and chairperson in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. She holds a BME (cum laude) in music education from North Texas State University (1971), a MM in ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976), and a PhD in ethnomusicology from Indiana University (1980). As an ethnomusicologist with a specialization in African American religious music, Burnim has done fieldwork and led choral music workshops on African American religious music across the United States, as well as in Cuba and Malawi. She is co-editor, with Portia Maultsby, of African American Music: An Introduction (Routledge 2006), now in its...

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