David Cole, Ethnomusicology
Cultural Exploration of Musical Worship Practices
I will conduct video-ethnographic research of three Seattle churches of specific ethnic composition: African-American, Asian-American, and Caucasian. I will study extensively the musical techniques, forms, styles, and performance practices of Sunday worship services. I will interview pastors and church musicians as well as congregation members to learn their values in musical worship, as well as the cultural-historical origin of these aesthetics.