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Ph.D. Brown University

Gregory Barz

Assoc. Professor of Musicology; Assoc Prof. of Music & Rel.

Gregory Melchor-Barz is a medical ethnomusicologist who has engaged field research in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania. He received the PhD from Brown University and the MA from the University of Chicago. A former opera singer, Barz is associate professor of ethnomusicology and anthropology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University while holding the position of senior professor at the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State (South Africa). He was recently named the Alexander Heard Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University. His latest book is a co-edited volume titled The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing in Music and the Arts, published by Oxford University Press. His monograph, Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda published in 2006 applies the central tenets of medical ethnomusicology to a study of HIV prevention in East Africa. His book, Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was also published by Oxford University Press. He is co-editor of two editions of Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology (Oxford), published while a graduate student at Brown. He has produced 4 compact discs and a documentary film and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional World Music category for his Smithsonian Folkways CD, Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. He and his husband (Wil Melchor-Barz) live in residence at Vanderbilt University as a Faculty Head in The Commons. He is currently engaging collaborative research regarding music and HIV/AIDS in South Africa while developing a project related to music, health, and healing in the Philippines.