Sinners in the Choir: The Black Church and the Devil’s Music

October 28, 2009

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Teresa Reed addresses the fascinating relationship between the customs and dictates of the Black Church and the growth of secular forms like the blues, R&B, and Rap - the so-called “Devil's Music.” With particular focus on the African-American Baptist and Pentecostal traditions, her discussion underscores the ironies and contradictions in that relationship, as well as the ways in which black sacred and secular musical forms have developed interdependently. This interactive lecture features audio-visual clips, readings from her book The Holy Profane, and references to her own childhood upbringing in the Black Pentecostal church.

Dr. Teresa Reed is Director of the University of Tulsa School of Music, and specializes in Music Theory and African American Music. Her book, The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music (2003) was the 2004 winner of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Excellence Award. Dr. Reed has also published articles, book chapters and reviews in various scholarly and popular venues. Her professional service has included test development and assessment for the GRE in Music, as well as the Advanced Placement Exam in Music Theory, for which she is currently Chief Reader.


Recorded Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at DePaul University - Richardson Library - Rosati Room 300.