David Warren Steel
Home: 904 South Lamar Blvd., Oxford MS 38655 Ph: 662 236-5356
Work: Department of Music, University MS 38677 Ph: 662 915-5183
1987-present Associate Professor of Music and Southern
Culture, University of Mississippi.
1980-1987 Assistant Professor of Music and Southern
Culture, University of Mississippi.
1974-1980 Assistant Director, Stearns Collection of
Musical Instruments, University of Michigan;
Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan
School of Music.
1973-1982 University of Michigan, Ph.D. in musicology,
December 1982; A.M. in musicology, May 1976;
harpsichord study with Edward Parmentier.
1969-1971 Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge,
Massachusetts, special student.
1964-1968 Harvard College, A.B. cum laude in general
studies (linguistics and Germanic languages
and literature), June 1968; harpsichord
study with James Weaver and John Fesperman.
Awards and Fellowships
1992 Society of Pi Kappa Lambda
1987-1988 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
1984 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer
Seminar for College Teachers
1979 Rackham Dissertation Grant, University of Michigan
1978 Fred Harris Daniels Fellowship, American
1968 Phi Beta Kappa
1967 Harvard College Scholarship
Memberships and Offices Held
Musicological Society, American Musical Instrument Society,
Association of Anglican Musicians, Early
Music America, Society
for Ethnomusicology (local arrangements co-chair, 1993 meeting),
Born September 20, 1947, Evanston, Illinois.
- Belknap, Daniel, The Collected Works, ed. David
Warren Steel, Music of the New American Nation 14 (New York:
- Jenks, Stephen, Collected Works, ed. David Warren Steel,
Recent Researches in American Music 18 (Madison: A-R Editions,
- "Foster, Stephen," "Revival Songs," and "Shape-Note Singing Schools," in
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Chapel Hill: University of North
Carolina Press, 1989).
- "L. J. Jones and The Southern Minstrel (1849)," American
Music 6 (Summer 1988), pp. 123-157.
- "John Wyeth and the Development of
Southern Folk Hymnody" in Music
from the Middle Ages Through the 20th Century: Essays in Honor of Gwynn
McPeek (London: Gordon & Breach, 1988), pp. 357-374.
- "Jenks, Stephen," and (with Richard Crawford) "Singing School," in
The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (London: Macmillan, 1986).
- "Stephen Jenks (1772-1856): American Composer and Tunebook Compiler" (Ph.D.
dissertation, University of Michigan, 1982).
- "Truman S. Wetmore and His 'Republican Harmony,'" The Connecticut
Historical Society Bulletin 45 (July 1980), pp. 75-89.
- "Sacred Music in Early Winchester," The Connecticut Historical Society
Bulletin 45 (April 1980), pp. 33-44.
- Missa Toletana, in Congregational Music for
Eucharist, Church Hymnal Series 5
(New York: Church Hymnal Corporation, 1980). Excerpts in The Hymnal
(New York: Church Hymnal Corporation, 1985).
Guest Lectures and Conference Papers
- "Early Shape-Note Singing in the Shenandoah Valley," Singers Glen
Music and Heritage Festival, Singers Glen, Virginia, 1997.
- "Herman Mann of Dedham, Music Printer," Sonneck Society, Washington,
- "The Sacred Harp Singing Tradition in Mississippi," Mississippi
Historical Society, Tupelo, Mississippi, 1996.
- "Stephen Jenks and Psalmody in the Middle States," guest lecture and workshop,
New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Ithaca, New York, 1994.
- "Creolization and European Elements in the Afro-American Traditional
Chorus," Conference on Contemporary Black American Congregational
Song and Worship Traditions, Smithsonian Institution, 1989.
- "Sacred Harp Singing Today: A Cultural Geography," guest lecture, Church Music
Symposium, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1988.
- "Men of Rough Exteriors: The Biographies of Southern Tunebook Compilers," The
Sonneck Society, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1987.
- "Shetland Sea-Words and Old Norse Poetic Diction," Mississippi Folklore
Society, Oxford, Mississippi, 1986.
- "Lazarus J. Jones (1816-1897): Mississippi's First Folksong Collector,"
Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter and
Mississippi Folklore Society, Biloxi, Mississippi, 1985.
- "Sacred Harp Singers: A Musical Subculture," American Folklore Society,
Nashville, Tennessee, 1983.
- "Secular Shape-Note Songsters," Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and
Caribbean Chapter, Tallahassee, Florida, 1981.
- "The Invention and Development of the Bow and Bowed Instruments," guest
lecture, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1977.
- "The Hammered Dulcimer in America," American Musical Instrument Society,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1977.
- Two papers on early American choral music, Midwest Church Music Conference,
East Lansing, Michigan, 1975.
Sound Recordings (Editorial Assistance)
- Wade in the Water (1993)
- Pleasure Tunes My Tongue, 1988 (also liner notes).
- Mississippi Folk Voices, 1983.
- Highway 61 Blues, 1983.
- Fannie Bell Chapman, 1983.
- Bothered All the Time, 1983.
Film and Video (Music Arranged and Performed)
- The Democratic Spirit in American Art, 20 min., 1988.
- Painting in the South: Artists and Regional Heritage, 28 min., 1983.
Online Publications (documents written or edited)
- University of Mississippi, Department of Music World Wide
Web site, approximately fifty documents.
- University of Mississippi, College of Liberal
Arts World Wide
Web site, approximately seven documents.
- Sacred Harp Singing World Wide Web site,
approximately sixty documents.
- David Warren Steel, personal World Wide
Web site, five documents.
- Four articles in online journal Ethnomusicology Research
(October 1992), 124
(August 1993), 128
(October 1993), and 176
- Member of editorial board of Ethnomusicology Online.
Reviews and Interviews
- Review of
The Colored Sacred Harp, in American
Music 14 (Spring 1996), pp. 127-28.
- Review of Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology 8: Issues in
Organology, in Asian Music 25 (1993-94), pp. 213-17.
- Review of
Deborah Carlton Loftis, "Big Singing Day in Benton, Kentucky: A
Study of the History, Ethnic Identity and Musical Style of Southern
Harmony Singers," Southern Baptist Church Music
Journal vol. 9 (1990), pp. 76-78.
- Review of
Mai Hogan Kelton, "Analysis of the Music Curriculum of Sacred Harp
(American Tune-Book, 1971 Edition) and Its Continuing Traditions," in
CRME Bulletin 103 (Winter 1990), pp. 39-43.
- Review of
William Walker, The Southern Harmony and Musical
Companion, ed. by Glenn C. Wilcox, in Ethnomusicology
33 (Spring/Summer 1989), pp. 343-45.
- Review of R. Gerald Alvey, Dulcimer Maker: The Craft of Homer
Ledford, in Western Folklore 45 (July 1986), pp. 223-224.
- Review of Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht and Norman Studer, Folk Songs of
the Catskills, in Journal of Musicological Research 5
(November 1984), pp. 260-264.
- Review, with Richard Crawford, of Buell E. Cobb, Jr., The Sacred Harp: A
Tradition and Its Music, in American Historical Review
84 (October 1979), p. 1154.
- Interview with B. B. King (with Suzanne Flandreau and Bill Ferris),
Living Blues 68 (1986), pp. 12-14.
Grants and Consultantships
1990 Consultant for State Board of Education,
Wrote Mississippi Culture Curriculum
for Ninth Grade Social Studies
1987-1991 Consultant Specialist, Sacred Harp Publishing
Company, Carrollton, Georgia, for new
edition of The Sacred Harp.
1985 Instructor, Regional Heritage Project,
Booneville, Mississippi, supported by
Mississippi Council for the Humanities.
1984 Folklife Presenter, Louisiana Folklife Festival,
Louisiana World Exposition.
1983 Instructor, Sacred Harp Singing School,
Pittsboro, Mississippi, supported by
National Endowment for the Arts.
1983 Instructor, Mississippi Culture Summer Seminar,
Jackson State University.
1981-1984 Director, Oxford Folklife Festival, supported
by National Endowment for the Arts and
Mississippi Arts Commission.
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