David Warren Steel
||Professor of Music Emeritus, University of Mississippi.|
||Professor of Music, University of Mississippi.|
||Associate Professor of Music, University of Mississippi.|
||Assistant Professor of Music and Southern Culture, University of
||Staff Assistant, Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, University
of Michigan; Teaching Assistant, University of Michigan School of Music.|
||University of Michigan, Ph.D. in musicology, December 1982;
A.M. in musicology, May 1976; harpsichord study with Edward Parmentier.|
||Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, special student.|
||Harvard College, A.B. cum laude in general studies
(linguistics and Germanic languages and literature), June 1968;
organ and harpsichord study with James Weaver and John Fesperman.|
Awards and Fellowships
||Society of Pi Kappa Lambda|
||National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship|
||National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for
||Rackham Dissertation Grant, University of Michigan|
||Fred Harris Daniels Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society|
||The Phi Beta Kappa Society|
||Harvard College Scholarship|
Memberships and Offices Held
American Musicological Society,
Association of Anglican
Musicians, Early Music America,
Society for Ethnomusicology
(local arrangements co-chair, 1993 meeting), Society for American Music.
- "Hugh McGraw (1931-2017): An Inside Look," in Terry E. Miller and Andrew Shahriari,
World Music: A Global Journey, 5th ed. (New York and London: Routledge,
2020), p. 430.
- "Secular Music in Shape-notes," in Rethinking
American Music, Tara Browner and Thomas Riis, eds. (Urbana and
Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2019), pp. 50-67.
Singing in Mississippi: A Preliminary History," in The Sacred Harp Publishing Company
Newsletter 6/2 (December 2017).
- "Shape-Note Singing," in The Mississippi Encyclopedia
(Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017).
W. T. Gwin Old Harp Singers Trophy: A Unique Piece of Sacred Harp
Memorabilia from Mississippi," in The Sacred Harp Publishing Company
Newsletter 4/2 (December 2015).
- "Shape-Note Hymnody," "Belknap, Daniel," "Jenks, Stephen," and (with Richard Crawford) "Singing
School," in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2d ed.
(London: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Makers of the Sacred Harp (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois, 2010).
by Tim Eriksen in Southern Spaces (2011)
by Robert Bowman in Journal of
Folklore Research (November 2011)
- Reviewed by Drew Beisswenger in Notes 68 (December 2011): 681-83.
- Reviewed by Ed Duling in American Music 30 (Winter 2012):
- Reviewed by Eric Saylor in Music and Letters 93 (May 2012):
- Reviewed by Alan L. Spurgeon in Journal of Historical Research
in Music Education 38 (April 2017): 209-11
Singing," in Encyclopaedia Britannica. 2010.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (2010).
- "Historic Organs of
Oaxaca," Sapaan 3 (Spring 2004).
- "Jenks, Stephen," in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and
Musicians, 2d ed. (London: Macmillan, 2001).
- 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,
- "Using Gopher to Retrieve EthnoForum Files," Ethnomusicology Research
Digest 94 (20 October 1992).
- "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,
- "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
1982 (New York: Church Hymnal Corporation, 1985).
Guest Lectures and Conference Papers
- "Historic Organs of Oaxaca, Mexico," Musicology-Music Theory
Colloquium, University of Alabama, November 2019.
- "Shape-Note Singing Traditions in Mississippi," Bicentennial
presentation, University of Mississippi Library, February 2017.
- "The Makers of the Sacred Harp," Architreats presentation, Alabama
Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama, May 2015.
- "The Old Way of Singing," Endowed Chair in Musicology, University of
Alabama, February 2015.
- "Historic Organs of Oaxaca, Mexico," Faculty Colloquium, University of
Mississippi, November 2014.
- "Folk Music and the Written Tradition," Keynote Address, Symposium:
"We'll All Sing Hallelujah: Sacred Sounds of Alabama," Alabama Folklife
Association, Columbiana, Alabama, March 2014.
- "The Makers of the Sacred Harp: Innovation and Retention," Keynote
Address, Symposium: "Teaching the Harp of Many Voices," Molloy College Suffolk
Center, East Farmingdale, New York, February 2011.
- "The Makers of the Sacred Harp," Botkin Lecture, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C., October 2010.
- "Sacred Harp Singing," Organization of American
Kodaly Educators, Dallas, Texas, 2010.
- "The Lancaster Sisters of Georgia: A Musical Family Portrait,"
Music of the South Symposium, Oxford, Mississippi, 2006.
- "A Thousand Tongues: Sacred Harp Singing," American Orff-Schulwerk
Association, Birmingham, Alabama, 2005.
- "Rough Exteriors Revisited: The Biographies of Sacred Harp Composers,"
Conference on American Hymnody, Nashville, Tennessee, 2005.
- "Far from the Field: Commercial Sacred Harp Recordings, 1922-1942,"
Association of Recorded Sound Collections, Austin, Texas, 2005.
- "American Angels: Early American Hymnody and Sacred Harp Performance
Practice," Princeton Atelier, Princeton University, 2003.
- "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.
Pearls: Rediscovered Gems from France and Spain (Centaur CRC
2846, 2007), D.W. Steel, organ
- I Belong To This Band:
Eighty-Five Years of Sacred Harp Recordings (Dust-to-Digital, 2006), essay,
- Religion Is a Fortune: Sacred Harp Singing (County CO-3532, 2004),
essay, liner notes.
- Goodbye, Babylon
(Dust-to-Digital, 2003), essay, liner notes.
- Wade in the Water, NPR, 1995 (consultant).
- Pleasure Tunes My Tongue, 1988 (liner notes).
- Mississippi Folk Voices, 1983 (editorial assistance).
- Highway 61 Blues, 1983 (editorial assistance).
- Fannie Bell Chapman, 1983 (editorial assistance).
- Bothered All the Time, 1983 (editorial assistance).
Film and Media
- Songs of the Sacred Harp, BBC Radio 4, 2012
- Dinner on the Grounds: A Soul Reviving Feast, 2009
- Gloryland: The World of White Gospel, BBC, 2008
- Awake My Soul
2006 (consultant, interviewee).
- Amazing Grace: The American Soul, NHK, 2002 (consultant,
- The Democratic Spirit in American Art, 1988 (music
arranged and performed).
- Painting in the South: Artists and Regional Heritage,
1983 (music arranged and performed).
Reviews and Interviews
- Review of The Missouri Harmony, or a Choice Collection of Psalm
Tunes, Hymns, and Anthems, Wings of Song edition, in The
Hymn 57 (Spring 2006): p. 39.
- Review of The Chattahoochee Musical
Convention, 1852-2002: A Sacred Harp Historical Sourcebook, in
Music Library Association Notes 60 (September 2003), pp. 134-36.
- 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
Warren Steel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
||Endowed Chair in Musicology, University of Alabama.|
|2005, 2010-14, 2018
||Instructor, Camp Fasola, a residential singing school.|
||Consultant for Blue Ridge Music Center, supported by National Council
for Traditional Arts and National Park Service|
||Consultant for State Board of Education, Wrote Mississippi Culture
Curriculum for Ninth Grade Social Studies|
||Consultant Specialist, Sacred Harp Publishing Company, Carrollton,
Georgia, for new edition of The Sacred Harp.|
||Instructor, Regional Heritage Project, Booneville, Mississippi,
supported by Mississippi Council for the Humanities.|
||Folklife Presenter, Louisiana Folklife Festival, Louisiana World
||Instructor, Sacred Harp Singing School, Pittsboro, Mississippi,
supported by National Endowment for the Arts.|
||Instructor, Mississippi Culture Summer Seminar, Jackson State
||Director, Oxford Folklife Festival, supported by National Endowment
for the Arts and Mississippi Arts Commission.|
[ Warren Steel |
Music Dept. |
Sacred Harp Singing |
UM Home ]