Dr. Gage Averill

Dean, Faculty of Arts
Professor of Ethnomusicology

BA (Washington), PhD (Washington)

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Dr. Averill is a renowned ethnomusicologist whose research in Haitian popular music has earned him several awards. His book on barbershop singing (Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony, Oxford 2003) won best book prizes from the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for American Music. His book on Haitian popular music and power (A Day for the Hunter: A Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti, Chicago 1997) was awarded the best book prize in ethnic and folk research by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

His 10-CD boxed set of music, film, and accompanying books, called Alan Lomax in Haiti, 1936-37 was an Outstanding Project for 2010 by the Clinton Global Initiative and received two Grammy Nominations. He has also written on culture industries, applied ethnomusicology, Trinidadian steelbands, music of the African diaspora, world music ensembles, Alan Lomax’s metrics projects, and music and militarism.

Professor Averill has consulted for the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, the Organization of American States, the Fulbright Foundation, and for films, festivals, and copyright law cases.