Dr. Monique Ingalls

Assistant Professor of Church Music;
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798
Phone: (254) 710-4669
Fax: (254) 710-1191

Monique Ingalls (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2008) is an ethnomusicologist and Assistant Professor of Church Music. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, she served as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Cambridge from 2011-14. From 2014-2015, she was concurrently appointed a Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music.

Dr. Ingalls’s research explores the effects of recent social, cultural, and technological change on evangelical and charismatic Christian congregational music-making in North America and beyond. Her articles have been published in journals, encyclopedias, and edited books in the fields of ethnomusicology, media studies, hymnology, and religious studies; topics include how current trends in popular music are influencing worship; how and why gospel and praise and worship music are spreading around the world; and how digital audiovisual media influences worship song marketing and aesthetics. She is working to complete her first monograph Made to Worship: Performing Evangelical Congregations Through Contemporary Worship Music (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Drawing from five years of multi-site ethnographic research, her book shows how adopting contemporary worship music has changed US evangelical Christians’ understanding of worship and brought into being new types of Christian congregations.

Dr. Ingalls is dedicated to network building and organizing collaborative research on Christian congregational music and religious music more broadly. She co-founded the Congregational Music Studies research network, which holds its biennial meetings at the “Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives” conference in Cuddesdon, Oxford, UK (see congregationalmusic.org). She also served as co-founder and first president of the Religion, Music, and Sound Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is lead co-editor of the books Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity, and Experience (Ashgate Press, 2013), The Spirit of Praise: Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity (Penn State University Press, 2015), and Making Congregational Music Local in Christian Communities Worldwide (Routledge, forthcoming) and is co-founder and series editor for Routledge’s Congregational Music Studies book series. 

Honors and awards that she has received include the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Charles Seeger Prize (2007), the American Musicological Society’s Janet Levy Award (2009), the British Academy’s Small Research Grant (2012), the Music & Letters Trust Award (2013), the Cambridge University Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award (2014), and Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music’s Senior Research Fellowship (2015). Dr. Ingalls’s courses on music in Christian worship draw insights from across music studies, media studies, practical theology, and the social sciences. In addition to her training as a classical pianist and choral singer, her eclectic performance experience encompasses playing keyboard for ’70s-’80s pop-rock cover bands, participating in a Javanese gamelan orchestra, and singing traditional polyphony from the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Ingalls currently serves in the music ministry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church of Waco, where she accompanies the choir and occasionally writes new service music and retunes hymns. Dr. Ingalls resides in North Waco with her husband Jason, daughter Georgia, and cats Gambit and Batty.