Dr. Monique Ingalls

Professor of Church Music;
Beginning Fall 2014

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

Monique Ingalls joined the School of Music in August of 2014 as Assistant Professor of Church Music. She was also appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where she will work to complete her first book during the spring semester of 2015. She finished her undergraduate training in music at John Brown University (B.A., 2003) and her graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 2008). She served as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Music from 2011 to 2014. While at Cambridge, she was also a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Research Associate at the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP), and a founding member of the Locating Religion Research Group.

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. She is working on her first monograph Made to Worship: Performing Evangelical Christianity Through Praise and Worship Music, an ethnographic exploration of how U.S. evangelical Christians use contemporary worship music to build a sense of community across ethnic, regional, and denominational boundaries. Her work also explores the causes and effects of worship music’s transnational circulation. Her recent academic articles explore factors spurring the globalization of North American gospel and Christian popular music; the intersections between public worship and popular music performance; the use of worship music in public spaces; and the influence of digital visual media on worship song aesthetics.

Monique Ingalls is co-editor of the books Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity, and Experience (Ashgate Press, 2013) and The Spirit of Praise: Music and Worship in Global Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity (Penn State University Press, forthcoming). Her articles have been published in journals, encyclopedias, and edited volumes in the fields of ethnomusicology, media studies, hymnology, and religious studies. She serves as president of the Religion, Music, and Sound Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology and is co-founder and program chair for the international conference “Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives,“ held biennially at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford (UK). 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), and the Cambridge University Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award (2014). Dr. Ingalls enjoys teaching interdisciplinary courses on Christian worship that draw insights from musicology and ethnomusicology, popular music and media studies, practical theology, and social science approaches to religion. A performer with eclectic interests, she has played keyboard for ’70s-’80s pop-rock cover bands, participated in a Javanese gamelan orchestra, and currently enjoys singing traditional polyphony from the Republic of Georgia. Active in the Episcopal Church, she serves as pianist, vocalist, and occasional liturgical songwriter. Monique Ingalls is married to Jason, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Waco. They reside near the university with their gray tabby, Gambit.