Dr. Monique Ingalls

Assistant Professor of Church Music
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Monique Ingalls (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2008) is an ethnomusicologist and Assistant Professor of 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, religious studies, and ecclesiology; recent 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 influence how worship music is made and marketed. Her first monograph, entitled Music Making Congregations: How Contemporary Worship Music Forms Community in North American Evangelical Christianity, is under review with Oxford University Press. 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 ways of creating community. Her current research examines the growing popularity of gospel choir music in European community choirs. This multi-year project will draw from three research sites in Northern, Western, and Eastern Europe, using gospel community choirs as a window for understanding the meanings and roles of Christian music in urban, multicultural, post-Christian contexts.

Dr. Ingalls is dedicated to building collaborative research networks for the study of Christian 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 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 2018) and is a 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), the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Senior Research Fellowship (2015), and induction into Baylor’s Rising Star Program for researchers (2017). Dr. Ingalls’s courses on music in Christian worship draw insights from across music studies, media studies, the social sciences, and practical theology. In addition to classical training as a pianist and choral singer, her eclectic musical experience encompasses playing keyboard for ’70s-’80s pop-rock cover bands, participating in a Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra, and singing traditional polyphony from the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Ingalls resides in North Waco with her husband, daughters, and cats, and serves in the music ministry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.

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