Marlboro College


Horace Boyer, professor of music emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and gospel singer, musical director and author, will discuss and demonstrate the musical heritage of the black American church on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Serkin Center for the Performing Arts at Marlboro College as part of the Monday Night Lecture Series on “Creativity.”

In “Rhythm and Creativity in the Black Church,” Boyer will illustrate how gospel music is influenced by and infused with the primary elements of the black church prayer service: singing, preaching, shouting and testifying.

As Professor of Music Theory and African American Music, Boyer directed the Voices of New Africa House Workshop Choir and the Vocal Jazz and African American Music Ensemble of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Boyer also performed gospel music with his brother James as part of the “Boyer Brothers” in concerts and festivals throughout 40 states. A talented musical director, Boyer has supervised several musicals including James Baldwin’s Blues for Mr. Charlie. Boyer is the author of over 40 articles in numerous journals in addition to the book, How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel. He was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Medallion by the University of Massachusetts in 1990. Boyer received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester and his B.A. in music from Bethune-Cookman College.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Monday Night Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and an anonymous donor. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (

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