Johann Buis, D.A.

Associate Professor of Music (Musicology), Coordinator of Music History Area
On Faculty since 2003

Office: Pierce Hall 202
Phone: (630)752-5824


D.A., Ball State University

About Johann Buis

Johann S. Buis held positions at the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR), Columbia College Chicago and the University of Georgia, where he was tenured in musicology. He holds degrees and diplomas from London University, Ball State University, the University of Cape Town, and the Orff Institute, Mozarteum University, Salzburg, among others.

He held a Fulbright Fellowship in 1982-83 and was a post-doctoral Rockefeller Research Fellow during 1995-96 at the CBMR. His scholarship ranges from early music performance history to the aesthetics and reception history of black music between the United States and urban centers in Africa. He has had articles and reviews on wide-ranging topics published in College Music Symposium, Issue, Ethnomusicology, Early Music America, MLA Notes, Torture Journal and other periodicals, and he was a co-author with Art and Margot Rosenbaum of Shout Because You're Free! The Ring Shout Tradition in Coastal Georgia (University of Georgia Press, 1998). During the last several years he has been very active in interdisciplinary scholarship integrating musicology, ethnomusicology, and cultural theory.

He has been in demand as a lecturer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other organizations. In addition, he held seminars in the USA, the Caribbean, South Africa, and Germany. His professional activities include service on standing committees (including the Board of Directors) of the American Musicological Society (AMS) and the Society for American Music (SAM). His international activities include conference and seminar presentations, consultation, and service as an external examiner for doctoral dissertations.


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