A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice (Hardback)
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A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 30/12/2017
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A Queerly Joyful Noise examines how choral singing can be both personally transformative and politically impactful. As they blend their different voices to create something beautiful, LGBTIQ singers stand together and make themselves heard. Comparing queer choral performances to the uses of group singing within the civil rights and labor movements, Julia "Jules" Balen maps the relationship between different forms of oppression and strategic musical forms of resistance. She also explores the potential this queer communal space creates for mobilizing progressive social action.

Herself a proud member of numerous queer choruses, Balen draws from years of firsthand observations, archival research, and extensive interviews to reveal how queer chorus members feel shared vulnerability, collective strength, and even moments of ecstasy when performing. A Queerly Joyful Noise serves as a testament to the power of music, intimately depicting how participation in a queer chorus is more than a pastime, but a meaningful form of protest through celebration.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813588391
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"I have spent many hours pondering how it is that our work as LGBTQ choruses impacts social change. Julia's book made me laugh and cry but most importantly informs our ongoing efforts to enhance our effectiveness at creating social change through the power of music."
--Robin L. Godfrey "executive director, GALA Choruses "
"Bal n accurately unwraps our shared queer choral musiking with vision and depth while also tracing our connections to other contemporary movements for social justice and equality. In addition, she is able to capture familiar choral issues, events, rehearsals, and performance experiences with humor and aha moments. Wonderfully readable and well researched. Enthusiastically recommended."
--Dr. Catherine Roma "founder of Anna Crusis Women's Choir and current conductor of Hope Thru Harmony Women's Choir "
"A unique and seminal study, A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice is exceptionally informative and extraordinarily well written. An important and primary work of original scholarship."
--Midwest Book Review

"Cultural Singing as Personal and Political," by Julia 'Jules' Balen

--Gay & Lesbian Review

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