A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice (Hardback)Julia Balen (author)
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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
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
--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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