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SCC Celebrates Black History Month With A Presentation on "African to Appalachian Music"

Published on Feb 21, 2019

kathy bullockDr. Kathy Bullock will present an inspirational and educational program which explores the connections between African-American and Appalachian Music through stories and songs as she invites the audience to explore and participate in the exciting musical experiences shared by African-American and Appalachian cultures.

On Thursday, February 28, Dr. Bullock will be performing at 6:00 p.m. in the SCC Citizens National Bank Community Room in the Harold Rogers Student Commons on the Somerset Campus at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bullock excitingly engages her attentive audiences through music, singing, stories, and using a PowerPoint presentation. Her presentations are always exciting, educational and fun.

Dr. Bullock is a Professor of Music at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky where she has worked for the past twenty-three years. She has earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Theory from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University, MA.

At Berea College, Dr. Bullock teaches Music Theory, African-American Music, Ethnomusicology, General Studies courses, directs the Black Music Ensemble, (an eighty-voice choir that specializes in the performance of African-American sacred music) and works as a staff accompanist.

She has served as the department chair and works diligently in other administrative capacities in the college. Additionally, Dr. Bullock has designed and completed a new study abroad programs for Berea College students, traveling to Zimbabwe, Ghana, and Jamaica.

Dr. Bullock’s research in sub-African and African-American music and culture, and influences of/connections in the African diaspora has allowed her to give numerous presentations, performances, lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa.

These presentations include: From Negro Spirituals to Jamaican Revival Songs, Singing in the Spirit, African-American Sacred Music, and African-American and Appalachian Musical Connections.

The programs have been performed for organizations such as the Kentucky Humanities Council, Appalshop Voices from Home, Augusta Heritage Center and the Smithsonian Institute Folk Festival as well as scholarly conferences.

For more information, please contact Elaine Wilson, SCC Director of Equity and Inclusion, at (606) 451-6915 or email

Dr. Bullock will also be a speaker at SCC’s upcoming Arnow Conference for the Humanities on April 5th at 4:30 p.m.