Dr. Candace Bailey is a native North Carolinian and currently lives on her ancestral farm in a rural area in the Coastal Plains region. Her undergraduate degree (BM) is in Piano Performance, and her AM and PhD are in Musicology. During the 2020–2021 academic year, she was a fellow with the Humanities Unbounded program at Duke University.
Dr. Bailey began her musicology career with a focus on music in Britain during the seventeenth century, specifically keyboard music practices. In the 2000s, she expanded her research agenda to include women and music in the nineteenth-century United States, with a focus on music in the South.
When not working on her research projects or teaching, she performs locally as a soprano, pianist, organist, and harpsichordist. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, painting, and traveling. Growing up, she dabbled in many of the same accomplishments as the women whose lives she studies – times may change, but they change slowly.