NCCU Professor Named Fulbright Specialist

Posted October 05, 2021, 10:07AM
Candace Bailey, Ph.D.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Music Professor Candace Bailey, Ph.D., has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Currently, Bailey is completing a project at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in Austria that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions and communities in the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities.

“Our conversations range from debating different methodologies to in-depth readings of primary source materials,” Bailey said.

Bailey is among 400 U.S. citizens selected who will share their expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year. Individuals were considered for the honor on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Her research focuses on women and music in the southern United States during the nineteenth century and keyboard music in England during the 17th century.

“European musicologists are well versed in their own music history, however, they’re much less familiar with music cultures of the United States,” Bailey adds. 

In 2019, she was named a fellow of the National Humanities Center. Bailey also serves as an NCCU-Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute Digital Humanities fellow.

Most recently, Bailey was named the NCCU John C. Neville Distinguished Professor of the Visual and Performing Arts. Before joining NCCU in 1998, Bailey served numerous roles at Duke University, including as a visiting professor and scholar.

Among her prominent academic endeavors, Bailey received the 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities HBCU Faculty Award for her project examining music in the context of the lives of women who lived in the South between 1840 and 1870. She also received the American Antiquarian Society’s Kate Van Winkle Keller Fellowship for Research in Early American Music and Dance to engage in scholarly research and writing on American music.

Bailey, a published author and editor, released her most recent work “Unbinding Gentility: Women Making Music in the Nineteenth-Century South” in April.

In 2018, she wrote “Charleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louisa Rebecca McCord.” She also served as a contributing editor for “Beyond Boundaries: Rethinking Music Circulation in Early Modern Britain” which was published in 2017.

Bailey obtained a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). In 2017, UNCG honored her with the Distinguished Alumna Award. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in musicology from Duke University.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State.

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