Music

Dr. Joshua Busman

Joshua Kalin Busman, a native of Knoxville, TN, comes to North Carolina from just over the Great Smoky Mountains. In 2009, he graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition. In 2011, he completed an M.A. in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a thesis focusing on sixteenth-century French Calvinist psalm-singing. In May 2015, he received his Ph.D. in Musicology from UNC Chapel Hill with a dissertation titled “(Re)Sounding Passion: Listening to American Evangelical Worship Music (1997-Present).” His dissertation examines pop- and rock-styled Christian worship music in American evangelicalism using ethnography, phenomenology, and post-structural analyses. More broadly, his research interests include music in religious communities, liturgical theology, mass-media, and identity politics in American popular music. Over the past several years, Joshua has presented his research at a host of regional, national, and international conferences and published work in "Sounding Board" from Ethnomusicology ReviewThe Avid ListenerMAKE Magazine The Other Journal, and The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, as well as in edited collections from Routledge Press and Lexington Books. He serves as the current president of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Southeast and Caribbean Chapter as well as the Society for Ethnomusicology's Religion, Music, and Sound study group. In addition to his academic work, Joshua also serves as “Music Nerd-in-Residence” for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, connecting classical music to the broader public through his writing and speaking. When he isn't reading, writing, or researching, Joshua likes to play guitar and hang out with his wife, son, and hound dog at their home in Fayetteville, NC.