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Lee Chambers


Sarah Day-O'Connell

Associate Professor of Music

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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General Interests

Opera, contemporary African music, history of singing, semiotics, aesthetics, performance practice, globalization.

Years at Knox: 2016 to present


Ph.D., Musicology, 2014, Texas Tech University.
M.A., Music, 2002, Ball State University.
B.A, Mus., Music Performance, 2000, Olivet Nazarene University.

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Texas Tech University Graduate Research Travel Grant (2012), Texas Tech Graduate School.

Don and Kay Cash Graduate Research Grant (2011), Texas Tech CVPA


Chambers, Lee and Robert G. Weiner. “Kiss, Glam Performance, and the Incarnation of Superheroes.” In Global Glam: Style and Spectacle in Popular Music from the 1970s to the 2000s, edited by Ian Chapman and Henry Johnson. London: Routledge [2016-forthcoming].

Chambers, Lee. “Welcome to Whose Nightmare? The Alice Cooper Personae and the Presentation of Self.” Popular Music and Society 36, no. 4 (2013): 444-459. Published online 13 August 2012, DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2012.685001.

Chambers, Lee. “Africanity, Cosmopolitanism, and the Total Work of Art: Selfhood, Social Architecture, and the Operatic Imagination in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa.” In Schlingensief and the African Opera Village. On Imaginations of Opera and the African Continent. Bayreuth: Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth [2016-in progress].

Chambers, Lee. “Opera, Cultural Evolution and the Eternal Song in Tanzania: Watafiti’s Utenzi Gerezani and the Liberation of Artistic Voices.” In Performative Inter-Actions in African Theatre 1: Diaspora Representations & the Interweaving of Cultures, edited by Kene Igweonu and Osita Okagbue, 173-188. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2013.


“‘Something Good Coming from Scrap’: Personal, Environmental, and Artistic Renewal in Watafiti’s Utenzi Gerezani.” Utah Valley University Department of Philosophy and Humanities (Orem, UT), March 2015.

“Sonata Form, the Enlightenment, and the Concert Experience.” Utah Valley University Introduction to Humanities Course (Orem, UT), March 2015.

“Distant Worlds, Science, and the Origin of Opera.” University of Central Oklahoma Department of Humanities and Philosophy (Edmond, OK), May 2014.

“Seduction, Death, and the Global Search for a Black Carmen.” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Lubbock, TX), May 2014 [not presented due to low registration].

“‘Travel’ and ‘Home’ in Kenyan Music Videos.” South Plains College Music Appreciation Course (Levelland, TX), October 2013.

“Musical Meaning in Modern African Music.” South Plains College Music Appreciation Course (Levelland, TX), July 2013.

“Schoenberg, Berg, and Expressionism.” Ball State University Music Appreciation Course (Muncie, IN), April 2001.

Campus & Community Involvement

Member, American Musicological Society

Member, Society for Ethnomusicology

Member, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

Member, African Theatre Association

Memeber, National Association of Teachers of Singing

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