About Dr. Bullock
Dr. Kathy Bullock is a professor of music at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky who also provides workshops and other musical programs in African American sacred music throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. A performer, conductor, accompanist, arranger, and scholar, she specializes in gospel music, spirituals and classical music of the African diaspora, sharing the joy of this music-culture everywhere she goes.
Having 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, Dr. Bullock has worked for over twenty-eight years at Berea College teaching courses in Music Theory, African-American Music, Ethnomusicology, and General Studies. Currently director emeritus of the Black Music Ensemble she directed the ensemble for twenty-seven years. A choral ensemble that specializes in African American sacred music, the Black Music Ensemble, under Dr. Bullock’s directorship developed from a small student-run ensemble to an accredited, diverse, exciting ensemble of over seventy students, one of the primary music ensembles in the college. Additionally, Dr. Bullock has designed and led new and transformative international study programs in Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Jamaica. A former chair of the music department, she has also served diligently in many areas of college governance.
Dr. Bullock’s research in African and African-American music and culture and the African diaspora has afforded her the opportunity to provide presentations including Singing in the Spirit, African-American Sacred Music and African-American and Appalachian Musical Connections. She is a teacher/presenter at singing camps for organizations such as Village Harmony, Swannanoa and Common Ground on the Hill. Other research projects include the compilation and completion of a new edition of art songs by contemporary African-American composers.
Dr. Bullock shares the infectious joy and inspires heartfelt connections as she sings, plays teaches and thus conveys the transcending power of love and of God through music.