Candace Bailey is Professor of Musicology at North Carolina Central University. During the 2020-21 academic year, she will be a Humanities Unbounded Fellow at Duke University. In 2019-20, she was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center as well as the Keller Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. She has served on and chaired several committees of the Society for American Music, the North American British Music Studies Association, the American Musicological Society, and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, in addition to serving as president and vice-president of NABMSA, and secretary of SSCM. She currently is on the editorial board for Studies in British Musical Cultures (University of Clemson Press).

Professor Bailey investigates music in women’s culture of the 19th-century US (particularly the South), and keyboard music in 17th-century Britain. Her books include Seventeenth-Century British Keyboard SourcesMusic and the Southern Belle: From Accomplished Lady to Confederate ComposerCharleston Belles Abroad: The Music Collections of Harriet Lowndes, Henrietta Aiken, and Louisa Rebecca McCord, and Unbinding Gentility: Women Making Music in the Nineteenth Century South (forthcoming, May 2021). She was a contributing editor for Beyond Boundaries: Music Circulation in Early Modern Britain, and has edited two volumes of 17th-century keyboard music. Her articles appear in Music & LettersJournal of the Society for American Music, and elsewhere.

Professor Bailey’s current projects include a study of women, race, and music in the antebellum South; women preserving culture through music during the Civil War; and a relational database of binder’s volumes (bound volumes of sheet music), for which she has begun a blog.


PhD, Musicology, Duke

AM, Musicology, Duke

BMus, Piano Performance, UNC-Greensboro

Other Publications

“ ‘Remember those beautiful songs’: Preserving musical practices through collecting.” Forthcoming in American Music 38/3.

Blog Posts


    Database of binder’s volumes

    women music collectors


    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    AMS-SE Keynote (9 October 2020): “Music in 1853: Alternative methodologies for music history”

    NABMSA (22 July 2020): “ A life in the music of Harriet Spozzi of Hereford”

    Society for American Music (July 2020): “Reconstructed women playing a reconstructed repertory: Beethoven as a sign of women’s independence in the post-Civil War South”

    Duke University (7 Feb 2020): Women, Music, and the Performance of Gentility in the Mid-Nineteenth Century South

    AMS-SE Keynote (14 March): Music in 1853: Alternative Methodologies

    SAM (26 March): Reconstruction Women Playing a Reconstructed Repertory: Beethoven in the South

    Appalachian State University, Invited talk (16 April): Jenny Lind (working title)

    American Antiquarian Society (28 May): Nontraditional Patterns of Gendered Music Circulation






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