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Jamie Apgar

Research interests: Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England; intersections of music and the politics of religion; discourses and theologies of music, sound, and public worship; uses and methodologies of historical narrative in early modernity.

Personal statement

Jamie’s first musical education came as a treble in the boys’ choir of an Episcopal church in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. After graduating from Yale, he spent a year playing organ and singing countertenor professionally for numerous organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, including the Choirs of Washington National Cathedral. Holding the M.A. from Berkeley, Jamie is completing a Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Singing ‘By Course’ and the Politics of Worship in the Church of England, c1560-c1640.” He also serves as Associate for Music at All Souls Episcopal Parish, Berkeley–where he plays the organ, directs the choirs, and oversees the music program–and sings alto and tenor with several of the Bay Area’s top vocal ensembles.


“In Search of Lost Voices,” article coauthored with Richard Freedman and Micah Walter, Journal of the Alamire Foundation (forthcoming)

“How to Sing like Angels: Isaiah, Ignatius of Antioch, and Protestant Worship in England,” essay in Music, Myth, and Story in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. Katherine Butler and Samantha Bassler (forthcoming)

“Early Modern Histories of Singing in Alternation,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Boston, March 31-April 2, 2016.

“Musical ‘tennice balles’, Liturgical Style, and William Byrd’s Great Service,” paper presented at the Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference, Birmingham, UK, July 3-6, 2014, and at the conference Godly Governance: Religion and Political Culture, 1500-1750, York, UK, June 27-28, 2014.

“Elizabethan Decorum and Byrd’s Gradualia,” paper presented at the Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference, Certaldo, Italy, July 4-7, 2013.

“Grace” for SATB choir with divisi, composition commissioned by Magdalen College, Oxford for the 550th anniversary of its founding (2008).