Community Musicology

Community Musicology explores the role of music in our city, and the ways the city of Orange shapes the work of local musicians. The Community Musicology Class and Research Group (CM&RG) brings scholars alongside musicians and residents of Orange, NJ.  

CMC&RG uses music as an entry point to learn about the city. In Orange, there are many languages spoken, many unique cultural practices, and it all happens in 2.2 square miles! We say that everything you need to know about US Cities you can learn in Orange, NJ. Because of the expanse of the international music‐making in Orange, the CMC&RG allows participants a lens by which to see all corners of our world.


Watch videos from the first in our Community Musicology Concert Series:

Sykes & Simmons at the Black Box

You have the right to remain silenced

For Noni & Bill


Research Group Interviews:

Janis Blumgart interviews LaraGonzalez – watch the video

Carl Wilson interviews Margaux Simmons – watch the video

Margaux Simmons interview with Douglas Farrand – listen to the interview

Jaden Sinclair interview with Josh Thompson – read the interview

Margaux Simmons interview with Jamy Lasell – read the interview


Read a report from our first class by Douglas Farrand

Read Reflections & Impressions by Dr. Margaux Simmons



This project was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.


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