Hymns & Spirituals

Patriotic Odes

Minstrels & Musicals

Protest Songs


Audio Clips

About the curator

Mary Prendergast has been the Assistant Music Librarian in the University's Music Library since 1999. She has a B.A. in Music History and Theory (1979) from the University of Pennsylvania, and after some years spent teaching piano, accompanying church choirs, and working as a library paraprofessional, she received a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University in 1998.

Prendergast credits her parents with instilling in her a lifelong love of music. They still own and operate the music conservatory in southern New Jersey where she studied in her youth (with varying degrees of rigor and aptitude) piano, voice, clarinet, violin, and dance. She has been active in church choirs, community choruses, and theater groups for over 20 years.

"Lift Every Voice" was motivated by the curator's enthusiasm for vocal music and her desire to become better acquainted with the library's strong collections of American vernacular music, which provided the geographic focus for the exhibition.

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