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Prof. Peter Dennee named Fulbright Scholar to research music in Tanzania


Corinne Ness

March 29, 2020

Professor Peter DenneeProfessor Peter Dennee has been selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar award to Tanzania. He will teach and conduct research at Tumaini University Makumira. The University’s Cultural Arts Centre, where he will teach, has an archive of over 1500 video recordings of music from three regional indigenous groups: the Chagga, the Maasai, and the Meru. Prof. Dennee’s research project will use this archive to create a set of comprehensive music teaching and learning resources for use in music classrooms in the U.S., Tanzania, and worldwide.

Prof. Dennee, a 1986 graduate of Carthage, is in his 15th year as a professor within the Music Department. He teaches courses in music education and African musics, conducts the Carthage Treble Choir and the Carthage Chorale, and is the Coordinator of Music Education. He has led 11 international J-Term study abroad experiences to Central Europe, China, Tanzania, and eight times to Namibia. Since 2010, he has worked with the Oonte Centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Ondangwa, Namibia raising over $20,000 to support the mission of the Centre, producing a Christmas CD with the Oonte Children’s Choir as a source for additional fundraising, and completing service-learning projects with Carthage students during their J-Term courses in Namibia. In 2019, he was commissioned to write a song for the 10th anniversary celebration of Oonte. The Oonte Children’s Choir performed this song at the celebration in September 2019.

The Fulbright Scholars Program, like all programs within Fulbright, is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 60 Nobel Laureates, 86 Pulitzer Prize winners, 74 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. 


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