Dr. Johann S. Buis, Associate Professor of Musicology, Wheaton College, Illinois, was tenured in musicology both at the University of Georgia (1989-97) and Wheaton College (2003-present). He holds degrees and diplomas from London University, Ball State University, the University of Cape Town, and the Orff Institute, Mozarteum University of Salzburg, the University of the Western Cape, among others. He was a post-doctoral Rockefeller Research Fellow during 1995-96 at the CBMR and held a Fulbright Fellowship in 1982-83.
His scholarship ranges from performance history of early music to the aesthetics and reception history of black music between the United States and urban centers in Africa. He is co-author of Shout Because You're Free! The Ring Shout Tradition in Coastal Georgia (University of Georgia Press, 1998). A versatile public musicologist, he has published widely, from College Music Symposium, Ethnomusicology, Early Music America, MLA Notes, to Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture and Issue: A Journal of Opinion, and other periodicals.
He is Past-President of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music (SCSM), an international professional academic organization. Currently, he chairs the Board of Directors of Soli Deo Gloria, Inc., a commissioning and advocacy foundation for sacred music in the biblical tradition.
He directed both International Initiatives at the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR), Columbia College Chicago, as well as the African Studies Program at the University of Georgia.
During recent years, he has been active in interdisciplinary scholarship integrating musicology, ethnomusicology, and cultural theory. At present, he is in his nineteenth season as a pre-concert lecturer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also held numerous seminars in the USA, the Caribbean, Germany, and South Africa. His professional activities include many committee assignments, including as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the American Musicological Society (AMS). He served on standing committees of the Society for American Music (SAM). His experience in exploring new pathways in American and Africanist scholarship brings fresh perspectives to music scholarship.