About Emmett

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Emmett G. Price III is one of the nation’s leading experts on Music of the African Diaspora, Christian Worship and the Black Christian Experience. He has spent much of the past few decades writing, lecturing and conducting cutting edge research on bridging the generational divide. A well-regarded scholar, educator and public speaker, Dr. Price has the unique ability to capture the hearts and minds of the most diverse and versatile audiences with his compassionate sense of humor, his amicable intellect and his quick wit. He is a noted print and broadcast media expert, as well as a widely sought-after keynote speaker and preacher. In 2011 the Boston Business Journal recognized him as an “Emerging Leader” and in 2013 honored him as one of the 40 influential businesses and civic leaders in Boston under the age of 40. 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Price received a B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh. He also obtained an M.A. in urban ministry leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Currently, he serves as Professor of Worship, Church & Culture, Founding Executive Director of Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE) and former Dean of Chapel (2016-2020) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to his current post, Dr. Price served on the faculty of Northeastern University (2001-2016) as associate professor of Music and chair of the Department of African American Studies (2008-2012). He has served as visiting professor at Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Andover Newton Theological School and Brandeis University. He is a former research fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

An acclaimed scholar, Dr. Price is the author of HIP HOP Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2006), executive editor of the Encyclopedia of African American Music (ABC-CLIO, 2011) and editor of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide (Scarecrow Press, 2012). He is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the academic journal of the United States Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). Along with numerous commissioned writings and book length chapters, his work can be found in African American ReviewAmerican MusicBlack Music Research Journal, the Boston Banner, the Boston Herald, EthnomusicologyInternational Jazz Archives JournalGIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music JournalNOTES: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, and Yale Journal of Music and Religion.

Dr. Price is a celebrated keynote and public speaker in high demand; he has addressed audiences at Nike, Network Health, the U.S. Coast Guard, Raytheon, Year Up, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Inc., the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Business Journal, American Jazz Museum and many more. He has made several appearances on GBH-TV’s Basic Black and a regular contributor to GBH’s Boston Public Radio segment “All Revved Up!” Dr. Price is the co-executive producer/ co-host of the very popular All Rev’d Up Podcast. He has served as a guest lecturer at over 40 universities worldwide.

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An ordained minister, Dr. Price serves as Founding Pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship (Allston, MA). Since 2011, he has served as the Director of the James Abbington Church Music Academy as part of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference & Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild.

A professional musician, Dr. Price has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Paris and the United Kingdom as both a solo artist and as a sideman. As a composer and arranger, he has worked with internationally lauded poet and playwright Ed Bullins, the Greater Boston/ Cambridge John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble, the Zamir Chorale of Boston and numerous gospel choirs, sacred music ensembles and jazz bands across the globe.
Dr. Price is a respected civic leader and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Emmanuel Gospel Center (EGC). He previously served on the Board of Directors for JazzBoston (former CEO & Board Chair), the MetroWest YMCA Association (former Board Chair), the Friends of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, Message Media Ed and the Boston Urban Music Project (BUMP). Dr. Price currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies and previously served as a Trustee of Massachusetts Bay Community College.