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Rev. Robert R. Grimes, SJ

University Professor and Dean emeritus of FCLC

Robert Grimes

Walsh Family Library 418
Fordham University-Rose Hill Campus
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458



B.A. Fordham, B.Mus. Manhattanville, M.Div. Weston, Th.M. Weston, Ph.D. Pittsburgh


Ethnomusicology, music and ritual, 19th-century American music

Courses Taught

  • Music History Introduction
  • Music and Ritual
  • Music of the Americas


Father Grimes is a Jesuit priest and his interest in music and ritual led him to the field of ethnomusicology. He was an AMS 50 Fellow of the American Musicological Society, and his work has been recognized by the “Irish in America” award from the University of Notre Dame and has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He served as Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center from 1997 to 2018.

Selected Publications

“A Grand Selection of Sacred Music: Benjamin Carr and Early Nineteenth Century Catholic Music in Philadelphia” U.S. Catholic Historian 30 (Fall 2012): 21-37

“Come Buy Hot Corn! Music, Sentiment, and Morality in 1850s New York.” Journal of the Society for American Music 5 (February 2011): 33-59.

“Form, Content, and Value: Seeger and Criticism to 1940.” In Foundations of A Modern Musicology: Understanding Charles Seeger. Helen Rees and Bell Yung, editors. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999, pp. 64-83.

How Shall We Sing in a Foreign Land? Music of Irish Catholic Immigrants in the Antebellum United States. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1996.