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Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis

esther morgan-ellis
Title: Assistant Professor of Music
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Office: Nix Center 209, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Music in Silent-Era Film Exhibition, Community Singing, Music in WWI, Tin Pan Alley, Appalachian Music

Overview

Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis is the author of Everybody Sing!: Community Singing in the American Picture Palace (2018). Her work has appeared in American Music and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and she has presented papers and lecture-recitals at national conferences.

Dr. Morgan-Ellis currently serves as Book Review Editor for the Bulletin of the Society for American Music, as Secretary for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. Branch, and as Chapter Representative for the South-Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society.

Dr. Morgan-Ellis is also a professional cellist and appears regularly with regional orchestras. At UNG she teaches music history, world music, music in Appalachia, and cello, and she directs the orchestra in Dahlonega.

Education

  • Ph.D., Music History, Yale University, 2013
  • M.Phil., M.A., Music History, Yale University, 2009
  • B.M., Instrumental Performance, University of Puget Sound, 2006

Publications

  • Everybody Sing!: Community Singing in the American Picture Palace. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2018.
  • “Warren Kimsey and Community Singing at Camp Gordon, 1917-1918.” Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. January 2017 online. Forthcoming in print.
  • “Edward Meikel and Community Singing in a Neighborhood Picture Palace, 1925–1929.” American Music. Volume 32, Number 2. Summer 2014. Pages 172-200.
  • Forthcoming: “A Tale of Two Women: Community Singing at the Peabody Prep, 1915-1918.” Musical Quarterly.

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