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Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis

esther morgan-ellis
Title: Associate Professor of Music
Phone: 706-867-2218

Office: Nix, 203, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Music in Silent-Era Film Exhibition, Community Singing, Music in WWI, Tin Pan Alley, Appalachian Music


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

Dr. Morgan-Ellis currently serves as Managing Editor for the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

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.


  • 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


Everybody Sing!: Community Singing in the American Picture Palace. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2018.

Forthcoming: “'Making the many-minded one': Community Singing at the Peabody Prep in 1915." Musical Quarterly.

"Learning Habits and Attitudes in the Revivalist Old-Time Community of Practice." Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Number 221. 2019. Pages 29-57.

"A Faculty Learning Community for Contingent Music Appreciation Instructors: Purpose, Structure, Outcomes." Journal of Music History Pedagogy. Volume 9, Number 2. 2019. Pages 173-193.

"Undergraduate Research and Affective Learning: Examining a Contemporary Music Research Project." Journal of Music History Pedagogy. Volume 8, Number 2. 2018. Pages 174-187.
"Warren Kimsey and Community Singing at Camp Gordon, 1917-1918." Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Volume 39, Number 2. 2018. Pages 171-194.

"Edward Meikel and Community Singing in a Neighborhood Picture Palace, 1925–1929." American Music. Volume 32, Number 2. 2014. Pages 172-200.

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