The College of Arts and Architecture

Elizabeth Morgan, piano

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 2:30pm

122 Music Building II

Free Admission

Pianist and music historian Elizabeth Morgan, a faculty member at St. Joseph's University, presents a guest lecture recital titled "Professional Women Musicians and Writers in England during Haydn's Time." The event is open to the public.


Praised by the Baltimore Sun for her “achingly sweet touch at the keyboard,” Elizabeth Morgan brings history and performance alive in her conversational Elizabeth Morganrecitals, writing, lectures, and teaching. A native of San Francisco, she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in piano performance at The Juilliard School, before completing her doctorate in music history as a Dean’s Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. Now an assistant professor  at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, she maintains a busy performance and lecture schedule.

Morgan frequently gives conversational recitals, where she introduces musical works with commentary from the keyboard, often crafting programs around a single theme or idea. She is best known for a conversational recital program of musical works related to Jane Austen, which she has performed throughout the United States and at venues around England, including the Jane Austen Memorial Archive and the Cobbe Collection.

She has performed as soloist in many major American venues, including performances in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Society Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the New York Library for the Performing Arts, Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), and the Clark Library (Los Angeles). She has been invited to give lectures and recitals at Vassar College, Lawrence University, the University of Nevada, Neue Galerie, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Morgan has appeared as soloist with orchestras on both coasts and has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company. She has also performed at festivals including Tanglewood, where she was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Festival of the Hamptons, Pianofest, Aspen Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival. She has performed on National Public Television where she was profiled as part of an American Masters documentary, on National German Radio, and on local radio stations throughout the United States.

Morgan’s research and writing focus on music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, particularly works for the keyboard and for small ensembles. She is especially interested in embodiment, virtuosity, music and gender, and performance studies. She has given papers at numerous conferences, including national meetings of the American Musicological Society (2008 and 2010), the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Feminist Theory and Music, and the North American British Music Studies Association. Her work has been recognized with awards from the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. She was offered a New Faculty Fellowship at Columbia University, sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies, which she declined in order to accept her position at St. Joseph's. Her writing has been published in the journal 19th-Century Music and is forthcoming with Ashgate Publishing.

In addition to studying, performing, and teaching, Elizabeth is an avid cook, hiker, and runner.  She lives in Nether Providence, PA, with her husband, Kevin, their son, Thomas, and their wire fox terrier, Moose.