Elizabeth Morgan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: 610-660-1482
Email: emorgan@sju.edu
Website: www.elizabethnataliemorgan.wordpress.com

A native of Oakland, California, Elizabeth Morgan is a music historian and pianist. Her research interests include keyboard and chamber music of the long nineteenth century, music and the body, virtuosity, music and trauma, and music and gender. Professor Morgan earned a Ph.D. in musicology at UCLA, where she wrote a dissertation on amateur women pianists in late Georgian-era England. She has published articles in 19th-century Music (2012 and 2016) and the Journal of the Society for American Music, and she has contributed to collections published by Ashgate and Routledge. As a pianist, Professor Morgan has performed throughout the US, as well as abroad. She frequently gives conversational recitals, where she introduces musical works with commentary from the keyboard, often tying programs together with a common theme or idea. Professor Morgan is best known for her recital program of keyboard works related to Jane Austen, which she has performed at venues around the country and throughout England. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in piano performance at Juilliard, and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano at UCLA, concurrently with her Ph.D. Prior to coming to Saint’s Joe’s, Professor Morgan taught at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz.

Professor Morgan teaches music history, piano performance, and chamber music at St. Joe's. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, their two sons, and their wire fox terrier.


  • B.M., M.M., Piano Performance, The Juilliard School
  • D.M.A., Piano Performance, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles


Courses Taught

  • MTF 143: History of Rock and Pop
  • MTF 154: Piano Performance
  • MTF 157: Western Music History: Antiquity to 1750
  • MTF 158: Western Music History: 1750 to the Present Day
  • MTF 242: Music and Gender
  • MTF 257: American Music
  • MTF 258: Major Composers: Beethoven
  • MTF 258: Major Composers: Bach
  • MTF 354: Advanced Piano Performance
  • MTF 370: Special Topics in Music History: Notions of Subjectivity in Romantic-Era Chamber Music
  • MTF 370: Special Topics in Music History: Mozart's Operas
  • MTF 370: Special Topics in Music History: Music and Childhood



  • "Music of Manifest Destiny in the Mexican American War, 1846-48." Music and War in the United States. Ed. Sarah Kraaz. Routledge, 2019.
  • "Combat at the Keys: Women and Battle Pieces for the Piano During the American Civil War." 19th-Century Music, Vol. 40, No. 1, Summer 2016.
  • "War on the Home Front: Battle Pieces for the Piano from the American Civil War." Journal of the Society for American Music, Vol. 9, No. 4, November 2015.
  • “Pertinacious Industry: The Keyboard Etude and the Female Amateur in England, 1800-1820.” Crafting the Woman Professional in the Long Nineteenth Century: Artistry and Industry in Britain. Eds. Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi and Patricia Zakreski. Ashgate Press, Fall 2013.
  • “The Accompanied Sonata and the Domestic Novel in Britain at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century.” 19th-Century Music, Vol. 36, No. 2, Fall 2012.