Erin Johnson-Williams

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Professorial Staff - Academic Studies

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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Faculty of Music, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF

Email: [email protected]

Phone One: +44 (0)20 8305 4396


Erin Johnson-Williams (formerly Erin Johnson-Hill) has just submitted her PhD Dissertation to the Department of Music at Yale University. Holding a Bachelor of Music with Honours from Otago University (New Zealand) and an MPhil from Cambridge University, her interdisciplinary research interests include nineteenth-century British music and visual culture, social and economic histories of musical education, and the relationship of musical institutions in Britain to colonial and imperial culture. Other research interests include music education and cultural diversity, the imperial history of music in relation to missionary movements, and American shape-note music, of which she is an avid singer. Erin moved to London in 2013 as a Visiting Research Associate to the ERC Funded ‘Music in London, 1800-1851’ Project at King’s College London. 

Qualifications / Educational Background

Erin completed her PhD at Yale University, and in 2015 submitted her Doctoral Dissertation, entitled ‘Re-Examining the Academy: Music Institutions and Empire in Nineteenth-Century London’.

Creative Outputs

[Under Review:] ‘White Examiner, Black Evangelist: Systems of Music in London and South Africa in 1894’. (Submitted for Review, 2015).

Published under the name of Erin Johnson-Hill:
‘Imperial Surveillance: Ideologies of Late Nineteenth-Century British Musical Education’, CHOMBEC Newsletter (June, 2015).
‘Miscellany and Collegiality in the British Periodical Press: The Harmonicon (1822-1832)’, Nineteenth-Century Music Review 9/2 (2012): 255-293.

Academic Conference Organisation:

With Yvonne Liao and Phillip Burnett, Taking British Music(s) Abroad: Soundscapes of the Imperial Message, Study Day at King’s College, London, 16 June, 2015.
With Professor Tim Barringer at Yale University, and in association with Roger Parker and the ERC-Funded Music in London project at King’s College, London: Sonic Spaces: Music and Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century London at Yale University, March 27-28, 2015.
With Dr. Emily Green, Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University: Consuming Music, Commodifying Sound, 1750-1850 Conference at Yale University, October 5-6, 2012.

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