Deirdre Morgan is an ethnomusicologist, lecturer, and performer who holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (2006), and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology (2008), both from the University of British Columbia. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music at SOAS, University of London, completing a dissertation on jew's harp revival communities in Europe. Deirdre currently lectures in world music and ethnomusicology at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College.
For the past decade, Deirdre has sought out the jew's harps of the world and the people who play them, and her travels have so far taken her across North America, Europe, Russia, and Bali. Deirdre is also an interdisciplinary performer whose interests include traditional music and improvisation.
As an arts administrator, Deirdre has worked for several professional performing arts organizations (Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver International Song Institute, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, musica intima vocal ensemble). She served as Executive Director of the Jew's Harp Guild and the North American Jew's Harp Festival for two years, and Director of the SOAS Mouth Harp Society for three years. She is currently a Board member with the International Jew's Harp Society. She has appeared on CBC Radio, Voice of America, NPR, SOAS Radio, CiTR, and Fairchild TV.
Deirdre Morgan, PhD Candidate
Music Department, SOAS, University of London
London WC1H 0XG