April Morris

PhD Candidate and Lecturer
Office: TC 422
Email: amorri95@uwo.ca

April Pauline Morris is a PhD candidate in Musicology at Western University. She holds a Master of Arts in Musicology, also from Western (2015), as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Musicology from the University of Ottawa (2013). April is a recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2016-2020), an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015-2016), and a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2014-2015).

Born and raised in a family of classical musicians, April is interested in the role of performers and performance in music history, particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her doctoral dissertation explores the influence of cultural movements on American composers during the Vietnam War. Other research interests include collaborative relationships between composers and performers, virtuosity and the concerto genre, and the role of the audience. April has presented her research at conferences in Canada and the United States, including meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and the Canadian University Music Society. She was awarded the Mark Tucker Prize for her presentation at the Society for American Music’s annual conference in 2020.

April is an active member of the graduate student community at Western. She held the position of Deputy Speaker for the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) from 2018-2020, and she served four terms as Chair of the Society of Graduate Students in Music (SOGSIM). As a violinist, April often performs with ensembles in the London area and in the Ottawa Valley. She is also a string faculty member at the Deep River Summermusic Camp.