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Lillie GordonLillie Gordon

Lecturer of Musicology
Hired: 2015
Non-tenure track

University of Tennessee
School of Music
233 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040

Ethnomusicologist Lillie Gordon specializes in the musics of Egypt and the larger Arab World. Her current research focuses on musical intersections in the lives of violinists in Cairo, particularly their position between Western classical music and Arab music. More broadly, her interests include musics of the Middle East, music and postcolonial studies, music and nostalgia, music and gender, and organology. Her work has been funded by a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation fellowship, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a winner of the Ki Mantle Hood Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology (2007).

Heavily invested in bringing her research experiences into the classroom, Professor Gordon challenges students to question categories, practice active listening, and actively engage with understanding music in context. She has previously taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Gordon is the founder and director of the University of Tennessee Middle East Ensemble, a group of UT students and community members that performs music from throughout the Middle East in the Knoxville area and beyond. As an active performer, Professor Gordon has studied Arab-style violin playing and the Arab lute (‘ud) with renowned teachers in the U.S. and Egypt over the last two decades, including Mr. Sa‘d Muhammad Hassan and Dr. Hussein Saber. She has performed throughout the U.S. and Egypt with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, the University of Illinois Balkan Ensemble (“Balkanalia”), and other groups.

  • PhD in Ethnomusicology - University of California, Santa Barbara (2014)
  • MA in Ethnomusicology - University of California, Santa Barbara (2007)
  • BA in Music - The College of William and Mary (2002)

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