Elizabeth Lyon


  • History of music theory (concentrating on ancient and medieval music theory)
  • Music and premodern science and psychology
  • Music and spirituality
  • Ethics and systematic theology
  • Theories and theologies of liturgy




Ph.D. in Musicology, Cornell University

Dissertation: “Theorizing Music as Spiritual Practice: Perspectives from Augustine to Tinctoris”       Prof. Andrew Hicks, supervisor.   
Major Field: Musicology; Minor Field: Ancient Philosophy


 M.A. Musicology Cornell University


M.M. Violoncello Performance The Juilliard School


B.A. Classical Studies Columbia University summa cum laude

  • Salutatorian


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“‘Magis corde quam organo’: Agazzari, Amadino, and the hidden meanings of Eumelio”, Early Music 48/2 (2020): 157-176.

“Affection, Attention, and the Will: Medieval Models of Devout Song,” The International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 49 (2018): 3–28.

“Ethical Aspects of Listening in Plato’s Timaeus: Pleasure and Delight in 80b5–8,” Greek and Roman Musical Studies 4 (2015): 253–272.


Critical Editions

with Matthew Hall and Zoe Weiss, Agostino Agazzari, Eumelio (A-R Editions) [forthcoming].


Music Criticism

“Saint John Chrysostom at the Grammys? Sacred Sounds in Recent Recordings,” The Hudson Review LXXIV, no. 1 (Summer 2020), 268-274.

“Music for a Time of Crisis: Livestreaming in a Global Pandemic,” The Hudson Review LXXIII, no. 1 (Spring 2020), 131-137.

“A Summer of Music Festivals,” The Hudson Review LXXII, no. 3 (Fall 2019): 459-466.

“Retelling Fidelio: David Lang’s Prisoner of the State,” The Hudson Review LXXII, no. 2 (Summer 2019): 1–8.

“The Art of Programming,” The Hudson Review LXXII, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 95–102.

“Gods, Gurus, and the Search for the Holy Grail: Bach Recordings from 2018,” The Hudson Review LXXI, no. 4 (Winter 2019): 701–714.

“Giving Voice Through Music: Performative Expressions of Nature, Folk, and the Black Experience,” The Hudson Review LXXI, no. 3 (Autumn 2018): 581–590.

“String Quartets: Concepts and Concerts,” The Hudson Review LXXI, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 272–280.

“Curious Conjunctions in Berlin,” The Hudson Review LXXI, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 87–95.

“Early Works, New and Old: Handel, Beethoven, Aucoin,” The Hudson Review LXX, no. 4 (Winter 2018): 628–636.

“Notes from the Road: Part II,” The Hudson Review LXX, no. 3 (Autumn 2017): 447– 454.

“Notes from the Road,” The Hudson Review LXX, no. 2 (Summer 2017): 289–298.

“Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in New Music,” The Hudson Review LXX, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 131–138.

“Tone, Text, and History at Symphony Hall,” The Hudson Review LXIX, no. 4 (Winter 2017): 656–662.


Other Writings

2016–2019 Program Annotator for Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival, Blue Hill, ME.

with Carlos Roberto Ramírez, “Four-Hand Keyboarding in the Long Nineteenth Century: A Conference Report,” Newsletter of the Westfield Center XXVIII, no. 1 (March

2017), 6-9.

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

Scholarships and Grants

2019–2020Sadov Family Research Fellowship (Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences)
2018 Don M. Randel Teaching and Research Fellowship (Cornell University, Department of Music)
2015, 2017, 2018 Cornell Graduate School Conference Travel Grant Award
2013, 2017Cornell University Sage Fellowship
2017Cornell Language Instruction Grant
2016Cornell Council of the Arts Individual Grant Program (with Matthew Hall and David Yearsley)
2012Thelma Altschuler Scholarship, Lillie Chasnoff Miller Scholarship (The Juilliard School)
2012Gluck Community Service Fellowship
2011Irving B. and Joan W. Harris Endowed Scholarship, William R. Hearst Scholarship (The Juilliard School)
2008Rapaport Summer Fellowship (Columbia University)


Honors and Prizes

2016Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize (Cornell University, Department of Music)
2015James Blackmore Prize (Cornell University, Department of Music)
2013William Schumann Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music (The Juilliard School)
2012Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Semifinalist
2012Prix de Musique de Chambre (Conservatoire Américain de Fontainbleau)
2011Phi Beta Kappa Society