Paul Ellison

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Music History, General Music


Paul Ellison teaches music history and music appreciation at SJSU and is also on the faculty of San Francisco State University. He completed his doctorate at the University of Cardiff, UK, in 2010 and previously studied at SJSU (MA, 2003), and the Royal Academy of Music, London, (B.Mus, DipRAM, LRAM).

Paul's research interests include the area of key characteristics and meaning with an emphasis on Beethoven’s music. His publications include a monograph, The Key to Beethoven: Connecting Tonality and Meaning in His Music (2014), and Dear Max/Lieber Malcolm: The Rudolf/Frager Correspondence (2009), which he edited and annotated. He is a contributor to The Beethoven Journal, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music, Notes, Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and the New Grove Dictionary. He is associate editor of The Beethoven Journal and co-editor of The Beethoven Newsletter. He lectures each summer at the Three Choirs Festival in the UK.

Additionally, Paul is Director of Music at Church of the Advent in San Francisco, the city’s historic Anglo-Catholic parish and is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians.