Dr Sigrun Lilja Einarsdottir

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

MA (Bifröst, Iceland), PhD (Exeter, UK)


Sociology of music, sociology of choral performances and activities, Johann Sebastian Bach, composer-orientation of amateur choirs, music and identity, music and cultural capital, music and social capital, informal music education, choral leadership studies, cultural policy and management, organisational studies of amateur music ensembles.


Dr Sigrun Lilja Einarsdottir is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow in the Faculty of Music for the academic year 2016 – 2017. Her 1-year research project looks at the collective identities and cultures of collegiate choirs at University of Oxford and focuses on cultural-political issues and challenges facing the choral/musical tradition in Oxford colleges and halls in the 21st century. This research is mentored by Professor Eric Clarke at the Faculty of Music and Professor Tia DeNora at University of Exeter.

Sigrun finished her PhD at University of Exeter in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Tia DeNora. The topic of her thesis dealt with the formation of musical identities, musical preferences and musical development of members in an amateur, composer-oriented Bach choir and the process of rehearsing and performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Sigrun holds a permanent post as Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Bifröst University, Iceland and is a member of the Sociology of the Arts research group (SocArts) at University of Exeter.


Einarsdottir, S. L. & Gudmundsdottir, H. R. (2016). The role of choral singing in the lives of amateur choral singers in Iceland. Music Education Research 18(1), 39-56

Einarsdottir, S. L. (2015). Constructing ‘My Bach’: Relevance of Historical Constructions of Bach for Members in an English Amateur ‘Art Music’ / Composer-oriented Bach Choir. International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 46(1), 95-116.

Einarsdottir, S. L. (2014). ‘Leaders,’ ‘followers’ and collective group support in learning ‘art music’ in an amateur composer-oriented Bach Choir. British Journal of Music Education, 31(3), 281-296

Einarsdottir, S. L. and Sigurjonsson, N. (2010). ‘Without somebody to keep you going, you´re like a headless doll, aren´t you?´ The role and importance of the choral conductor. Rannsóknir í félagsvísindum XI (Research in Social Science XI), 253-259.

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