Hi, I’m Lydia Warren, a musician, music scholar, and museum professional based in Memphis, Tennessee. I received a PhD in music from the University of Virginia in 2021, a BA in music from Smith College and a Five College Consortium Certificate in Ethnomusicology in 2014, and an AS in music from Middlesex Community College in 2011. Prior to and during my studies, I worked as a full-time internationally-touring professional musician (guitar and voice).

My areas of expertise are American music, music-based tourism, and racial and economic inequity in music. I currently serve as the director of the Morton Museum in Collierville, Tennessee and I am a Fellow at Tourism Reset. I am also a card-carrying member of the Cloud Appreciation Society.