1. Faculty

Emily Laurance

Chair, Music History and Literature


  • Music History
  • French Opera in the 19th Century
  • Folk and Art Song
  • The Ballets Russes


  • Post-Doctoate, Kluge Center, Library of Congress
  • PhD, Musicology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MA, Musicology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MM, Harp, New England Conservatory
  • BM, Harp, Oberlin Conservatory
  • BA, English, Oberlin College


  • Stockton Symphony Orchestra
  • Marin Symphony
  • Symphony Silicon Valley
  • Berkeley Symphony
  • Modesto Symphony
  • Livermore Valley Opera


  • Glen Haydon Outstanding Dissertation Award, UNC
  • RIAA Gold Record, Squirrel Nut Zippers Perennial Favorites

What is your hometown?

Ann Arbor, MI

Who were your major teachers?

Alice Chalifoux, Ann Pilot, James Haar, and James Hepokoski

What are your most important collaborations?

Thomas Gregg, tenor at Boston Conservatory (chamber group, DoubleAction), and Carol Pragides.

Who have you had the privilege of teaching?

Alyssa Burdick and Michael Kropf

What are your academic publications?

"Georges Kastner's Les Voix de Paris (1857): A Study in Musical Flanerie." in Noise, Audition, Aurality: The European Soundscape 1500-1945 (2016)
"Building Assessment from Scratch: Moving from Intuitive to Systematic Assessment Models" in Reframing Quality Assurance in Creative Disciplines: Evidence from Practice (2015)
"The French Vocal Romance and the Sorrows of Exile in the Early American Republic." Proceedings of the 2008 joint conference of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music (2011)

What recordings can we hear you on?

Squirrel Nut Zippers: Perennial Favorites (Mammoth Records)
Berio Sequenza II on Neuma: New Music Series Vol. II (Neuma)

What is your unrealized project?

Edition of Young Convert's Pocket Companion for A-R; Book on the pedal harp in America, 1770-1850.