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Laureen Whitelaw

OFAC 2002

Laureen Whitelaw

Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology

Laureen Whitelaw specializes in the music and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with emphasis on the intersection of female authorship, agency, and identity, and various sociopolitical movements of the late Enlightenment. Introducing original research in this and other areas, she has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including the International Musicological Society (Zurich; invited), the American Musicological Society, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Second International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (Wales, U.K.), and at other conferences in Europe and the U.S.  Whitelaw is published internationally and has forthcoming autograph transcriptions of large-genre works authored by female composers. Her work was recently featured on APMs national program “Performance Today” (see below).

Whitelaw was awarded the Ph.D. in musicology from Northwestern University in 2013 with a dissertation on German female composers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is recipient of a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst research grant, which made possible her dissertation research in Bavaria in 2010-11, and was voted by the Associated Student Government to Northwestern’s Faculty Honor Roll. Whitelaw is also recipient of a Leadership Fellowship from Northwestern’s Center for Leadership, served as artistic coordinator at Ravinia Festival’s Stean’s Institute, and has served on committees of various concert series and at-risk youth organizations. A secondary research interest in performance practice/period performance led to a workshop at Cornell University with Malcolm Bilson.

While completing an undergraduate degree in piano performance, Whitelaw studied with celebrated pianist William Browning at the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, a student of Carl Friedberg (Brahms; C. Schumann) and Will Humble (Godowsky); James Winn, former solo pianist for the New York City Ballet and resident pianist at Telluride; and performing artist, Lois Brandwynne, at the University of California, Davis.


Ph.D. (M.M. inclusive) in Musicology, Northwestern University
B.A. in Music, University of California, Davis


MUHI 6347 Issues in Symphonic Literature
MUHI 6336 Graduate Seminar in Music History
MUHI 6335 Introduction to Graduate Studies
MUHI 4345 Survey of Opera History
MUHI 4302 Undergraduate Seminar in Music History (Women in Music)
MUHI 3301/2 Survey of Music History


Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Research Grant (2010-11)
Faculty Honor Roll, Northwestern University
Leadership Fellowship, Center for Leadership, Northwestern University

LISTEN to the interview with Dr. Whitelaw concerning the keyboard concertos of Nanette von Schaden and Christine Schornscheim’s performance of Schaden’s Concerto in Bb on "Performance Today," American Public Media Network (@30:00 in the first hour)

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