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Laureen Whitelaw

OFAC 2002

Laureen Whitelaw

Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology

With emphasis on the intersection of female authorship, agency and identity with the various sociopolitical movements of the late Enlightenment, Laureen Whitelaw specializes in the music and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through an interdisciplinary lens. Introducing original research in this and other areas, she has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, and the MusEx International Society. Whitelaw is published internationally and has forthcoming publications concerning her present research, as well as transcriptions of large-genre works authored by female composers.

Whitelaw received 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, recently 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 and Will Humble; 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.

At SMU, Whitelaw has taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on the operatic survey and issues in symphonic literature.


Ph.D. in Musicology, Northwestern University
B.A. in Music, University of California, Davis


Undergraduate and graduate seminars on the operatic survey and issues in symphonic literature.


Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Research Grant (2010-11)

Faculty Honor Roll, Northwestern University

Leadership Fellowship, Center for Leadership, Northwestern University

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