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

Recent Work


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)

Course list

Issues in Symphonic LiteratureMUHI 6347
Graduate Seminar in Music HistoryMUHI 6336
Introduction to Graduate StudiesMUHI 6335
Survey of Opera HistoryMUHI 4345
Undergraduate Seminar in Music History (Women in Music)MUHI 4302
Survey of Music HistoryMUHI 3301/2
Laureen Whitelaw