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Offering MA and PhD degrees, LSU’s graduate program in musicology is known for stressing diversity and flexibility of approach while providing a firm grounding in historical and theoretical methods. Students choose their coursework from a broad roster of offerings, including seminars on specialized topics of faculty research. The innovative and collegial faculty, which has been recognized with university-wide teaching awards, works with students to develop techniques of independent research and critical thinking, preparing them for success in a broad array of careers. Students participate in the organization of LSU’s Biennial Music Colloquium and, as a culmination of their work as TAs, teach courses as instructors of record. As part of LSU’s Music Forum, they interact with prominent scholars from all over the United States; recent guests have included J. Peter Burkholder, Robert Hatten, James Hepokoski, Thomas J. Mathiesen, Simon Morrison, Joseph N. Straus, and Rob Wegman. Students also become active in the American Musicological Society and one of its most successful chapters, the AMS-S. A vibrant concert life, both on and off campus, allows students the opportunities to continue to pursue their own interests in music performance.

Musicology/Music History Faculty

The Musicology faculty at LSU comprises some of the best scholars in their respective fields. They have published research with the leading university presses and professional journals and serve as reviews editors or board members of American Music, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, and Verdi Forum. In addition, they lead innovative projects such as the Study Group on Music & Disability of the American Musicological Society and Saggi musicali italiani of the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature at Indiana University. Such activities have earned them grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Paul Sacher Foundation.

Brett Boutwell’s research interests lie in American music since 1950, with an emphasis on experimental and minimalist music. Recent course offerings include a seminar on the New York School (co-taught with LSU music theorist Jeffrey Perry), a seminar on Modernist Music and Visual Art, and a survey of American Music encompassing classical, traditional, and popular repertories.

Andreas Giger’s research interests include nineteenth-century Italian opera (especially the operas of Giuseppe Verdi and verismo) and the life, compositions, and aesthetic writings of Leonard Bernstein. Recent seminars include Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi, Leonard Bernstein, and, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.

Blake Howe’s research interests include Franz Schubert, nineteenth-century German song, film music, and the intersections between music and disability. Recent seminars and special topics courses include The German Lied: Poetry and Music, Film Music History, Music and Disability Studies, and Performance Practices.

Alison Sanders McFarland’s research interests include music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, specifically patronage and the music of the Vatican, and the music of Josquin and Morales. She also has research interest in the English twentieth century. Recent courses include seminars in The Music of Josquin, Masses of Morales, The English Renaissance, and a survey of English music from Elgar to Britten.

Information/Contact

Dr. Andreas Giger
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agiger1@lsu.edu or 225-578-3688