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Heather Laurel

Adjunct Lecturer/Theory & Practicum


Division of Humanities and the Arts




Shepard Hall 78C

p: 212-650-7683


  • Profile

    Heather Laurel is a soprano and music theorist. She has taught music theory, history, and ear training at Ithaca College, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Skidmore College, the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, among other schools. In her dissertation, she analyzes the music of seventeenth-century Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi. Heather has also given numerous papers on feminist singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco. Recently, Heather was invited to write the Grove Dictionary of American Music entries on Billy Joel and the Dave Matthews Band (both are forthcoming). She has performed throughout the tristate area, specializing in contemporary music. She is a native New Yorker, an avid runner and a Yankee fan.

  • Education

    Ph.D. Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY

    M.F.A., Brandeis University

    B.M., Mannes College of Music (The New School)

  • Courses Taught

    Core Music Theory sequence (Theory 1, 2, & 3);

    Core Musicianship sequence (Theory Practicum 1, 2, & 3)

    Women & Music

  • Research Interests

    Barbara Strozzi (1619-77). Venetian composer and singer of (mostly) secular vocal music

    Ani DiFranco (b. 1970). American singer-songwriter and feminist political activist.

    Women composers, popular music analysis.

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