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Visual & Performing Arts

Laura Moore Pruett, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Department of Visual and Performing Arts
M.M. and Ph.D., Florida State University
B.A., Millsaps College

Laura Moore Pruett holds the M.M. in musicology with a certificate in early music and a Ph. D. in historical musicology with a dissertation titled “Louis Moreau Gottschalk, John Sullivan Dwight, and the Development of Musical Culture in the United States, 1853-1865.” Dr. Pruett is from Lafayette, Louisiana, and received her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Vocal Performance from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She has performed with several professional-level Renaissance and Baroque vocal ensembles.

Dr. Pruett has presented papers annually at regional and national meetings of the College Music Society, the American Musicological Society, and the Society for American Music, among others.  Her publications include numerous articles for the upcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, an article on Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi, and a forthcoming article on American composer and critic William Henry Fry.  Her research interests include American music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, music and culture, the philosophy of music, and music criticism.

Laura Pruett