Laura Moore Pruett
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department
Visual and Performing Arts
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 across the country.
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. She currently serves as the editor of the Society for American Music Bulletin. Her publications include numerous entries for the recent second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music and peer-reviewed articles on the music of American composer-pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American composer and critic William Henry Fry, and Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi. Her research interests include American music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, music and culture, the philosophy of music, and music criticism.