Laura Moore Pruett
- Associate Professor, Music
- Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
- 19th Century American Music
- John Sullivan Dwight
- Louis Moreau Gottschalk
My research and scholarship centers on the intersections of music, society and culture in the mid-19th century United States. She is particularly interested in the initial shaping of current perspectives on the classical/popular divide and, more specifically, the value we as American listeners assign to the music we love. My current projects include a critical edition of Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s two symphonies for MUSA and a biography of Bostonian music critic John Sullivan Dwight.
- Ph.D. Historical Musicology Florida State University
- M.M. Historical Musicoloy Florida State University
- B.A. Music Millsaps College
- American Popular and Classical Music
- Historically Authentic Performance Practice
- Intersection of Music and Culture
- Music Criticism
- Music and Politics
- (FAA 1310) The Nature of Music: The Art of Listening
- (FAA 1340) The Concept Album in Popular Music
- (FAA 2301) Music History I: Antiquity to Baroque
- (FAA 2302) Music History II: Classical to the 21st Century
- (FAA 2550W) American Musical Theatre
- (FAA 3100) Music and Spirituality
- (FAA 3171) Music and Politics
Pruett, L. M. (2017). “Porch and Playhouse, Parlor and Performance Hall: Traversing Boundaries in Gottschalk’s ‘The Banjo.’” Journal of the Society for American Music, 11(2), 155-183.
Pruett, L. M. (2012). “Mon triste voyage”: Sentimentality and Autobiography in Gottschalk’s ‘The Dying Poet.’” 19th Century Music, 36(2), 146-158.
Pruett, L. M. (2012). “A Christmas Eve to Remember: William Henry Fry’s ‘Santa Claus’ Symphony.” “Hands-On” Musicology: Essays in Honor of Jeffery Kite-Powell, 344-357.
- Mobile Learning Grant, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Merrimack College, 2016.
- Faculty Development Grant, Merrimack College, 2016
- John and Roberta Graziano Fellowship, Society for American Music, 2015.
- Provost’s Innovation Fund for Faculty-Led Initiative , Merrimack College, 2013.
- Presser Award, Florida State University, 2004.