Laura Moore Pruett

Academic Title

  • Associate Professor, Music

Additional Titles

  • Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Administrative Support

  • 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

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.