Chair, Music History and Literature
Emily Laurance holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina– Chapel Hill. Her 2003 dissertation was a study of Gustave Charpentier's opera Louise (1900) and its relationship to realist aesthetics in the operatic tradition. In addition to French opera and aesthetics, Laurance has research interests in nineteenth-century American music, the French romance of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and the early pedal harp. She co-founded the duo DoubleAction (with tenor Thomas Gregg), an ensemble that specializes in harpaccompanied song from 1770 to 1840, which they perform using an 1829 singleaction pedal harp. Her recording credits include Luciano Berio's Sequenza II on Neuma Records as well as the Squirrel Nut Zippers album Perennial Favorites, which won the Recording Institute Association of America's Gold Sales award. In 2005-2006 Laurance held a postdoctoral fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Before coming to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she taught at UNC–Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Emily Laurance can be contacted at 415.503.6200 x6315.