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Laurel Parsons

Sessional Lecturer, Music Theory

Music Building
Tel. 604-822-3113

Current courses



Laurel Parsons holds a PhD and Masters degrees in Music Theory from UBC, where her research focused on the music of Elisabeth Lutyens and Richard Strauss. With Brenda Ravenscroft, she is the editor of the four-volume series Analytical Essays of Music by Women Composers (Oxford University Press, 2016), the inaugural volume of which received the Society for Music Theory’s 2017 Publication Award for Outstanding Multi-Author Collection.

She served as Chair of the SMT Committee on the Status of Women from 2012–15, and has given talks on women in music at conferences across North America and the UK. Her publications include articles and book chapters on the music of Elisabeth Lutyens, dyslexia and post-secondary aural skills pedagogy, and representations of Inuit poetry in late 20th-century Canadian art music.