Dr. Laurel Zeiss

Associate Professor of Musicology
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798
Phone: (254) 710-2360
Fax: (254) 710-1191
E-Mail: laurel_zeiss@baylor.edu

LAUREL E. ZEISS is an Associate Professor of Musicology. As such, she teaches classes in Baroque and Classical music, opera literature, and research methods and bibliography to music majors and graduate students, music appreciation to non-majors, and music literature to music minors. In both 2004 and 2006, Dr. Zeiss was nominated by the Baylor University School of Music faculty and students for an excellence in teaching award.

Dr. Zeiss holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her doctoral dissertation was entitled "Accompanied Recitative in Mozart's Operas: ‘The chef d'oeuvre of the Composer's Art.’" She earned her Master of Arts degree in Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (thesis: "Opus Organization in Haydn's String Quartets") and her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. In addition to her graduate studies in music, Dr. Zeiss studied theology, spirituality, and interfaith issues on a fellowship at Woodbrooke, an international Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, England.

A Mozart opera specialist, Dr. Zeiss’ research has been published in the Cambridge Opera Journal; Ars Lyrica: The Journal of the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations, the College Music Symposium and the Journal of Singing. In January 2006, Dr. Zeiss spoke at the British Library in London as part of that city’s celebrations of Mozart’s 250th Birthday. Professor Zeiss also has presented her research at the international meetings of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the College Music Society, the national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Modern Language Association, and has reviewed publications for Notes, Ars Lyrica, The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music Newsletter and Eighteenth-Century Book Reviews Online. She and her husband Daniel are avid two-steppers and ballroom dancers.