Laurie McManus

Assistant Professor, Music History and Literature

Conservatory Academics

Ruebush, 220


Faculty Member since 2011

Teaching Area:

Music Literature


B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Highlights

  • Laurie McManus's broad interests in aesthetics, gender, and the intersection of the arts inform both her teaching and research. Her research concerns nineteenth-century music and culture, especially in relation to Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner. She completed a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, and is working on a book manuscript analyzing Brahms reception in the context of nineteenth-century notions of purity and sensuality. She has presented at national and international conferences, and has published in Nineteenth-Century Music, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, Jazz Perspectives, Studi Musicali, and the American Brahms Society Newsletter. Her research has been supported by a fellowship from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies and the Karl Geiringer Scholarship in Brahms Studies from the American Brahms Association.
Personal Highlights

McManus plays both harpsichord and piano; while at UNC-Chapel Hill, she peformed regularly with the UNC Baroque Ensemble.