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Paul Laird

Professor of Musicology
785-864-9716
Murphy Hall, Rm. 334

Director of the Musicology Division from 2000 to 2009, Paul R. Laird has taught at the University of Kansas since 1994 after previous experience at Binghamton University and University of Denver. He teaches courses on Baroque music, American music, and music of the twentieth century, in addition to more general music history classes. He holds a PhD in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include the Spanish and Latin American villancico, Leonard Bernstein, the American musical theater, and early string instruments. He is the author of Towards a History of the Spanish Villancico (Harmonie Park Press, 1997), Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Research(Routledge, 2002), The Baroque Cello Revival: An Oral History(Scarecrow Press, 2004), Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms(College Music Society and Pendragon Press, 2010), Wicked: A Musical Biography (Scarecrow Press, 2011), and is co-editor ofRes musicae: Essays in Honor of James W. Pruett (Harmonie Park Press, 2001), On Bunker’s Hill: Essays in Honor of J. Bunker Clark (Harmonie Park Press, 2007), and The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (Cambridge University Press, 2002; 2nd edition, 2008). With William A. Everett, Laird wrote The Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical (Scarecrow, 2007) and they served as co-commissioning editors for musical theater forThe New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd edition). Laird's articles and reviews have appeared in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.), Anuario musical, Nassarre, Revista de Musicología, Early Music, Australian Journal of Musicology, CMS Symposium, MLA Notes, Historical Performance, American Music, American Record Guide, Continuo Magazine, Studies in Musical Theatre, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, and other journals, conference proceedings, published collections, and Festschrifts. Laird has presented papers and lectures at many conferences and universities in the United States and Europe. Laird directs the Instrumental Collegium Musicum and is active as a Baroque cellist, performing with the Spencer Consort. In August 2002, he won a University of Kansas W. T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. His current projects include a study of the musical theater of Stephen Schwartz and the publication of the orchestral score of the Broadway show Gypsy. His teaching career has included four courses taught on music research in Ecuador for the Universidad de Cuenca.


Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually