Laura Stanfield Prichard

Laura Stanfield Prichard lectures regularly for the Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony and Opera. She is the Principal Pre-Concert Speaker for Berkshire Choral International and Boston Baroque, is a visiting reasearcher at Harvard, and is a series editor for 18th-20th-century orchestral scores (Musikproduktion Höflich, Munich, Germany). She was the President of the Pacific Chapter of the College Music Society and Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Vance George (1995-2003) and was a finalist last year for the 2015 Pauline Alderman Award for outstanding writing on women and music.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer sent her to Cuba in 2015 as a foreign correspondent, and she has reviewed concerts for them since 2010. She holds a PhD (Musicology) and MM (Choral Music) from the University of Illinois and BAs in Music and Modern Languages from Yale. Her twenty years of college teaching includes seminars in music, dance, and art history at CSU-East Bay (Hayward) and San Francisco State University (1995-2003) and at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts (2004-present). 

Recent research includes invited lectures at Harvard, Oxford, and NYU and conference papers in St. Petersburg, Dublin, and St. Johns, Newfoundland on choral and ballet music. Her more than 200 translations of song and choral texts are available through She has contributed two dozen entries to the Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music (2012), the landmark revision of the multi-volume New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013), and the forthcoming Music Around the World (2017) and SAGE Encyclopedia Music and Culture (2017).


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