Laurie Stras

 Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Southampton


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Laurie Stras studied harpsichord, piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, and gained her doctorate from the University of London in 1995 for her thesis on the madrigals of Marc'Antonio Ingegneri. Before returning to postgraduate studies, she pursued a freelance performing career as both singer and keyboard player. She joined the Royal National Theatre Company in 1988, acting as Musical Director for both touring and repertory productions. She has two main areas of research: sixteenth-century Italian vocal music and twenthieth-century popular music. Her particular interests in both field include female performers and vocality, performance practice and source studies.

Laurie has worked with a number of performing groups. Her editions of Ingegneri and Luzzasco Luzzaschi have been recorded by the Consort of Musicke for West German Radio and, in 1996, a collaboration with the group Musica Secreta formed part of a project awarded the American Musicological Society's Noah Greenberg Award. Now a co-director of the group, in December 1999 she and Musica Secreta were awarded a major Research Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) for 'Dangerous Graces', a project investigating female perofrmances performance practice at the courts of Ferrara and Parma in the 1570s and 80s, the first such award to be made by the ARHB to a collaboration between a performing group and a musicologist.  The first CD to be emerge from the project, Dangerous Graces:  Music by Cipriano de Rore and his pupils, released on Linn Records in 2002, was awarded a Diapason Dcouverte in January 2003.  

For the first nine years of her appointment, Laurie developed courses for and led the undergraduate and postgraduate performance programmes at Southampton.  In 1996, she was awarded a three-year project grant from HEFCE's Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL) to formulate a professional development scheme for instrumental and vocal teachers in higher education, the Performance Teachers' Development Project (PTDP). The project's materials, developed with Louise Gibbs, are used as the basis for the performance teaching module on the MMus (Performance) at Southampton, and also provided the springboard for the LiTMus programme at the Royal College of Music.

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Last updated 10 October, 2003.

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