Laura Prichard, MM, MLS, PhD
Part-Time Lecturer, Music History & Analysis
Laura Stanfield Prichard teaches undergraduate survey courses for the Northeastern Music Department. She also teaches Music History for UMass-Lowell and Jazz History at Nashua Community College (NH). She is the Principal Pre-Concert Speaker for Boston Baroque, Boston Opera Collaborative, and the 4-week summer Berkshire Choral Festival. She has been a regular lecturer for the San Francisco Symphony since 1997, for the Chicago Symphony since 2004, for the San Francisco Opera (1997-2002, and 2014-) and has presented lectures at the Banff Centre, the Fenice Opera House in Venice, and at conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Music Library Association, the Sonneck Society for American Music, and the American Musical Instrument Society.
An alumna of Volti (professional new music chorus) and former assistant conductor to Vance George for the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, she taught music and dance at CSU-East Bay (Hayward) and San Francisco State University from 1995-2003, where she was awarded the Professional Promise Award. Ms. Prichard has led the Sharing a New Song Chorus (Newton) on televised concert tours of South Africa and Vietnam and conducted the Yale Alumni Chorus in Moscow and the Netherlands. She has directed the music program at First Parish of Arlington since 2003. Laura and her husband Michael are active members of the Boston choral community, singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (the chorus of the Boston Symphony), Boston Pops, and the New World Chorale.
She is a series editor for 18th-20th-century European orchestral scores published by Musikproduktion Höflich in Munich, Germany. Other recent work includes presentations in Russia, Newfoundland, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and New York City on choral music and dance and over a dozen entries for the Encyclopedia of Latin Popular Music (2012) and the landmark revision of the multi-volume New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013).