Laura Brown (IUG-Musicology, ‘14) presented her paper, “Stravinsky and the Sounds of Human Emotion: A Musical Study of the Human Characteristics of the Puppet Petrushka” at a conference hosted by Princeton University in October, 2013. The conference, “Conceptualizing the Human in Slavic and Eurasian Culture,” was an interdisciplinary meeting of scholars dedicated to the changing concept of the human in Slavic and Eurasian culture.
From Erie, Pennsylvania, Laura is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Musicology as well as bachelor's degrees in Music and Russian through the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate program. Her final research project, "The Early Compositional Education of Sergey Prokofiev: A Survey of Pedagogy, Aesthetics, and Influence," is advised by Dr. Charles Youmans. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue musicology at the doctoral level, focusing her research on Russian music.
Laura is one of the winners of the school's 2013 Brewster Award for her paper titled "Renard: Stravinsky, Afanasyev, and the Russian Folk Tale Idiom." A percussionist, she was also the winner of the 2012 Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition.