Laura Brown (IUG-Musicology, ‘14) has been invited to present her paper, "Poetu: The Synthesis of Music and Poetry in Rimsky-Korsakov's Op. 45 Song Cycle 'To the Poet'" in St. Petersburg, Russia at a conference titled "The Triumph of Russian Music: A Window to the World." This international research conference celebrating the 170th anniversary of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's birth will take place March 21-23, 2014.
Laura's paper is one of only five chosen from the United States for inclusion. Other presenters hail from Africa, Europe, Great Britain, and Russia. Held at the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, the conference proceedings will eventually be published.
Most recently, Laura presented 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 changing concepts of humanism in Slavic culture. Previously, she was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities for a graduate summer research residency in which she studied the generation of composers with careers most active around the time of the Russian Revolution. Laura was the recipient of the School of Music's 2013 Marjorie Brewster Award for her paper titled "Renard: Stravinsky, Afanasyev, and the Russian Folk Tale Idiom." Also a percussionist, she was the winner of the 2012 Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition.
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.