SFOpera - Emily Laurance

Emily Laurance

Emily Laurance serves as Chair of music history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she teaches courses on Verdi, nineteenth century French opera and the symphonic poem.  She received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and degrees in harp from the Oberlin and the New England Conservatories.  She has a broad scholarly and performing background, with research areas that include early camp meeting hymnody, early 20th-century American ultramodernism, and the French vocal romance of the late eighteenth century.  Laurance’s recent essay on the use of Parisian street vendor cries in late nineteenth century French opera appeared in August, published by Ashgate.  As a performer she is currently Principal Harp with the Stockton Symphony and has performed with the Berkeley, Marin and Modesto Symphonies as well as Symphony Silicon Valley.  She performs frequently with the Avedis Chamber Series at the Legion of Honor.  With Boston tenor Thomas Gregg Laurance co-founded the duo DoubleAction, an ensemble that specializes in harp-accompanied song.  Her recording credits include Luciano Berio's Sequenza II on Neuma Records as well as the Squirrel Nut Zippers album Perennial Favorites, which won the Recording Institute Association of America's Gold Sales award.  Before coming to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Laurance held a postdoctoral fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.