Division: Scholarly and Professional Studies
Office: MUS 304
Leah Morrison, adjunct assistant professor of musicology, holds a PhD in musicology from USC and maintains two areas of specialization: plainchant and liturgical practice prior to 1500 and 19th-century music. Her dissertation, an edition of a fifteenth-century Carthusian plainchant manual, was supported by a Huntington Library Mellon Fellowship. She received a Heckman Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, work on Carthusian liturgy and comparative chant dialects. Her publications include articles in Studia Musicologia, Notes, and the Opera Journal.
- “Wives, Bars, and Little American Girls: Modernism and the Search for Relevance in European Music after World War I;”
- “Cum Bona fit Concordia Maxime in Choro: Carthusian Liturgical Practice at Valle di Pesio in the Mid-Fifteenth Century.”
- “‘Stick to the Opinions Held in Your Church’: A Carthusian’s Advice on the Applications of Plainchant Theory.”
- “More Greenery! More Foliage!: German Set Design 1813-1883 and Wagner’s Quest for Illusion.”
- “The Conductor as Interpreter: Wagner’s Programmatic Approach to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”
General Research Interests:
- Rituals and liturgical practice
- 19th-century opera
- Richard Wagner
- “Constructing Cantus securus: Reaping Advice from Cantor cartusiensis.” Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 45/1-2, 2004, 189-200.
- “Scenography, Reality and Gesamtkunstwerk: Nineteenth-Century Operatic Set Design in Germany.” The Opera Journal (27) 1994, 14-22.