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Laura J. Gray

Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music


Laura GrayContact:
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24247
Office:  CGUC 1103A

On Sabbatical January-June 2016

American Musicological Society
Canadian University Music Society
North American British Music Studies Association

BMus, University of Western Ontario, 1987
MA, University of British Columbia, 1989
PhD, Yale University, 1997

Research Areas:

Sibelius, Early Twentieth-Century British Music Criticism, British Symphony

Courses Taught:

Music 100 – Understanding Music
Music 245 – World Music
Music 254 – Monteverdi to Mozart: Music from 1600-1800
Music 256 – Music Since 1900
Music 261 - Opera
Music 332 – Aesthetics of Music
Music 390 – Special Topics: Music and Landscapes
Music 491 – Senior Honours Seminar

Selected Publications:


  • January, 2008: contributed an article on the music programme at Grebel to The Music Times: “A Lively Life of Music at The University of Waterloo”
  • “The Idea of North: Sibelius, Gould and Symbolic Landscapes,” Conrad Grebel Review (Winter 2010): 28-42.

 Conference Papers

  • June 8, 2008: presented a paper entitled "Inventing Sibelius: Aspects of Myth-Making in the 'Sibelius Cult'" at the 2008 meeting of The Canadian University Music Society at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • 2009 Benjamin Eby Lecture, November 27, 2009: “The Idea of North: Sibelius, Gould and Symbolic Landscapes”

Selected Activities: 


  • February, 2008: recognized as Faculty of Arts Professor of the Month by the Arts Student Union - September, 2008
  • Music 390: Music & Landscape (winter 2011)


  • Preaching on "Faith and the Arts" at Wilmot Mennonite Church - October 26, 2014.
  • Serving as UW Internal Reviewer on the Applied Language Studies program review, 2014.

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