Paul R. Laird is Professor of Musicology at the University of Kansas, where he has taught since 1994. He teaches courses in Baroque music, twentieth-century music, the history of musical theater, and American music, and directs the Instrumental Collegium Musicum. His research specialties include the American musical theater, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Schwartz, the Spanish villancico, and early string instruments. Laird is a Baroque cellist who plays with the Sunflower Consort.
My position includes teaching two academic courses each semester plus directing MUSC 256/656, Instrumental Collegium Musicum, the instrumental early music ensemble. In addition, I advise senior undergraduate theses, master’s theses, PhD dissertations, and DMA documents and lecture/recital documents, and teach a few to several independent studies in musicology each year. I also advise graduate students in musicology until they decide with whom they will be writing their thesis or dissertation. During most summers, I teach a class and advise graduate documents.
- Instrumental Collegium Musicum
- Baroque music
- Twentieth-century music
- American music
- Musical theater
- KU Continuing Education
My primary research interests include the American musical theater, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, the Spanish and Latin American villancico, and the Baroque cello. I have published books and articles and presented papers in each of these areas, but much of my current work focuses on Bernstein and research on aspects of musical theater, especially Broadway orchestration. I also perform as a Baroque cellist and viola da gambist.
- American musical theater, Stephen Schwartz, Leonard Bernstein, the Spanish and Latin American villancico, and the Baroque cello
My current service portfolio includes serving as Musicology Division Director, administering the Musicology Doctoral Comprehensive exams, serving on the School of Music Promotion and Tenure Committee, and mentoring junior faculty members on official and informal bases. On the national level, I am chair of the Society for American Music National Conference Program Committee for 2018, and I regularly review materials for several journals and publishers, in addition to other professional duties.
Everett, W. A., & Laird, P. R. (2017). The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 483.
Laird, P. R., & Lin, H. (2015). Routledge Music Bibliographies. Leonard Bernstein: A Research and Information Guide, New York and London: Routledge. 332.
Laird, P. R. (2014). The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond, Lanham, MD, Toronto, and Plymouth, UK: Rowman & Littlefield.
Laird, P. R. (2011). 'It Couldn't Happen here in Oz': 'Wicked' and the Creation of a 'Critic-Proof' Musical. Studies in Musical Theatre, 5(1), 35-47.
Laird, P. R. (2011). Wicked: A Musical Biography, Lanham, MD, Toronto, and Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press.
Laird, P. R. (2010). CMS Sourcebooks in American Music, No. 4. Leonard Bernstein's 'Chichester Psalms', Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press and College Music Society.
Laird, P. R. (2009). Catholic Music in Italy, and Spanish and Portuguese Empires. In S. P. Keefe (Ed.), The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music (pp. 29-58). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Laird, P. Robert & Everett, W. A. (Eds.). (2008). The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (P. Robert Laird & W. A. Everett, Eds., 2ndnd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Laird, P. R. (2004). The Baroque Cello Revival: An Oral History, Lanham, MD and London: Scarecrow Press.
Laird, P. R. (2002). Routledge Music Bibliographies. Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Research, New York: Routledge. 306.
Laird, P. Robert & Everett, W. A. (Eds.). (2002). The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (P. Robert Laird & W. A. Everett, Eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Laird, P. R., & Garoz, L. P. (1999). Villancicos, villas y villanos: Títulos más significativos en los siglos XVII, XVIII y XIX. Nassarre, 15(1-2), 69-89.
Laird, P. R. (1997). Towards a History of the Villancico, Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press.
Laird, P. R., & Garoz, L. P. (1997). La diseminación del villancico valenciano. Revista de musicología , 20(1), 361-72.
Laird, P. R. (1993). The Dissemination of the Spanish Baroque Villancico. Revista de Musicología , 16(5), 2857-64.
Laird, P. R. (1992). Los villancicos del siglo XVII en el Monasterio del Escorial. In . (Ed.), La Música en el Monasterio del Escorial: Actas del Simposium: Colección del Instituto Escurialense de Investigaciones Históricas y Artísticas, No 2 (pp. 169-234). San Lorenzo de El Escorial: Ediciones Escurialenses, Estudios Superiores del Escorial.
Laird, P. R. (1992). The Coming of the Sacred Villancico: A Musical Consideration. Revista de Musicología , 15(1), 139-60.
Laird, P. R. (1989). Diego de Torrijos and the Villancico at San Lorenzo del Escorial, 1669-1691. Revista de Musicología, 12(2), 451-468.
Laird, P. R. (1989). The Villancicos of Matías Juan de Veana as a Model for the Study of the Dissemination of the Baroque Villancico. Anuario musical , 44, 115-136.