Laura S. Youens-Wexler Musicology Travel Fund


Laura S. Youens-Wexler Musicology Travel Fund, which supports research-related travel and other research-related expenditures, such as access to research materials or archives, for master's and doctoral students in Musicology.

Laura Youens-Wexler studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for her Master of Music (1973) and her PhD in Musicology (1978), completing a dissertation on music for the Lutheran Mass in a sixteenth-century Leipzig manuscript. Laura gives great credit and thanks to her academic advisor at the Jacobs School, Thomas Noblitt, for providing invaluable guidance and support while she pursued both of her degrees here.

Laura has had a highly successful career, culminating in a quarter century as Professor of Music at George Washington University from 1989 until her retirement in 2014. She has published articles on manuscript studies, chanson studies, and performers and is best known for her scholarly editions of sixteenth-century music, including Mass cycles and introits from the early Protestant church in Leipzig.

Laura coedited the complete chansons by sixteenth-century composer Thomas Crequillon, published between 1998 and 2011 as volumes 14-20 of his complete works. She and her coeditors Barton Hudson (a 1961 PhD from our department) and Mary Beth Winn (who edited the texts) won the 2012 Claude V. Palisca Award from the American Musicological Society for their final two volumes to appear.Laura is presently editing the music of Jean Courtois (fl.1540) and is working on several articles for publication. Sheis married to the musicologist Richard Wexler, professoremeritus at the University of Maryland.

The Laura S. Youens-Wexler Musicology Travel Fund creates a permanent endowment to ensure graduate students will always have the ability to travel and access materials and archives for their research and benefit the ever-growing field of Musicology. The Musicology Department is deeply grateful for Laura’s friendship and support of countless students who will receive the award.