Paul Robert Laird
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 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.
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 independent studies in musicology each year. During summers, I often teach a class and advise graduate documents.
- Instrumental Collegium Musicum
- Baroque music
- twentieth-century music
- American music
- musical theater
- KU Continuing Education
Selected Publications —
Everett, William A., and Paul R. Laird. 2017. The Cambridge Companion to the Musical. Books. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Laird, Paul R., and Hsun Lin. 2015. Leonard Bernstein: A Research and Information Guide. Books. New York and London: Routledge.
Laird, Paul R. 2014. The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell</i> to Wicked and Beyond. Books. Lanham, MD, Toronto, and Plymouth, UK: Rowman & Littlefield.
Laird, Paul R. 2011. Wicked: A Musical Biography. Books. Lanham, MD, Toronto, and Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press.
Laird, Paul Robert. 2011. “‘It Couldn’t Happen Here in Oz’: ‘Wicked’ and the Creation of a ‘Critic-Proof’ Musical.” Journal Articles. Studies in Musical Theatre 5 (1): 35–47.
Laird, Paul Robert. 2010. Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” Books. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press and College Music Society.
Laird, Paul Robert. 2009. “Catholic Music in Italy, and Spanish and Portuguese Empires.” Book Chapters. In The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music, edited by Simon P. Keefe, 29–58. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
2008. The Cambridge Companion to the Musical. Books. Edited by Paul Robert Laird and William A. Everett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Laird, Paul Robert. 2004. The Baroque Cello Revival: An Oral History. Books. Lanham, MD and London: Scarecrow Press.
Laird, Paul Robert. 2002. Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Research. Books. New York: Routledge.
2002. The Cambridge Companion to the Musical. Books. Edited by Paul Robert Laird and William A. Everett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Laird, Paul Robert, and José Luis Palacios Garoz. 1999. “Villancicos, Villas y Villanos: Títulos Más Significativos En Los Siglos XVII, XVIII y XIX.” Journal Articles. Nassarre 15 (1–2): 69–89.
Laird, Paul Robert, and José Luis Palacios Garoz. 1997. “La Diseminación Del Villancico Valenciano.” Journal Articles. Revista de Musicología 20 (1): 361–72.
Laird, Paul Robert. 1997. Towards a History of the Villancico. Books. Warren, MI: Harmonie Park Press.
Laird, Paul Robert. 1993. “The Dissemination of the Spanish Baroque Villancico.” Journal Articles. Actas Del XV Congreso de La Sociedad Internacional de Musicología 16 (5): 2857–64.
Laird, Paul Robert. 1992. “Los Villancicos Del Siglo XVII En El Monasterio Del Escorial.” Book Chapters. In La Música En El Monasterio Del Escorial: Actas Del Simposium: Colección Del Instituto Escurialense de Investigaciones Históricas y Artísticas, No 2, 169–234. San Lorenzo de El Escorial: Ediciones Escurialenses, Estudios Superiores del Escorial.
Laird, Paul Robert. 1992. “The Coming of the Sacred Villancico: A Musical Consideration.” Journal Articles. Revista de Musicología 15 (1): 139–60.
Laird, Paul Robert. 1989. “Diego de Torrijos and the Villancico at San Lorenzo Del Escorial, 1669-1691.” Journal Articles. Revista de Musicología 12 (2): 451–68.
Laird, Paul Robert. 1989. “The Villancicos of Matías Juan de Veana as a Model for the Study of the Dissemination of the Baroque Villancico.” Journal Articles. Anuario Musical 44: 115–36.
My current service portfolio includes serving as Musicology Area Coordinator, co-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 regularly review materials for several journals and publishers, in addition to other professional duties.