About Laura Dolp

Laura Dolp portrait

Welcome / Välkommen / Benvenuti / السلام عليكم

My interdisciplinary research explores the historical agency of music as a site of human transformation, including music and spirituality, the interrelation of music and social spaces, mapping and musical practices, and the poetics of the natural world. My creative work also engages these themes, most recently in a book of poems and illustrations entitled A Book of Hours (Stenen Press, forthcoming).

Currently I am working on two book projects; one that examines the historical relationship between cartography and the musical score, Maps and Music: Stories of the Cartographic Score, and another that considers the creative use and reception of the music of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, entitled Arvo Pärt and Visual Culture.

I edited Arvo Pärt's White Light: Media, Culture, Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and I am a co-contributor to Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Artistic Citizenship: Artistry, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Praxis (Oxford University Press, 2016), The Oxford Companion to Music and Medievalism (Oxford University Press, 2020), and the journals 19th-Century Music, Journal of Musicological Research, and altrelettere. My wide-ranging editorial work also extends to other projects, including Letters from Cairo (Stenen Press, 2020), and the editorial board for the journal Elements of Music Since 1945 (Cambridge University Press).

I am currently Associate Professor of Musicology and Coordinator of General Education and History at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, where I teach undergraduate history and graduate seminar special topics. For more information about the music history courses and events at the Cali School please see Before joining the faculty at Montclair State University I was a visiting faculty member at Wellesley College.

Some of my other interests include languages (Swedish, Italian and Arabic), playing my cello, and flying.

Laura Dolp holds a B.A. from Mills College, a M.A. in Music History and Literature from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University.