Lucy Turner

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Lucy Turner is a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia University, where she began in 2016. Originally from North Carolina, Lucy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance with a concentration in musicology from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, she completed an honors thesis entitled "Music in a Familiar Accent: Linguistic Rhythm as Nationalist Sentiment in the Sibelius, Enescu, and Janáček." She also holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance from Boston University.

At Columbia, she teaches Masterpieces of Western Music in the Core curriculum, where she enjoys introducing students to the historical, artistic, and cultural complexity surrounding Western art music. Her musicological research focuses on Classical form, early Austro-German Romanticism, manuscript studies, and the music of Beethoven, particularly aesthetics and meaning in string quartets. She is currently at work on her dissertation, prospectively titled “Rethinking Beethoven’s Middle Style: Form, Time, and Destruction in the Chamber Works of 1806-15.”


Columbia Degrees: 
MPhil, Historical Musicology
MA, Historical Musicology
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
String Performance (Violin)
Boston University
Violin Performance, Concentration in Music History and Literature
Vanderbilt University