Lucy Turner

Lecturer in Music

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

At Columbia, Lucy has taught Masterpieces of Western Music in the Core curriculum, where she enjoys introducing students to the historical, artistic, and cultural complexity surrounding Western art music. She also served as the Finance and Administration Officer for the music department’s Organization of Music Graduate Students (OMGS) for 2020. For the 2021-22 academic year, she is the Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate History of Western Music courses.

Lucy’s research focuses on Classical instrumental forms, early Austro-German Romanticism, manuscript studies, and the music of Beethoven, particularly aesthetics and meaning in the string quartets. She has presented at conferences in the United States and Europe and will present her paper “Untangling Fugato: Learned Style as Improvisatory Topic” at the 2021 meeting of the American Musicological Society. Her article “‘So Here I Am, in the Middle Way’: The Autograph of the ‘Harp’ Quartet and the Expressive Domain of Beethoven’s Second Maturity” was published in The New Beethoven: Evolution, Analysis, Interpretation (University of Rochester Press, 2020). She is currently at work on her dissertation, titled “Rethinking Beethoven’s Middle Style: Form, Time, and Disruption in the Chamber Works of 1806-15” under the supervision of Prof. Elaine Sisman. 

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