Amy Laursen

Amy Laursen

Assistant Professor, Horn

MUSIC

W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 121

Phone: (605) 658-3471

Email: Amy.Laursen@usd.edu

Bio:

Dr. Amy Laursen is the Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of South Dakota. She joined the University of South Dakota in the fall 2017 as an Adjunct Professor in the music department teaching Written Theory and an online section of World's Music; and was hired as the Assistant Professor of Horn beginning in the Fall of 2018. She currently is the Principal Horn in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (IA), substitute horn with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (IA), and substitute horn with the Billings Symphony Orchestra (MT). Additionally, she is the horn player in the low brass trio, Trio di Velluto, with her husband Dr. Todd Cranson and her good friend, Dr. Jamie Lipton. The trio has commissioned new works for the ensemble and has performed at numerous regional and international conferences. Previously, Dr. Laursen was the applied Horn Instructor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR. There she taught applied horn, music theory and music education courses - including coordinating the annual HSU Elementary Music Workshop. While at HSU, Dr. Laursen regularly performed with the HSU Faculty Brass Trio, Faculty Brass Quintet, Faculty Woodwind Quintet, Natural State Brass Band, the Orchestra of New Spain where she played natural horn, and substituted with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2015, Dr. Laursen completed her DMA in Horn Performance from University of North Texas where she studied with Dr. William Scharnberg. Her dissertation, "Determining the Authenticity of the Concerto for Two Horns, WoO. 19, Attributed to Ferdinand Ries" hopes to bring recognition to the relatively unknown work. Additionally, while at UNT she performed and recorded with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra, Opera program, and in the Center for Chamber Brass Quintet. As a teaching fellow at UNT, Dr. Laursen taught brass methods and in the horn studio and was heavily involved in the Music and Medicine program working with Dr. Kris Chesky. Dr. Laursen received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wyoming in 2006 and a master's in Horn Performance from UNT in 2008. Before returning to UNT to begin her doctoral degree, she taught elementary general music, band, and orchestra for two years in Wyoming. She has taught private lessons in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in Arkansas, Iowa, and South Dakota. Dr. Laursen is happily married to Dr. Todd Cranson, and together they have a dog, Joey. She enjoys gardening, yoga, and cooking.


Teaching Interests:

Horn, Music Theory, and Music Education.


Research Interests:

History of the horn, hornists, and pedagogues Music and Medicine


Education:

  • Performance: Horn, University of North Texas, 2015
  • Performance: Horn, University of North Texas, 2008
  • BS, Music Education , University of Wyoming, 2006

Licensures and Certifications:

  • K-12 Music Teaching License, State of Wyoming

Publications:

Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Laursen, Amy. Horns in the National Music Museum. In The Horn Call, edited by William Scharnberg, pp. 84-88. Vol. 2018 October..
  • Laursen, Amy. Ries's Pieces: Concerto for Two Horns, WoO 19. In The Horn Call, edited by William Scharnberg, pp. 83-87. Vol. 2017 February..
  • Laursen, Amy, and Chesky, Kris. Addressing the NASM Health and Safety Standard through Curricular Changes in a Brass Methods Course An Outcome Study, 136-143. Iss. 29(3). Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 2014.

Presentations:

  • Laursen, Amy. Horn Masterclasses. Presented at the USD Summer Music Camp Horn Masterclasses, Vermillion, SD. (July 2019)
  • Laursen, Amy. Horn Masterclasses and Sectionals. Presented at the Yellowstone Summer Music Camp Horn Masterclasses, Powell, Wyoming. (June 2019)
  • Laursen, Amy. Horn Masterclass. Presented at the HSU Horn Masterclass, Arkadelphia, AR. (March 7, 2019)
  • Laursen, Amy. Horn Masterclass. Presented at the USD Quad State Honor Band Horn Masterclass, Vermillion, SD. (January 27, 2019)
  • Laursen, Amy. Musician's Health and Safety - Skype Presentation. Presented at the Performance Lab Presentation on Musician's Health, Arkadelphia, AR (but did it via Skype). (January 25, 2019)
  • Laursen, Amy. Horn Masterclasses. Presented at the USD Summer Music Camp Horn Masterclasses, Vermillion, SD. (July 2018)
  • Laursen, Amy. The Importance of Music being integrated into Early Childhood Development. Presented at the WACTE, Gillette, Wyoming. (June 11, 2018)
  • Laursen, Amy. Horn Masterclasses and Sectionals. Presented at the Yellowstone Summer Music Camp Horn Masterclasses, Powell, Wyoming. (June 2018)
  • Laursen, Amy. Horn Warm-up with Dr. Amy Laursen. Presented at the Mid-South Horn Workshop 2018, Conway, Arkansas. (March 18, 2018)
  • Laursen, Amy. Horn Warm-up with Dr. Amy Laursen. Presented at the Northwest College Brass Day, Powell, Wyoming. (September 16, 2017)
  • Laursen, Amy. Scales, Tunes, and Transposing. Presented at the Northwest College Brass Day, Powell, Wyoming. (September 16, 2017)
  • Laursen, Amy. Starting and Retaining Horn Players. Presented at the Northwest College Brass Day, Powell, Wyoming. (September 16, 2017)