Valerie Woodring Goertzen


Associate Professor of Music, Loyola University New Orleans

Ph. D. in Musicology, University of Illinois; M. Mus. in Musicology, University of Illinois; B.A. in Music, Whittier College

Dr. Valerie Woodring Goertzen has taught courses in music history and research at Loyola since 2003. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship (Austria), grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Loyola Marquette Fellowship. She received a Loyola Faculty Senate award for teaching in 2012. In summers 2013 and 2015 she enjoyed a scholar’s retreat in the Brahmshaus-Studio, an apartment maintained by the Brahms Society Baden-Baden in the house where the composer rented rooms during summers 1865 to 1874 and created some of his best-loved works.

Dr. Goertzen’s publications include a volume of the collected works of Johannes Brahms (Johannes Brahms Gesamtausgabe) containing arrangements for piano, four hands, and two pianos of works of other composers. Her companion volume of arrangements for piano solo will be published in 2016. She has written journal articles and essays on topics relating to Brahms, improvisation by pianists in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the programs of Clara Schumann, and has presented papers at conferences in the United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Italy. Dr. Goertzen is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Brahms Society and is coeditor, with Loyola faculty member William P. Horne, of the Society’s Newsletter. She is President of the Southern Chapter of the American Musicological Society and has served as AMS Council Representative and a member of the AMS Committee on Career-Related Issues.

Currently Dr. Goertzen is Co-Director of Loyola’s Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.


The Joseph Joachim at 185 conference is supported in part by a generous grant from the

University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities

Burt Feintuch, director

We are grateful for additional financial and practical support from the


Ryan C. McClelland, President


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Christoph Mücher, Director

the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Academic Exchange Service


Dr. Nina Lemmens, Director DAAD North America
and Michael Thomanek, Senior Program Officer

and from

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Geschäftsstellenleiter: Mathias Brösicke


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