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Gretchen Peters

Dr. Gretchen Peters

Professor of Music

Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.M., University of Illinois
B.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Academic Areas: music history, world music.

Dr. Gretchen Peters
129 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-4102

Gretchen Peters is a professor of music at UW-Eau Claire with teaching responsibilities in music history and world music. She holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Illinois, masters degree from the University of Illinois in musicology, baccalaureate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in applied cello, and has studied historical performance at Indiana University's Early Music Institute.

Dr. Peters' research interests are wide-ranging. She is an expert in urban musical culture in southern France in the late middle ages and has authored articles and presented numerous presentations on the subject. Some of her articles include "Urban Musical Culture in Late Medieval Southern France: Evidence from Private Material Contracts" in Early Music (1997); "Urban Minstrels in Late Medieval Southern France: Opportunities, Status and Professional Relationships" in Early Music History (2000); "Civic Subsidy and Musicians in Southern France During the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: A Comparison of Montpellier, Toulouse, and Avignon" in Music and Musicians in Renaissance Cities and Towns (Cambridge, 2001); and "Musical Culture in Medieval Avignon: An Opportunity for Exchange" in The Cultures of Papal Avignon (2007). Recent research interests also include the traditional music of the Laotian Hmong culture and the music of the Ojibwe Native American culture. In these areas she and her students have received awards for their collaborative work.


  • MUSI 225 World Music
  • MUSI 227 Music History to 1600
  • MUSI 229 Music History 1600 to 1900
  • MUSI 303 Music History 1900 to Present
  • MUSI 405 Music History Seminar
  • HNRS 104 Music & Society
  • HNRS 104 Women & Music
  • AIS 102 American Indian Expressive Cultures