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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 has done extensive work on urban musical culture in France during the late Middle Ages. In addition to authoring numerous articles on the subject, her book, entitled The Musical Sounds of Medieval French Cities: Players, Patrons and Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. Her interest in issues of diversity and inclusivity in music curriculum is reflected in her article, entitled "Do Students See Themselves in the Music Curriculum?: A Project to Identify Exclusionary Practices and to Create Greater Inclusion," which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Music Educators Journal. Currently, she is exploring the early twentieth-century opera by Alberto Bimboni, entitled Winona, which is based on Native American legend surrounding Maiden Rock on Lake Pepin. She has advised numerous faculty-student research projects ranging from issues of change in traditional music of the Hmong in Eau Claire to problems of race in Bizet's Carmen to issues of gender in the history of the music program at UW-EC.


  • 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