Valerie Goertzen

Edward J. Kvet Distinguished Professor of Music and Fine Arts, Associate Professor of Music History, Coordinator of Music History and Literature

Office Location
302 Monroe Hall
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Music and Fine Arts
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 8
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-2207
Fax Number
(504) 865-2852
E-mail Address


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

Short Bio

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.

Dr. Valerie Goertzen Interview from Loyola University on Vimeo.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Music Literature
  • History of Western Art Music II
  • Orchestral Literature
  • Topics in Music History 1850-Present
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies

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