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Ph.D., University of Illinois
M.M., University of Illinois
B.A., Whittier College
Intro to Music Literature
History of Western Art and Music II
Orchestral Literature
Topics in Music History 1850-Present
Introduction to Graduate Studies


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

Dr. Valerie Woodring Goertzen joined Loyola University's School of Music in 2003, where she teaches courses in music history and research. A recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship, grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Loyola Marquette Fellowship.

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. She has also 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. During the summers of 2013 and 2015, Dr. Goertzen enjoyed a scholar’s retreat in the Brahmshaus-Studio, an apartment maintained by the Brahms Society Baden-Baden in the house where the renowned composer lived during summers 1865 to 1874 and created some of his best-loved works.

Dr. Goertzen is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Brahms Society and, together with fellow Loyola faculty member William P. Horne, serves as co-editor of the society’s newsletter. Currently, she serves as 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.

In 2012, Dr. Goertzen received a Loyola Faculty Senate award for teaching. She also currently services as co-director of the university's Women’s Studies interdisciplinary minor program.

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