DepartmentConservatory of Music
Biola AffiliationsFaculty


  • Ph.D. Musicology, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • M.A. Music History and Literature, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • B.M. Violin Performance, Biola University (La Mirada, CA)
  • B.S. Mathematics, Biola University (La Mirada, CA)


Leonora Wagner completed a doctorate in historical musicology (2012) at the University of Southern California with a dissertation focusing on the writings and music of Michael Praetorius in relation to congregational singing in Lutheran Germany during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. While in graduate school she was awarded both the USC Provost Fellowship and the USC Teaching Fellowship. She has taught courses at the University of Southern California, Pepperdine University, Pomona College and Biola University, including various music history surveys, music appreciation, music cultures of the world and string methods. Wagner completed a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance, summa cum laude, from Biola University (2003). She later continued her studies at the University of Southern California, receiving a Master of Arts in music history and literature (2005) and after that a doctorate. Wagner also maintains a private violin studio in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County.


American Musicological Society

Society for Seventeenth-Century Music

International Heinrich Sch├╝tz Society

Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society


USC Teaching Fellowship recipient, Spring 2010

USC Provost Fellowship recipient, 2005-2007

Outstanding String Musician of the Year, Biola University, 2003

Biola University School of Music Presser Scholar, 2001

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship recipient, 1998-2002

1998 National Merit Finalist


Music History I

Music History II

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