Laurie is an engaging speaker who is able to connect with audiences whether they have a deep love of symphony or are just learning.

Laurie speaks to a wide range of audiences on music history providing pre-concert lectures, lunch-and-learns and corporate presentations. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Southern Methodist University. Laurie's focus is always on audience engagement and she has a unique knack for drawing people into the stories of the music.

The following is a list of one-hour presentations, Laurie is frequently invited to share via corporate lunch-and-learns, civic organizations, seniors centers, and other educational forums:
  • 1859: Slices of a Pivotal Year
  • 1914: Year of Cataclysm and Wonderment
  • Angels and Devils
  • Bach’s Astounding Legacy
  • Beethoven: an Introduction to one of Music’s Great Geniuses
  • Beyond the Nutcracker: a Different look at Holiday Music
  • Classicism in Music: What it is and how we got there
  • Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge: The Lady Bountiful of Chamber Music
  • From the Middle Ages to Modern Age: A Whirlwind Introduction to Music History
  • Gatsby’s Jukebox [Music in Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s world in the USA and France]
  • Greek Legend and Modern Culture
  • Lord Byron and his Influence on Music
  • Naples: the Forgotten Kingdom
  • One-Work Wonders
  • Out of the Opera House and into the Concert Hall
  • Pictures at Other Exhibitions
  • Respighi’s Rome
  • Songs Without Words
  • Spanish Music by Non-Spaniards
  • Spring Song
  • Stormy Weather
  • Unknown Britain
  • Where are the Women?
  • Whispers in a Greek Theatre: Acoustics and Architecture
Contact Laurie to find out what she can bring to your audience, corporation or classroom.

What people are saying...

“Your presentation was a HIT – enjoyed immensely by everyone which, given the diversity of people and interests, is not a small feat. We’re so grateful for your time and knowledge.” – Anna F., 2M Companies, Inc.

“Our team works in the arts and we invited Dr. Shulman to provide a series of corporate lunch and learns. Not only is she deeply knowledgeable, but she is also an engaging speaker able to connect the content with the audience." -Craig Janssen, Managing Director, Idibri

“I will say, I think without any contradiction, Laurie Shulman is at the top as an interest-holding, spell-binding lecturer at all times I have been privileged to sit under her tutelage. Example: at last week’s Bach’s Lunch!” -Marvin C., Dallas Symphony patron

"As your devoted fan through the years of performance preludes, your program notes and Bach Lunches, nothing could top the magical hour Monday with your presentation of the Concert Hall as an Instrument." - Marilyn M., Dallas Symphony patron

"Thank you for your very informative and interesting presentation yesterday. I can tell you that there has never been this kind of faculty feedback after a guest presentation."  - Susan D., University of North Texas

“We would like to express our appreciation and thanks for your prelude that was given on Sunday February 17, concerning Debussy, Rodrigo, and Prokofiev. It was enthusiastic, concise, informative, and memorable. Your presentation of the history of the times and the composers’ lives was superb. The comments and explanations of the musical pieces we were to hear was superlative and added to the enjoyment of the performance. Half tones, whole tones, how could we ever forget that aspect? Thank you.” -Mary Jane and Buzz S., Dallas Symphony patrons

“Each time I hear and watch you do one of your lectures, I am so impressed! You really nailed it today, discussing all those great 20th-century composers, and weaving the story in with Mrs. Coolidge and her incredibly generous life.” - Katy F., Dallas Symphony Orchestra patron

“Your Performance Prelude at Stonebriar is still getting buzz. You did your usual excellent presentation but many had not seen you spin your magic and they were most impressed. For those of us who have known you for years, your knowledge and enthusiasm of the material were appreciated.”.  - Phil B., Dallas Symphony patron

"I wish you had been my music history professor – you make everything so interesting!” -Barbara Chapman, Principal Harp, Virginia Symphony Orchestra

“Thank you for drawing us into worlds we could not have entered without your insight and infectious enthusiasm.” – Bruce S., Dallas Symphony patron

"You have mastered the art of making dramaturgy exciting to a broad public – and that without dumbing down or overtaxing your listeners. Most of all, your winning personal charm comes through. We would enjoy seeing and hearing you, even if you talked about taxes! Thank you!" – Ted R., Blue Candlelight Music Series patron

"The real treat of the afternoon, however, was to be found in the pre-concert talk given by the always-interesting Laurie Shulman." – TheaterJones, review of Voices of Change concert

"We have so enjoyed your preludes and program notes over the years. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and good humor with us and greatly enhancing our enjoyment of the music." – Sally and Charles M., Dallas Symphony patrons