Death of an early music scholar, 71

Death of an early music scholar, 71


norman lebrecht

July 23, 2019

Laura Youens, professor of music at George Washington University from 1989 to 2014 and an international authority on 16th century chant, has died after a severe illness.

Her son Owen Wexler has posted the following notice:

Rest In Peace to a storied professor of early music, a venerable published scholar, and a loving, caring wife and mother.

Laura Seale Youens passed away at Sibley Hospital about an hour ago. I’ve been keeping her recent struggles private, but she took a dramatic turn for the worse a few days ago. She died of multiple organ failure, primarily her liver and kidneys, as soon as the doctors declared that there was little else they could do for her and stopped aggressive treatment.



  • esfir ross says:

    RIP to GWU musical department on loss of scholar. I got a lot of good music scores of early period there.

  • Susan Jackson says:

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. May her memory be a blessing. <3

  • Bryan Gilliam says:

    I am so sorry at this very sad news. I knew her for decades–so gifted and kind.

  • Elizabeth Aubrey says:

    I was devastated to hear of this. Laura was a wonderful friend, teacher, and scholar. This is a great loss to so many. I will remember her with gratitude and respect. Love to all the family and her countless friends.

  • annonymous says:

    I only recently found out about her death. She was an excellent teacher and a kind and supportive human being. She was an inspiration to her students. We will miss her sorely.