Lois Rosow retired as Professor of Music in 2014. She headed the Musicology Area of the School of Music for eighteen years, and currently serves as a part-time administrator for that area. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
Her research is focused mainly on European music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She is an authority on French opera of that period, with particular interest in text-music relations, allegorical meaning, music printing and engraving, performance-practice issues, and the administrative history and scribal workshop of the Paris Opera. Her critical edition of Armide by Jean-Baptiste Lully (Olms, 2003), completed with a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has served for productions released on audio CD (Naxos, 2008) and DVD (FRA musica, 2011).
She has published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, the Cambridge Opera Journal, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Music, and various anthologies, among them Lully Studies (Cambridge, 2000) and New Perspectives on Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Ashgate, 2010). She served as guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music (10:1, 2004), devoted to Lully's opera Perse, and was recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of JSCM. She has served as president of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music and on the Board of Directors of the American Musicological Society.