Laura Pollie Johnson (formerly McDowell) is Professor Emerita of Music at Brevard College in Brevard, NC. She taught music history and literature, interdisciplinary courses involving music, and piano. She has performed on harpsichord and recorder for the Colonial Williamsburg Restoration and with the Cullowhee Consort, an early music ensemble in western North Carolina. As writer she was a contributor to Carl Maria Von Weber: A Guide to Research (Garland Publishing, 1990) and editor of Nicolas Payen: Motets and Chansons (A-R Editions, 2006). Her article “The Musical Language of Death and Resurrection: Three Motets by Nicolas Payen” has been published in “Hands-On Musicology: Essays in Honor of Jeffery Kite-Powell (Steglein Press, 2012). She has been an active music critic with CVNC since 2007. She earned a B.M. in Music History from Converse College, the M.A. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University, and the Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Florida State University. In addition, she holds the Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache from the Goethe Institute, Salzburg, Austria, a Certificate in Early Music from Florida State University, and is a fellow of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera.