Laurie Stras is a Professor of Music at the University of Southampton, where she teaches courses on both sixteenth-century polyphony and twentieth-century girl groups.
Laurie joined Deborah Roberts as co-director of Musica Secreta in 2000. With a background in performance, including a spell as a musical director and keyboard player with the Royal National Theatre, she is now a leading authority on Renaissance female musicians. Known as the band boffin, Laurie also fills out the tenor lines in Celestial Sirens, researches the costumes and has been known to play Renaissance guitar. Currently completing a book, Women and Music in Sixteenth-Century Ferrara, for Cambridge University Press.