Louis Niebur

Louis Niebur, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of Musicology


Louis Niebur is an associate professor of musicology at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research fields include avant-garde and popular music of the post-war era, including music in radio, television and film, and the significance of popular music to LGBTQ communities, particularly as it has shifted between live music, the jukebox and the disc jockey in the context of queer spaces. He has delivered and published papers on such topics as San Francisco's "post-disco" dance music culture of the early 1980s, a history of Camp Records and other gay recording labels of the 1960s, electronic television music in Britain, the role of women in early electronic music studios, the use of sound effects as music in radio drama and the gendered role of electronic sound production, as manifested in gay electronic dance music.

He received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles with a dissertation on the development of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the earliest electronic music studios and his MM from the University of Texas at Austin.

Niebur is also an experienced early music performer and director, having performed extensively over the last 26 years in repertoires from the 8th - 18th centuries. In his career, he has worked under such distinguished early music scholars as Elizabeth Aubrey, Martin Jenni, Rebecca Baltzer and Philip Brett. He was the director of UCLA's early music ensemble, Musica Humana and is currently the music director of Reno Early Music.



  • Ph.D., Musicology, UCLA
  • MM, University of Texas at Austin