The doctoral work in historical musicology was completed by Diane Touliatos at The Ohio State University’s School of Music under the supervision of her dissertation advisors, Richard Hoppin and Milos Velimirovic.
As a faculty member in the Department of Music at UM-St. Louis since 1979 and as a Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies at UM-St. Louis since 1982, Diane Touliatos has focused her research efforts in Eastern Medieval Chant, Ancient Greek Music, and Women Composers. In the area of musicology, she has achieved a world-wide reputation as an internationally published scholar. More specifically in the area of Medieval Byzantine Musicology and Women Composers, she has become a leading world-wide expert and consequently an invited speaker at conferences and university seminars all over Western Europe,Greece, Poland, Russia, and the former Yugoslavia.
As of January, 1997 Diane Touliatos was elected by the Humanities Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Missouri at St. Louis as Director of the Center for the Humanities.
Touliatos already has five books in international presses: The Byzantine Amomos Chant of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries; Catalogue of the Byzantine Musical Manuscripts in the Vatican.
Most recently she has published Descriptive Catalogue of the Musical Manuscripts of the National Library of Greece: Byzantine Chant and Other Music Repertory Recovered (England: Ashgate Press, 2010) and Women in the Arts: Eccentric Essays in Music, Visual Arts, and Literature [co-edited with Barbara Harbach] (England: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010). Forthcoming in 2011 is Touliatos’ book HER ART: Greek Women in the Arts from Antiquity to Modernity published in Germany by the Paul Lang Verlag. Also, Touliatos’ published transcriptions of Kassia’s music were recorded by VocaMe with the CD title, Kassia: Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer (c. 810 -843/867) under the Christophorus Record Label of MusiContact in Heidelberg, Germany. See http://www.christophorus-records.de
Touliatos has also published over 60 full-length articles in scholarly refereed journals on various aspects of Ancient Greek, Eastern Medieval Chant, and women composers. Her research in this area has been varied and exemplifies the following research topics: 1) Medieval Byzantine sacred chants and their historical place in the different liturgical rites; 2) comparisons to Medieval Western chants; 3) Medieval Byzantine secular chants; 4) Medieval Western, Byzantine and Ancient Greek womencomposers (discovering the earliest preserved music by a woman composer); 5) catalogues of Byzantine musical manuscripts; and 6) serial bibliographies on Eastern musical research.
She is also currently working on the following books: The Musical Treatise of Ioannes Plousiadenos: Translation, Annotations and Commentary will reveal the cryptic system of modulation within the Medieval notation of the Byzantine eight modal system and the use of proto-polyphony in the performance practice of Byzantine music; Kassia and Her Musical Contributions will focus on the earliest woman composer with preserved music and her musical innovations; The Muses: Greek Women in Music in Antiquity and Byzantium will cover the role and musical contributions of women from Hellenistic Alexandria through the post-Byzantine era; and The History of Medieval Byzantine Music is a textbook based on Touliatos’ research and lectures in teaching this course and includes pioneering research and changes in the discipline since the Wellesz book was last published in 1961.
Touliatos’ research has been supported by various grants including the Fulbright Research Grant, several National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council for Learned Societies, three Weldon Springs Grants (UM-St. Louis), several University of Missouri system-wide Research Board Grants, and the Alexander Onassis Senior Scholar Research Award.
As a research scholar and teacher, Touliatos attracts students from all over the world who come to the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus specifically to study with her in the area of Greek/Byzantine music. She has also participated as an outside thesis/dissertation advisor at the Conservatory of the University of Cinncinnati, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland-Baltimore, City University of New York; and the Macedonian University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In the Department of Music, Touliatos teaches every area of Western music history and has developed many new courses in the music history curriculum. She was awarded the 1990-91 Distinguished Teaching Award for the Pierre Laclede Honors College of UM-St. Louis for the seminar”Evolution of Western Musical Styles.”
Although not directly related to music, Touliatos spearheaded the fundraising drive for an endowed Professorship in Modern Greek Language, Literature, and Culture for the UM-SL campus. She worked very diligently in this effort by single-handedly arranging for a benefit concert which reaped $8000 and ultimately secured a grant in the amount of $150,000 from the Greek Government which helped bring this campaign of $1,500,000 to fruition in January of 1995. This effort was the first endowed professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and it led to a host of other endowed professorships that followed in the college.
On November 17, 2001, Dr. Touliatos received the national Hellenic Spirit Award, a coveted award for outstanding Greek-Americans. Past recipients include George Stephanopoulos, Senator Olympia Snowe, and Michael Dukakis. Touliatos was recognized for her pioneering research in Medieval Eastern Chant and women composers. Archbishop Demetrios from New York and Bishop Iakovos from Chicago were present for the event.
Dr. Touliatos was among nine distinguished international artists and art scholars to receive the golden medallion of Rigas Velestinis on May 8, 2007 in Athens, Greece. This medallion was awarded by the President of Greece to distinguished international pioneering innovators and artists,who have promoted and united the common cultures of Greece and other Balkan nations. Furthermore, Dr. Touliatos was appointed a University of Missouri Curators’ (Distinguished) Professor effective September 1, 2007. The appointment was approved by the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri system.
For more information on Touliatos’ published works, see the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQWYOpb0_8c&feature=youtube_gdata_player http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754651680 Website: www.hellenicnest.com