Alexis Luko

Alexis Luko
Director; Full Professor
Music History, Musicology

BA & BMus (UVic), PhD (McGill University)

Area of expertise

Music History, Musicology

Areas of research and creative activity

Dr. Luko is a musicologist with an international reputation in both film music and renaissance music. Her dissertation at McGill examined unification and varietas in music for the renaissance mass. She has published extensively on renaissance music as well as on music and sound in the films of Scandinavian film directors Ingmar Bergman and Jan Troell. Most recently, she has focused her research on monstrosity, music and film.  

In 2015 Dr. Luko published a monograph with Routledge titled Sonatas, Screams, and Silence: Music and Sound in the Films of Ingmar Bergman. She is now co-editing a book for Bloomsbury titled Monstrosity, Identity, and Music: Mediating Uncanny Creatures from Frankenstein to Videogames (2022).

She has presented at national and international conferences, meetings, concerts, and film screenings and has been awarded two residencies at the Ingmar Bergman Estate. She was a keynote at the Bergman Centenary in Lund Sweden, at the City University London, at "Bergman Week" on the island of Fårö and in 2019 was invited by Stockholm University to participate in a workshop and publication titled Bergman at the Crossroads.

Recently, Dr. Luko co-organized two SSHRC-supported interdisciplinary conferences at Carleton University: 200 years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (2019), and Music, Sound and Media in Times of Crisis (2021).


Dr. Luko teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on film music, opera, gender, and music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras. She loves to share her passion for music and has a strong record of teaching excellence in her courses. She is the recipient of the Carleton University New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, the Carleton Teaching Achievement Award, and the Carleton Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Award.

Dr. Luko believes that music should be accessible to all. Over the years, she has taken delight in giving pre-concert and pre-screening lectures, making podcasts, and engaging in collaborative endeavors with community partners.

She enjoys supervising student theses and research papers on film music, gender and music, opera, and medieval and renaissance music. Recent advisees have written about music and the representation of women in the films of Hitchcock, masculinity in emo music videos, leitmotif in Doctor Who, comedy and the representation of women in Venetian opera, gender in contemporary worship music, eroticism and opera, and William Byrd.

Brief biography

In 2021, Dr. Alexis Luko was appointed Full Professor and Director of the UVic School of Music. Previously, she worked at the College Music Department at the University of Rochester (2007-2008), at the Eastman School of Music (2008-2009), and in the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University (2009-2021), where she also served on University Senate, the University Sexual Violence Committee, and as Assistant Director (2019-2021). She holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

Dr. Luko has presented papers at the City University London, at Ingmar Bergman: 100 Years (Lund, Sweden), at Ingmar Bergman Week in Fårö, Sweden, the Canadian Scandinavian Society, the Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference, the Nordic Musicological Congress, Music and the Moving Image Conferences, and at meetings of the American Musicological Society, the IMS “Music and Media” Study Group, the Société Québecoise de Recherche en Musique, the Canadian University Music Society, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Carleton University, and the Société Québecoise de Recherche en Musique.


Selected publications


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