As a theorist, Peiser specializes in musical narrative and the analysis of post-Romantic vocal and chamber music repertoire. She has presented research at academic conferences and as a guest lecturer on the work of Debussy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Strauss, Rebecca Clarke, and Frank Bridge.
Peiser's PhD Dissertation (Univ. of Connecticut) - "Telling Tales: Narrative and Anti-Narrative Strategies in British Chamber Music, 1900-1930" (PDF)
Peiser's MM Thesis (Louisiana State Univ.) - "Les Mains Désenlaceuses: Unlocking the Relationship of Text and Music in the Proses Lyriques" (PDF)
Selected Publications and Presentations of Scholarship
- "Corrupting Arcadia: War and Nostalgia in Rebecca Clarke's Piano Trio." Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, November 2018.
- "Corrupting Arcadia: War and Nostalgia in Rebecca Clarke's Piano Trio." West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, April 2018.
- "Corrupting Arcadia: War and Nostalgia in Rebecca Clarke's Piano Trio." Musica Theorica, forthcoming.
- Scholar in Residence, 2017-2018, Musica Vitale Ensemble, Coronado CA (Lecture #1 was on Respighi's Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore, Poulenc's Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël, and Dvorak's Te Deum).
- “Identity Crisis and Integration in Selected Early Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Piano Quintet (1905) and Phantasy Quintet (1912).” Brandeis University Graduate Student Musicology Conference, May 2017.
- Pre-Concert Talk: Verdi Requiem. New Haven Symphony Orchestra, March 2017.
- “How Analysis Influences Performance in Debussy’s ‘De fleurs.’” Guest Lecture/Performance, University of Connecticut, Spring 2015.
- “Why Does Music by Women Composers Matter?” Panel Discussion Member, Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford, Spring 2015.
- Research Methods and Narrative-Formal Designations in Frank Bridge's String Quartet No. 3. Mars Hill University, Fall 2014.
- The Transfiguration of Richard Dehmel’s Poem: The Story behind Verklärte Nacht.” Pre-Concert Lecture, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Summer 2013.
- "Performer's Questions - Theorist's Reactions: Striking a Balance in Two Strauss Lieder." Mars Hill University, Spring 2013.
- “Failure and Success as Narrative Process in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Phantasy Quintet.” Delivered at New England Conference of Music Theorists Annual Meeting and Music Theory Southeast Annual Meeting, Spring 2012.
- “Forever Seeking a Dream: Meandering Motives and Tonality in Debussy’s ‘De rêve.’” Delivered at South Central Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting and Florida State University Annual Music Theory Forum, Spring 2010.