Touliatos-Miles (-Banker), Diane
- Katy Romanou
(b Memphis, TN, Sept 10, 1949). American musicologist of Greek descent, specializing in Greek, mainly Byzantine, music. She studied at the University of Memphis (BM, 1971), and the Ohio State University (MA, 1975; PhD in musicology, 1979). She taught at Texas Christian University, the Ohio State University, and the University of Missouri in Saint Louis, where she has been full professor (since 1989), director of the Center for the Humanities (since 1997), and Curator’s Professor (since 2007).
She is fluent in Greek and proficient in both Byzantine and Western music and history. Her research on Greek music extends beyond Greek sources, resulting in conclusions that challenge entrenched views, as is the case with her article ‘The Application of “Chant sur le Livre” to Byzantine Chant’ (2003).
She has done pioneering work on medieval women’s creativity and especially the 9th-century poet-composer Kassia, the work and life of whom she has been studying for 20 years; forthcoming are an anthology of Kassia’s complete works, and a monograph, ...