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Music Theory Department News, April 2011


Nathaniel Adam successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in music theory, "Open Coding OK Computer: Categorization and Characterization of Disruptive Harmonic and Rhythmic Events in Rock Music," this April.  Dr. Adam recently presented findings from his dissertation to the Michigan Interdisciplinary Music Society conference.

Haley Beverburg Reale, Ph.D. candidate in music theory, will present her paper on Fiona Apple's "Extraordinary Machine" to the New England Conference of Music Theorists this April, in addition to her delivery of the same paper at MTMW this May (see March, 2011, news below).  She will also be presenting her work on Apple to the Dana Research Society at Youngstown State University this spring.

Karen Fournier, Assistant Professor of Music in Music Theory, has advised two D.M.A. students in Composition, David Biedenbender and Sam Richards, in preparing their paper, "Culture in Flux, Music Education as Constant: Reexamining Music Curricula in the 21st Century," which they are to present to the Toronto Music Graduate Student Association's symposium this May.

David Heetderks successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in music theory, "Transformed Triadic Networks: Hearing Harmonic Closure in Prokofiev, Copland, and Poulenc," this April.  Dr. Heetderks, an accomplished composer as well as theorist, has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music beginning this fall.

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music in Music Theory, has just returned from Minneapolis, where he served as a member of the Society for Music Theory's Program Committee, helping determine the events at the Society's meeting in that city this coming October.  He will be presenting his paper, "'A Plan According to the Peculiarity of the Subject': Czerny's Advice on the Development Section and its Application to Haydn" at the Seventh Music Analysis Conference in Rome, October, 2011.

Michigan alumnus Jonathan Pieslak (Ph.D. in music theory, 2003), Associate Professor of Music at the City College of the City University of New York, has been awarded a Fellowship with the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  The award will provide Prof. Pieslak with a year of released time to conduct research on his project, "Systematic Distortion: The Music of Indoctrination and Propaganda in Extremist Cultures."

Ramon Satyendra, Associate Professor of Music in Music Theory, is to receive the Merten M. Hasse Prize in Mathematics, which is to be conferred this August in the Lexington, KY, meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.  The award is given in recognition of the article, "Musical Actions of Dihedral Groups" (American Mathematical Monthly, June / July 2009), which Prof. Satyendra co-authored with Alissa S. Crans of Loyola Marymount University and Thomas M. Fiore of the University of Michigan—Dearborn.

Jeffrey Swinkin, Ph.D. pre-candidate in music theory, has had an article accepted by Current Musicology. It is entitled "Emotional Specificity in Classic-Romantic Music" and is slated to appear in issue no. 90.

Aleksandra Vojcic, Assistant Professor of Music in Music Theory, has just returned from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she presented her paper, "Time-Space and the Opening Up of Closed Rhythmic Processes," at the West Coast Conference of Theory and Analysis.

Evan Ware, Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory and Composition, has been funded with $6,000 in summer support from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies to assist the research of Walter Everett, Professor of Music in Music Theory.

past news

September 2017
March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

Students Present "Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival" 03/27/2014

First-Ever SMTD Chamber Music Competition Launches April 5 03/27/2014

Doctoral Fellow Named MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year 03/26/2014

Theatre Student Lands Major TV Role 03/25/2014

Elizabeth Batiuk (ethnomusicology) has been chosen as a fellow at the Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute for spring 2014 and James McNally (ethnomusicology) received a summer and academic year FLAS for the study of Portuguese.    03/17/2014

Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

December 2013

SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

October 2013
August 2013

Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

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