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Music Theory Alumni

This list of alumni was last updated September 2018. Please send changes and additions to the SMTD Webmaster.

2016

Asaf Peres

2015

Heewon Chung
Dissertation: “Semitonal Relationships in Chopin’s Music”

John Knoedler
Bowling Green State University, Visiting Associate Professor
Adrian College, Visiting Assistant Professor
Dissertation: “A Practical Theory for Music Analysis: Principles, Categories, Extensions”

Evan Ware
Central Michigan University, Assistant Professor
Dissertation: “Their Ways: Theorizing Reinterpretation in Popular Music”

2014

Bryan Parkhurst
Oberlin College, Assistant Professor
Dissertation: “Sound’s Arguments: Philosophical Encounters with Music and Music Theory”

2013

Jeffrey Swinkin
University of Oklahoma, Assistant Professor
Dissertation: “Performative Analysis: Theorizing the Interpretation of Tonal Music”

2012

Nathaniel Adam
Yale University, Lecturer; Assistant Editor of the Journal of Music Theory
Dissertation: “Coding OK Computer: Categorization and Characterization of Disruptive Harmonic and Rhythmic Events in Rock Music”

2011

Haley Beverburg Reale
Youngstown State University
Dissertation: “Enharmonic Paradoxes in Classical, Neoclassical, and Popular Music”

David Heetderks
Oberlin College, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Transformed Triadic Networks: Hearing Harmonic Closure in Prokofiev, Copland, and Poulenc”

2010

Joyce Yip
Ohio Wesleyan University, Lecturer in Music
Dissertation: “Tonal and Formal Aspects of Selected Mazurkas of Chopin: A Schenkerian View”

2009

John Levey
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Technique for Evolution in Peter Lieberson’s ‘Three Songs’ and ‘Rilke Songs'”

Steven Reale
Youngstown State University, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Cyclic Structure and Dramatic Recapitulation in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen”

2008

Philip Duker
University of Delaware, Associate Professor of Music,
Dissertation: “Following Echoes: Exploring the Reverberations between Repetition, Analysis, and Musical Experience”

Blair Johnston
Indiana University, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Harmony and Climax in the Late Works of Sergei Rachmaninoff”

Daniel Stevens
University of Delaware, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Brahms’s Song Collections: Rethinking a Genre”

Timothy Sullivan
SUNY Potsdam, Assistant Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Gérard Grisey’s ‘Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil’: Spectral Music on the Threshold”

2007

René Rusch
University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Imagining Tonal Spaces: Conceptions of Hierarchy, Chromaticism, and Social Constructs in Schubert’s Music”

Christopher Dietz
Bowling Green State University, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Changing the Frame: Multidimensional Constraints as Structural Determinants in Gyorgy Ligeti’s Ten Pieces for Woodwind Quintet”

2006

Hye-Yoon Chung
Myongji University, Korea, Assistant Professor in Music
Dissertation: “Musical Expressiveness and Listeners’ Emotional Involvement”

Wendy Lee
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Assistant Professor of Music Composition
Dissertation: “Unpacking Aspects of Musical Influence in Three Piano Works by Chinese Composers”

2005

Jennifer Goltz
Ann Arbor, MI
Dissertation: “The Roots of Pierrot Lunaire in Cabaret”

2004

John Berners
University of Indianapolis, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Use of time and spatial form in String quartet no. 2 by Charles Ives”

David Schober
Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY, Assistant Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Split horizon: concerto for sextet and orchestra”

2003

Jonathan Pieslak
City College, CUNY, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Conflicting analytical approaches to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century tonal music: a meta-theoretical study”

Thomas Schnauber
Emmanuel College, Associate Professor of Performing Arts and Department Chair
Dissertation: “Echoes truer far: Benjamin Britten’s folksong arrangements as analytical guides”

2002

Augustus Hill
Wayne State University, Lecturer in Music
Dissertation: “William Alexander Hill: pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and vocalist in the early swing era of jazz”

Mark Kirschenmann
University of Michigan, Lecturer of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation and Lecturer in the Residential College
Dissertation: “Composition improvisation: spiraling towards their confluence”

2001

Mark Janello
Peabody Institute of Music, Johns Hopkins University, Assistant Professor of Music
Dissertation: “The edge of intelligibility: late works of Morton Feldman”

Felicia Sandler
New England Conservatory, Assistant Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Music of the village in the global marketplace: self-expression, inspiration, appropriation, or exploitation?”

2000

Gregory Marion
University of Saskatchewan, Assistant Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Telling tales in selected compositions of Claude Debussy”

1998

Benjamin Broening
University of Richmond, Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music Department
Dissertation: “Bakhtin, Beck, and Brahms: toward a new poetics of musical analysis”

1997

Karl Braunschweig
Wayne State University, Associate Professor of Music, Area Coordinator for History, Theory, and Composition
Dissertation: “The metaphor of music as a language in the Enlightenment: towards a cultural history of eighteenth-century music theory”

Carl Wiens, deceased
Nazareth College, formerly Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Igor Stravinsky and Agon”

1996

Hali Fieldman
University of Missouri at Kansas City, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “The Grundgestalt and Schubert’s sonata forms”

Tiina Koivisto
Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Researcher
Dissertation: “The moment in the flow: understanding continuity and coherence in selected atonal compositions”

1995

Deborah Burton
Boston University, Assistant Professor of Music
Dissertation: “An analysis of Puccini’s Tosca: a heuristic approach to the unifying elements of the opera”

1994

Eric McKee
Penn State University, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “The interaction of tonal structure and phrase structure as an aspect of form in tonal music”

Nancy Rao
Rutgers University, Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music Theory
Dissertation: “Elucidating stylistic difference in post-tonal compositions from a trichordal perspective: commonality and individual styles in selected compositions of Milton Babbitt, Arnold Schoenberg, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Elliot Carter”

1993

Mauro Botelho
Davidson College, Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music Department
Dissertation: “Rhythm, meter, and phrase: temporal structures in Johann Sebastian Bach’s concertos”

Anna Ferenc
Wilfrid Laurier University, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Investigating Russian musical modernism: Nikolai Roslavets and his new system of tone organization”

1991

Robert Snarrenberg
Washington University in St. Louis, Associate Professor of Music and Comparative Literature, Head of Theory and Composition, Director of Graduate Studies
Dissertation: “Writing (figures) music (figures of speech)”

1990

John Covach
University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music, Professor of Music, Chair of The College Department of Music
Dissertation: The music and theories of Josef Matthias Hauer

Nadine Hubbs
University of Michigan, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Music
Dissertation: “Musical organicism and its alternatives”

1988

Walter Everett
University of Michigan, Professor of Music
Dissertation: “A Schenkerian view of text painting in Schubert’s song cycle ‘Winterreise'”

1987

William Lake
Bowling Green State University, Associate Professor of Music, emeritus
Dissertation: “Melodic perception and cognition: the influence of tonality”

Steve Larson, deceased
University of Oregon, formerly Robert M. Trotter Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Schenkerian analysis of modern jazz”

1985

Claire Boge
Miami University, Associate Professor of Music
Dissertation: “The dyad as voice in Schoenberg’s Opus 19: pitch and interval prolongations, voice-leading, and relational systems”

Dave Headlam
Eastman School of Music, Professor of Music
Dissertation: “The musical language of the ‘Symphonic Pieces’ from ‘Lulu'”

Richard Kaplan
Louisiana State University, Associate Professor of Music, retired
Dissertation: “The musical language of ‘Elektra’: a study in chromatic harmony”

1984

Howard Cinnamon
Hofstra University, Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Third-relations as structural elements in Book II of Liszt’s ‘Annees de Pelerinage’ and three later works”

1983

John VanderWeg
Wayne State University, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Personnel, Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Music
Dissertation: “Symmetrical pitch- and equivalence-class set structure in Anton Webern’s Opus 5”

1982

Edwin Hantz
Copy Editor for Windsor Street Design Associates
Dissertation: “Towards a psychology of tonal music”

1981

Marion A. Guck
University of Michigan, Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Metaphors in musical discourse: the contribution of imagery to analysis”

Marianne Kielian-Gilbert
Indiana University, Professor of Music
Dissertation: “Pitch-class function, centricity, and symmetry as transposition relations in two works of Stravinsky”

1980

Charles Smith
University at Buffalo, SUNY, Associate Professor of Music, Coordinator of Music Theory
Dissertation: “Patterns and strategies: four perspectives of musical characterization”

1979

Patrick Miller
Hartt School of Music, Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music Theory
Dissertation: “From analysis to performance: the musical landscape of Johannes Brahms’s Opus 118, No. 6”