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Kevin E. Korsyn

Professor of Music Theory

Kevin Korsyn has taught at the University of Michigan since 1992, where he is currently professor of music theory. Korsyn, who earned his PhD at Yale University, has received awards for both research and teaching. His article “Schenker and Kantian Epistemology” won the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory, and he also received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards. In 2003 he was elected to a four-year term as a Senior Fellow in the University of Michigan Society of Fellows and currently serves as co-chair of the Provost’s Council on Student Honors.

His articles and reviews have appeared in a number of major journals, including JAMS, Music Theory Spectrum, Music Analysis, Beethoven Forum, Notes, The Musical Times, Theoria, Intégral, and elsewhere. He has also contributed chapters to The Second Practice of Nineteenth-Century Tonality and Rethinking Music. Korsyn’s essay in Rethinking Music was one of five essays chosen for discussion at the conference “Rethinking Ourselves: Current Trends in Musicology,” held in South Africa on September 13-14, 2000; the conference organizers hoped to “undertake an intensive critique of the state of South African musicology.” In 2005 he was invited to contribute two articles to a special issue on music and deconstruction in the Slovenian journal Musicoloski Zbornik (Musicological Annual). His book, Decentering Music: A Critique of Contemporary Musical Research (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003) was recently the subject of a symposium of three reviews in Theory and Practice.

Korsyn has given lectures at a number of distinguished universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the University of Chicago, the University of Indiana, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Iowa, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Queens College, and elsewhere. He has also participated in a number of conferences, including the Second and Third International Schenker Conferences; the “Alternatives to Monotonality Conference” at the University of Victoria; The University of Victoria Schubert Conference; and national meetings of The Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society. In 2006 he spoke at the University of Göteborg in Sweden at a conference devoted to the future of musicology. He has served on the Publications Awards Committee of the Society for Music Theory as well as on the Editorial of Board of Music Theory Spectrum, and has been on the Editorial Board of Theoria since its inception in 1985. He is also a composer and a pianist.

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