Music Theory

Recent Activities and Accomplishments

This page lists conference activity, publications, and other accomplishments of students and faculty in the music theory department. The most recent items are listed first. Items for inclusion on this page may be submitted to mustheor [at] indiana [dot] edu.

Regular events in the Music Theory Colloquium Series are not listed on this page. See our colloquium page for past and future colloquium series events.

Fall 2015

Horlacher presents in Portugal

Professor Gretchen Horlacher presented two papers and led a class during a visit to Portugal on November 5–6:

  • A lecture, "Movement and Music in Dance: A Neoclassical Collaboration for Orpheus" at the Institute of Ethnomusicology, a part of the Center for Music and Dance at Nova Universidade, Lisbon

  • A lecture, "Filling the Gap: Stravinsky's Compositional Method" at the Center for the Investigation of Science and Technology in the Arts at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto

  • Also at Universidade Católica, a class, "Where Does Meter Come From: Teaching Students How to Count in Post-Tonal Music"

IU theorists active at SMT conference

The IU theory department was very well represented at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 29–November 1, with at least eight faculty, 30 current graduate students, and numerous alumni in attendance.

Faculty and students who presented at the conference included the following:

  • Professor Kyle Adams presented "Palestrina, Zarlino, and the Cadence."

  • PhD student Nathan Beary Blustein presented "Stepwise Modulation as a Dramatic Device for Tonic Return in Musical Theater Songs."

  • PhD candidate Devin Chaloux presented "Phrygian Expectations and Denials."

  • Professor Julian Hook presented "Enharmonic Equivalence as an Equivalence Relation."

  • Professor Roman Ivanovitch introduced the conference's keynote speaker, Kofi Agawu of Princeton University. Professor Ivanovitch is also a contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory, edited by Danuta Mirka, which was named the winner of a Citation of Special Merit at the SMT Awards ceremony.

  • PhD candidate Jason Jedlicka presented "Theatrical Time through Audio Technology: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's Three Tales" (in the meeting of the Film and Multimedia Interest Group).

  • Professor Marianne Kielian-Gilbert presented "Resisting/Embracing Variability: A Music-Theoretic Aesthetics of Queering and Acts of Unbecoming."

  • PhD candidate Michael McClimon presented "Reconceptualizing the Lydian Chromatic Concept: George Russell as Historical Theorist."

  • Professor Andrew Mead chaired a session titled "Serialism."

  • Proferssor Frank Samarotto presented "Subdominant(s), Lower-Fifth Dividers, and Inversion in Schenkerian Theory."

  • PhD candidate Paul Sherrill presented "Susanna's 'Dei vieni.'"

  • Professor Daphne Tan presented "Kurth's Dynamic Dualism, or Three Responses to Riemann."

Many alumni of the department also presented at the conference, including recent alumni Danny Arthurs (PhD 2011), Timothy Chenette (PhD 2013), Diego Cubero (PhD 2014), Melissa Hoag (PhD 2008), Nathaniel Mitchell (MM 2015), Garrett Michaelsen (PhD 2013), Mitchell Ohriner (PhD 2011), and Simon Prosser (MM 2012).

GTA presents annual recital

On October 23, the annual Graduate Theory Association Fall Recital took place in Auer Hall. Performers included theory graduate students Nikolas Bauchat (piano), Matthew Boyle (piano), Nicole DiPaolo (piano), Thomas Craig Duke (voice), Leah Frederick (viola), Gabrielle Gaudreault (voice), John Heilig (alto and tenor saxophones), Katelyn Kozinski (violin and composer), Nathan Lam (organ and clarinet), Jinny Park (cello), Rogerio Shieh (Baroque cello), and Jessica Sommer (oboe); and Professor Julian Hook (piano).

Tan book review published in MTO

Professor Daphne Tan's review of Eric Clarke's Ways of Listening: An Ecological Approach to the Perception of Musical Meaning appears in Volume 21, No. 3 of Music Theory Online.

Mead presents at Reger Festival

On September 26, Professor Andrew Mead presented a paper "Slipping Off to Bayreuth: Max Reger's Not So Secret Tryst with Wagner" at the Max Reger Festival, sponsored by the Max Reger Foundation of America in partnership with the Jacobs School of Music. Professor Blair Johnston chaired the paper session.

Jedlicka presents paper in Finland

On September 25, PhD candidate Jason Jedlicka presented his paper "Theatrical Time through Audio Technology: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's Three Tales" at Minimalism Unbounded!, the Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music, held at the University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.

DiPaolo article published

In September, PhD student Nicole DiPaolo's article "Variations as Thematic and Structural Analysis: A Closer Look at Mozart's K331" was published in Volume 4, No. 1 of the Malaysian Music Journal

New students welcomed

In August 2015, the music theory department welcomed new students into our MM and PhD programs.

New MM students:

  • Emily Barbosa (Cambridge, Ontario). Emily completed her BMus in music theory and music education at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interests include formal analysis (especially sonata theory), expressionism, and folk music. She also enjoys crocheting, watching cooking shows, and walking around barefoot.

  • Chelsea Brinda (Orlando, FL). A vocalist and pianist, Chelsea received bachelor's degrees in music theory and music education from the University of Florida. Her interests include German Lieder, the history of music theory, music theory pedagogy, and post-tonal theory. In her spare time she can often be found crocheting or sewing with her cat by her side.

  • Lauren Wilson (Brighton, MI). Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in guitar performance from Oakland University in Michigan. Among her interests are atonality, serialism, form, and expanding scholarship in the Classical guitar repertoire. Outside of music, Lauren enjoys running, traveling, and her cat, Florence.

New PhD students:

  • Leah Frederick (Manassas, VA). Leah holds a BMA in viola performance and a BS in mathematics from Penn State University. Her musical interests include Beethoven's string quartets, Classical form, performance and analysis, and transformational theory. She also enjoys cooking, running, and playing chamber music.

  • David Geary (Rochester, NY). David holds bachelor's degrees in music theory and music education from Ithaca College and an MA in music theory pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music, where he received a prize for excellence in teaching. His interests include nineteenth-century Italian opera, Schenkerian analysis, and music theory pedagogy.

  • Robert Komaniecki (Minneapolis, MN). Robert received a BA in music and and MA in music theory from the University of Minnesota. His primary interests are popular music and music theory pedagogy. He also enjoys science fiction novels, running, and singing bass in chamber choruses.

  • Stephen Komer (Chesterfield, MI). A squash player and coin collector, Stephen received a BM in piano performance from Oakland University (Rochester, MI) and an MM in music theory from IU. His interests include Renaissance and Baroque music and Schenkerian analysis.

  • Sarah Mahnken (Schleswig, IA). Sarah received a BA in music from Concordia University in Seward, NE and an MM in music theory from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she wrote a thesis on scalar and collectional relationships in Shostakovich's Op. 87 fugues. Her other interests include scale theory, modes, and pitch centricity.

  • Zachary Zinser (San Diego, CA). Zack received a BM in piano and an MM in music theory from IU. His interests include pedagogy, Schenkerian analysis, tonal center preferences and associations in the early eighteenth century, pitch organization in popular music, and keyboard music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Satie.


Previous years

Activities and Accomplishments 2014–15

Activities and Accomplishments 2013–14