Music Theory

Current Students

The list below includes all current graduate students in the Music Theory Department.

Please email corrections and updates to mustheor [at] indiana [dot] edu.

For information about graduates of the Ph.D. program, see the Alumni Tracker.

Name (Degree) Hometown Prior Education Interests and Other Information
Emily Barbosa (PhD) Cambridge, Ontario

BMus, Wilfrid Laurier University;
MM Indiana University

Interests: formal analysis, sonata theory, expressionism, folk music
Nikolas Bauchat (PhD) Fayetteville, GA BA Florida State University;
MM University of Georgia;
MM Indiana University
Interests: Webern, hermeneutics, popular music theory, text-music relations
Dissertation: "Pacing in Select Arias, Concertos, and Preludes of J. S. Bach"
Nathan Blustein (PhD) BM, MM Indiana University Interests: opera, transformational theory, 19th-century Lieder, music in the Weimar Republic
Dissertation: "Engaging with Music-Theatrical Conventions: Reprise, Reinterpretation, and Character Transformation in the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim"
Teaching at American University
Jack Bussert (MM) Bixby, Oklahoma BM, BME University of Tulsa Interests: acoustic resonance, instrumentation, monody, pedagogy, composition, performance, and analysis
Devin Chaloux (PhD) Bedford, NH BM University of Connecticut;
MM University of Cincinnati 
Interests: transformational theory, corpus studies, Edvard Grieg, 19th- and early 20th-century American composers, Renaissance modal theory and analysis
Dissertation: "Tonal Space in the Music of Tomás Luis de Victoria: A Case Study for Modern Analysis of Early Music"
Peter Cho (PhD) MM Indiana University
Christa Cole (PhD) Boise, Idaho BM Oberlin Conservatory Interests: gesture and meaning in 20th- and 21st-century music, the music of Elisabeth Lutyens, performance and analysis, aural skills pedagogy
Thomas Cooke (PhD) Kings Mountain, NC BM Furman University; MM Indiana University Interests: music cognition, neo-tonal music, microtonal music
Mítia D'Acol (PhD) Ribeirão Preto, Brazil BME University of São Paulo;
MM University of São Paulo; MM Indiana University
Interests: music communication, topic theory, galant schemata
Yanina Daniluk (MM) Paraguay BM Universidad Nacional de Asuncion 19th- and early 20th-century music, post-tonal theory, theory pedagogy, arts administration
Nicole DiPaolo (PhD) Northville, MI BM University of Michigan;
MM Indiana University
Interests: the use of composition in undergraduate pedagogy, Schenkerian analysis of neo-tonal music, juvenilia of the great composers, music perception and cognition, form and phrase structure
Dissertation: "Approaches to Selected Harmonic Patterns in Early Partimenti and Their Influence on Handel"
(Thomas) Craig Duke (PhD) Atlanta, GA BM Florida State
MA University of British Columbia
Interests: early 20th-century tonal music, folk-influenced modality in 20th-century music, analysis of early music, analysis of postmodern music
Dissertation: "Continuity and Temporality in Wagner's Ring"
Tyler Erickson (PhD) Commack, NY BM New York University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: meter, Brahms, post-tonal theory
Leah Frederick (PhD) Manassas, VA BMA & BS Penn State University Interests: Beethoven string quartets, Classical form, performance and analysis, transformational theory
Lois Osorio Garza (PhD) Houston, TX BM University of Texas–Arlington;
MM Texas State University
Interests: perception and cognition, music and disability, pedagogy, ambiguity and harmonic anomalies in Classical music
David Geary (PhD) Rochester, NY BM Ithaca College;
MM Eastman School of Music
Interests: Italian opera, Schenkerian analysis, music theory pedagogy
Dissertation: "What Counts: Unpacking the Beat in Popular Music"
Teaching at Oberlin Conservatory
Daniel Gerth (MM)
Alissa Guntren (PhD)
John Heilig (PhD) Cooper City, FL BM Florida State University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: saxophone repertoire, minimalism, text setting
Haley Heinricks (MM) Vancouver, British Columbia BME University of British Columbia Interests: large-scale orchestral and wind ensemble works, formal analysis of nineteenth-century music and solo and chamber music for saxophones
Trevor Hofelich (MM) Chesapeake, VA BM, MM Mannes College Interests: composition, Shostakovich, 20th-century music
Madeleine Howey (PhD) Watertown, SD BA Concordia College (MN); MM Indiana University Interests: post-tonal theory, performance and analysis, percussion, text setting
Robert Komaniecki (PhD) Minneapolis, MN BA, MA University of Minnesota Interests: popular music, music theory pedagogy
Teaching at Appalachian State University
Dissertation: "Analyzing the Parameters of Flow in Rap Music"
Stephen Komer (PhD) Chesterfield, MI BM Oakland University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: Renaissance music, Schenkerian analysis, analysis of Baroque music
Dissertation: "Applications of Modal Theory to the Analysis of Josquin's Liturgical Polyphony"
Teaching at DePauw University
Nathan Lam (PhD) Brisbane, Australia BM Griffith University Interests: Malcolm Arnold's symphonies, Persichetti's hymns, Schenkerian analysis
Dissertation: "Diatonic Modality and Centricity in the Extended Common Practice"
Sarah Mahnken (PhD) Schleswig, IA BA Concordia University (NE); MM University of Nebraska Interests: Shostakovich, scale theory, modes, pitch centricity
John Mattessich (PhD) Saint Paul, MN BA Drake University, MM Florida State University Interests: Hip hop, music and meaning, cultural studies
Stephen McFall (PhD) Aiken, SC BM Winthrop University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: perception and cognition, 20th- and 21st-century music, minimalism, Nordic music
Juan Mesa (PhD) Puerto Montt, Chile BM Western Connecticut State U;
MM Indiana University
Interests: Schenkerian analysis, modes of analysis of late baroque music (especially J. S. Bach), temporality in music, music and meaning, music theory pedagogy
Dissertation: "Binary Principles in Bach's Concerto Ritornelli"
David Orvek (PhD) Saint David, AZ BS Southern Adventist University; MA Ohio State University Interests: transformational and mathematical music theory, classical guitar, choral music, twentieth-century English music, and computer-assisted music analysis
Despoina Panagiotidou (PhD) Drama, Greece BA University of Macedonia; MM Indiana University Interests: 20th-century Greek music, sonata theory, music perception and cognition
Jinny Park (PhD) Tallahassee, FL BM Florida State University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: from Renaissance viol consort music to 21st-century music
Dissertation: "Diatonic Chord Loops in Post-Millennial Pop Harmony"
Calvin Peck (PhD) Milwaukee, WI BM Eastman School of Music;
MM Indiana University
Interests: philosophical approaches to musical analysis, music theory pedagogy
Dissertation: "'Les progrès de l'art' and Music-Theoretical Values in France during the Revolution and First Empire"
Anna Peloso (PhD) Simi Valley, CA BM, MM California State University Northridge; MM Indiana University Interests: twentieth-century music, music theory pedagogy
Connor Reinman (MM)
Nathan Smith (MM) Rensselaer, Indiana BA Butler University; MA University of Chicago Interests: intersections of mathematics, rhythm and meter, progressive metal, jazz, New Music, and sound studies
Aaron Sunstein (PhD) BM University
of Iowa; MA Musikhögskolan i Piteå (Sweden)
Interests: music of the 1620s; music of Schuller, Kagel, Reger
Dissertation: "Contrapuntal Strategies in the Music of Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643): Reimagining Polyphonic Genres"
Ryan Taycher (PhD) Neenah, WI BM, MA University of North Texas Interests: Schenkerian analysis, chromaticism, German Lieder, Renaissance music
Dissertation: "De fundamento discanti: Structure and Elaboration in Fourteenth-Century Diminished Counterpoint"
Emily Truell (PhD) Elizabethton, TN BM Furman University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: string quartets, musical borrowing and quotation, theory pedagogy
Matthew Voglewede (PhD) Rockville, MD BS University of Maryland
MA University of Oregon
Interests: music theory pedagogy, music perception and cognition, music informatics
Lizhou Wang (MM) Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China BA Shanghai University; MA Shanghai University classical forms; relations between musical structure and poetic expression in the romantic era; historical aspects of music theory; theory of Chinese music
Abigail York (PhD) Kansas City, MO BM University of Missouri–Kansas City Interests: pedagogy, rhythm and meter, hermeneutical approaches, literary criticism, musical meaning
Zachary Zinser (PhD) San Diego, CA BM, MM Indiana University Interests: sound quality features in popular music, musical texture and form, musical spaces, embodied cognition and metaphors, schenkerian analysis, Brahms, 19th-century Lieder, pedagogy
Dissertation: "Sound and Syntax: Listening to Studio-Produced Popular Music"