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Alumni Placements by Graduation Year

2013

Jeffrey Swinkin

University of Oklahoma, Assistant Professor

Dissertation: Performative Analysis: Theorizing the Interpretation of Tonal Music

 

2012

Nathaniel Adam

Central Connecticut State 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, Assistant 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, Assistant Professor of Music

Dissertation: Cyclic Structure and Dramatic Recapitulation in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen

 

2008

Philip Duker

University of Delaware, Assistant Professor of Music,

Dissertation: Following Echoes: Exploring the Reverberations between Repetition, Analysis, and Musical Experience

 

Blair Johnston

Indiana University, Assistant Professor of Music

Dissertation: Harmony and Climax in the Late Works of Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

Daniel Stevens

University of Delaware, Assistant 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

McGill University, 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, Assistant 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

 

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