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
Knar Abrahamyan (MM) Cleveland, TN BM, BA, MM, Lee University Interests: evolution of style in Scriabin piano sonatas; Baroque counterpoint
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
Tim Best (PhD) Charlottesville, VA BM New England Conservatory;
MM Indiana University
Interests: text-music relations in the 19th-century Lied, pitch relations in early 20th-century freely atonal music, semiotics, interpretive analysis
Teaching at Oberlin Conservatory
Matthew Bilik (MM) Granger, IN BME Indiana University Interests: 19th- and 20th-century French and Spanish music, popular song, early 20th-century music, harmony and orchestration, composition
Nathan Blustein (PhD) BM Indiana University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: opera, transformational theory, 19th-century Lieder, music in the Weimar Republic
Clifton Boyd (MM) West Bloomfield, MI BM University of Michigan Interests: Bach keyboard works, orchestration, Schenkerian analysis, rock music
Matthew Boyle (PhD)   BM University of Georgia;
MM Indiana University
Interests: Italian-language opera of the 1700s and 1800s, Beethoven and Schubert's Vienna, Second Viennese School modernism, schema theory, musical genre and its impact on analysis and hermeneutics
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
Ruthie Chase (PhD) Des Moines, IA BM Northwestern College (IA);
MM Indiana University
Interests: music in film and television, post-1950 American music, timbre, music in/as culture/experience, Candy Crush
Mark Chilla (PhD) Alpharetta, GA BM University of Georgia;
MM Indiana University
Interests: German Lieder, American popular song, Schenkerian analysis
Diego Cubero (PhD)  San Jose, Costa Rica BM Georgia State University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: Schenkerian analysis, music and meaning, time, and 19th-century philosophy
Dissertation: "Brahms and the Aesthetics of Dissolution: Inwardness, Distance, and Resignation"
Teaching at the University of North Texas
Nicole DiPaolo (PhD) Northville, MI BM University of Michigan 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
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
Ethan Edl (MM) Rochester, MN BA Grinnell College Interests: transformational theory, 20th- and 21st-century music, philosophy of music
Gabrielle Gaudreault (MM) Montréal, QC BMus McGill University Pursuing MM in music theory and choral conducting
Interests: Brahms piano works, form, serialism, the Classical symphony
William Guerin (PhD) Waltham, MA AB Dartmouth College;
MM Indiana University
Interests: musical meaning in 20th-century opera, music semiotics, Benjamin Britten, electronic and computer music
Dissertation: "Stylistic Interaction in John Adams's Nixon in China: An Approach to a General Theory of Polystylism"
Alissa Guntren (PhD) Sioux City, IA BM Boston University;
MM University of Cincinnati;
PD Indiana University
Interests: interpretive analysis, Romanticism, Schenkerian analysis, analysis and performance
Chelsey Hamm (PhD) Skaneateles, NY BM Ithaca College;
MM Florida State University
Interests: Schenkerian analysis, music and meaning, text and musical relationships, and twentieth-century music (especially Ives)
Dissertation: "Inter-Opus Associations of Recurring Borrowings in the Music of Charles Ives"
Teaching at Kenyon College
John Heilig (MM) Cooper City, FL BM Florida State University Interests: saxophone repertoire, minimalism, text setting
Jason Jedlicka (PhD) Cleveland, OH BM Ohio State University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: American and European minimalism and other related repertoires, popular music, 19th-century keyboard literature
Christy Keele (PhD) Grand Forks, ND BM University of Nebraska;
MM Indiana University
Interests: Schenker, the Romantic period, musical meaning and popular music
Stephen Komer (MM) Chesterfield, MI BM Oakland University Interests: Renaissance music, Baroque counterpoint, Romantic piano music, Schenkerian analysis
Katelyn Kozinski (MM) DeKalb, IL BM, MM, PC Northern Illinois University Interests: composition, music perception and cognition, pedagogy, Middle Eastern music
Nathan Lam (PhD) Brisbane, Australia BM Griffith University Interests: Malcolm Arnold's symphonies, Persichetti's hymns, Schenkerian analysis
Lucy Liu (PhD) London, Ontario BA University of Western Ontario
Michael McClimon (PhD) Greer, SC BM Furman University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: jazz, rhythm and meter, Schenkerian analysis
Dissertation: "A Transformational Approach to Jazz Harmony"
Teaching at Furman University
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
Nathaniel Mitchell (MM) Bristol, VA BM Furman University Interests: timbral analysis, spectralism, form, music cognition, and bluegrass music
Jinny Park (MM) Tallahassee, FL BM Florida State University Interests: from Renaissance viol consort music to 21st-century music
Calvin Peck (PhD) Milwaukee, WI BM Eastman School of Music;
MM Indiana University
Interests: philosophical approaches to musical analysis, music theory pedagogy
Katrina Roush (PhD) Wooster, OH BA Indiana Wesleyan University;
MM Michigan State University
Interests: Music and emotion, music cognition, rhetoric as applied to music (past and present), and the interplay between different theories of structure
Paul Sherrill (PhD)   BA Yale University Interests: theories of rhythm, meter, and temporality; transformational form; style; eighteenth-century opera
Dissertation: "Temporal Duality of Recitative and Aria: A Theory of Metastasian Opera Seria"
Rogerio Shieh (MM) São Paulo, Brazil BM Mercer University Pursuing MM in music theory and Baroque cello
Interests: integrating theory and performance, Baroque music, late Romantic French music
Jessica Sommer (PhD) St. Louis, MO BA Truman State University;
MM Florida State University;
MM University of Cincinnati
Interests: post-Romantic and Impressionist music, performance and analysis, rhythm and meter, semiotics, metaphors
Ryan Taycher (PhD) Neenah, WI BM, MA University of North Texas Interests: Schenkerian analysis, chromaticism, German Lieder, Renaissance music
Trina Thompson (PhD) Walla Walla, WA BA Walla Walla College;
MM Northern Illinois University
Interests: Schenkerian analysis, pedagogy, text and music, cultural studies
Dissertation: "The Rhetoric of Suggestion in Selected Vocal Works of Debussy: Musical Topic and Temporality"
Teaching at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI)
Michael Vidmar-McEwen (PhD) Cleveland, OH BA College of Wooster;
MA University of Notre Dame
Interests: Schenkerian analysis, music and text, musical meaning, Benjamin Britten
Dissertation: "Britten's Expressive Prisms: Variations on a Theme"
Matthew Voglewede (PhD) Rockville, MD BS University of Maryland 
MA University of Oregon
Interests: music theory pedagogy, music perception and cognition, music informatics
Jeffrey Vollmer (PhD) Wilmington, DE BM Penn State University;
MA Penn State University
Interests: chromatic harmony, pitch space, pedagogy, transformational theory
Dissertation: "Relationships between Poetic and Musical Closure in Romantic German Lieder"
Joseph Williams (PhD)      
Zachary Zinser (MM) San Diego, CA BM Indiana University Interests: Renaissance, Romantic music, chromaticism, Motown, jazz