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 (MM) Cambridge, Ontario BMus, Wilfrid Laurier 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
Nathan Blustein (PhD) BM Indiana University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: opera, transformational theory, 19th-century Lieder, music in the Weimar Republic
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
Dissertation: "Musical Pleasure in Rossinian Opera"
Chelsea Brinda (MM) Orlando, FL BM University of Florida Interests: German Lieder, history of music theory, music theory pedagogy, post-tonal theory
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
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
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
Tyler Erickson (MM) Commack, NY BM New York 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
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
David Geary (PhD) Rochester, NY BM Ithaca College;
MM Eastman School of Music
Interests: Italian opera, Schenkerian analysis, music theory pedagogy
Stephen Gomez-Peck (MM) Orleans, MA BM Ithaca College Interests: pedagogy, music since World War II; jazz theory
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"
John Heilig (PhD) Cooper City, FL BM Florida State University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: saxophone repertoire, minimalism, text setting
Madeleine Howey (MM) Watertown, SD BA Concordia College (MN) Interests: post-tonal theory, performance and analysis, percussion, 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
Dissertation: "Steve Reich's Later Rhythmic and Metrical Practices"
Christy Keele (PhD) Grand Forks, ND BM University of Nebraska;
MM Indiana University
Interests: Schenker, the Romantic period, musical meaning and popular music
Dissertation: "Dramatic Pacing and Climactic Process in Selected Scherzi and Ballades of Chopin"
Robert Komaniecki (PhD) Minneapolis, MN BA, MA University of Minnesota Interests: popular music, music theory pedagogy
Stephen Komer (PhD) Chesterfield, MI BM Oakland University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: Renaissance music, Schenkerian analysis, analysis of Baroque music
Nathan Lam (PhD) Brisbane, Australia BM Griffith University Interests: Malcolm Arnold's symphonies, Persichetti's hymns, Schenkerian analysis
Emily Lamb (MM) Elizabethton, TN BM Furman University Interests: string quartets, musical borrowing and quotation, theory pedagogy
Lucy Liu (PhD) London, Ontario BA University of Western Ontario
Sarah Mahnken (PhD) Schleswig, IA BA Concordia University (NE); MM University of Nebraska Interests: Shostakovich, scale theory, modes, pitch centricity
Stephen McFall (MM) Aiken, SC BM Winthrop 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"
Jinny Park (PhD) Tallahassee, FL BM Florida State University;
MM Indiana 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: emotion and agency in music, subjectivity in analysis, music perception and cognition, rhetoric and music
Dissertation: "Framing Listeners' Emotional Engagement in Selected Works of Corelli"
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
Aaron Sunstein (PhD) BM University of Iowa; MA Musikhögskolan i Piteå (Sweden) Interests: music of the 1620s; music of Schuller, Kagel, Reger
Ryan Taycher (PhD) Neenah, WI BM, MA University of North Texas Interests: Schenkerian analysis, chromaticism, German Lieder, Renaissance music
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"
Lauren Wilson (MM) Brighton, MI BM Oakland University Interests: atonality, serialism, form, guitar repertoire
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 Indiana University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: pedagogy, Schenkerian analysis, 18th-century tonality, popular music, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Satie