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
Miguel Arango Calle (PhD) Manizales, Colombia

BM University of Costa Rica; MM University of Arizona

Interests: intersection between analysis, aesthetics, and reception history in music from the turn of the twentieth century; Schenkerian analysis, Formenlehre theories, and analytical approach to music of the long-nineteenth-century
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"
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
Dissertation: "Experiencing Sleeping Beauty: Strategies of Adaptation"
Peter Cho (MM)
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 (MM) Kings Mountain, NC BM Furman University Interests: music cognition, neo-tonal music, microtonal music
Mítia D'Acol (MM) Ribeirão Preto, Brazil BME University of São Paulo;
MM University of São Paulo
Interests: music communication, topic theory, galant schemata
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
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
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
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)
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
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"
Teaching at IU East
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
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
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"
Emily Lamb (PhD) Elizabethton, TN BM Furman University;
MM Indiana University
Interests: string quartets, musical borrowing and quotation, theory pedagogy
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"
Michele Newman (MM) Grapevine, TX BM University of North Texas Interests: early 20th-century American music, rhythm and meter, motivic development and form
Mariam Osman (MM) Tampa, FL BA University of South Florida;
MA Southern New Hampshire University
Interests: Schenkerian analysis, mathematical applications, piano and symphonic literature
Loida Osorio (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
Despoina Panagiotidou (MM) Drama, Greece BA University of Macedonia 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
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 (MM) Simi Valley, CA BM, MM California State University Northridge Interests: twentieth-century music, music theory pedagogy
Rachel Rosenman (MM) Mercer Island, WA BA Wesleyan University Interests: French late Romantic music, jazz theory, musical semiotics
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"
Teaching at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
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
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
Dissertation: "Accessing the Body for Analysis: Embodied Cognition, Memory, and Communication in Music Making"
Teaching at Grand Valley State University
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
Dissertation: "De fundamento discanti: Structure and Elaboration in Fourteenth-Century Diminished Counterpoint"
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, MA Penn State University Interests: chromatic harmony, pitch space, pedagogy, transformational theory
Dissertation: "Relationships between Poetic and Musical Closure in Romantic German Lieder"
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: pedagogy, Schenkerian analysis, 18th-century tonality, popular music, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Satie