Music Theory

Frank Samarotto

Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Samarotto, Frank


Contact Information:
Simon Center, M325F


Music Theory

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, The City University of New York, 1999
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Queen's College-CUNY, 1979

Frank Samarotto is associate professor of music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

He is a former faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He was a workshop leader at the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies as well as at the first conferences in Germany devoted to Schenkerian theory and analysis, held in Berlin, Sauen, and Mannheim in 2004. He gave a week of lectures on musical time at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, in 2007.

Samarotto has been a visiting scholar at Emory University, Penn State School of Music, Bowling Green State University, Notre Dame, McGill University, and Yale University, and a keynote speaker at the Annual Music Theory Forum at Florida State University.
His invited papers on issues of temporality, text expression, and motivic coherence have been presented at regional, national, and international conferences, including in Rotterdam, London, Cambridge, and Tallinn, Estonia.

He has publications in Schenkerian collections and international congress reports, and is the former editor of Theory and Practice and an editorial board member of The Journal of Schenkerian Studies.

His research interests include aspects of Schenkerian theory and its application to rhythm and temporality in music. He is currently working on a book about Schenkerian theory and analysis.