- Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1990
- M.P.H., Yale University, 1987
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Cornell University, 1984
Dr. Gretchen Horlacher has taught at the University of California (UC)-Riverside and at UC-Santa Barbara, and served as chair of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Music Theory Department from 2008 to 2012. In fall 2012, she began an appointment as assistant to the dean for research and administration.
She has published articles and reviews in Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Music Theory, Intégral, Music Theory Online, and Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung. Her monograph for Oxford University Press, Building Blocks: Repetition and Continuity in Stravinsky's Music, was published in 2011
Horlacher has a special interest in the study of rhythm and meter. Her recent work deals with music of Stravinsky and Reich, and she has had a research fellowship from the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, to study Stravinsky's manuscripts.
She has served as secretary for the Society for Music Theory, as well as chair of its Program Committee and a member of its Executive Board.
Horlacher is also a pianist, having studied with Malcolm Bilson, and received the Prix d'Excellence from the École de Musique in Fontainebleau.