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  • Assistant Professor of Music Theory
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Education

  • BM, University of Maryland, 1997
  • MMus, Yale School of Music, 1999
  • MA, Yale School of Music, 2000
  • MA, University of Michigan, 2008
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2011

Conference Presentations

"Lies, Betrayals, & Fruit-Covered Nails: Tight and Loose Rhyme Schemes in Indie Rock." Presented at the Society for Music Theory, St. Louis, 30 October 2015.

"The Grain of Disorientation: Pitch Indigestibility and Divergence in Sonic Youth’s Noise Rock." Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Milwaukee, 7 November 2014.

"The Hybrid Syntax of Seventh Chords in Postmillennial Rock." Presented at The International Conference on Analyzing Popular Music, hosted by the Society for Music Analysis, Liverpool, UK, 2 July 2013; and at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Charleston, 31 October 2013.

"From Uncanny to Marvelous: Poulenc’s Hexatonic Pole and the Creation of Musical Surrealism." Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, New Orleans, 2 November 2012.

"Harmonic Function within Semitone Progressions in Prokofiev’s Early Compositions." Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Minneapolis, 28 October 2011.

"The Final Chord of Poulenc’s Stabat Mater as Musical Fragment and Marker for Eternity." Presented at the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship, Wheaton College, 19 March 2011.

"Step-Progressions as Indicators of Harmonic Closure in the Music of Prokofiev." Invited presentation at the University of Toronto, February 2011. 

"Open or Closed? Poulenc’s Major-third Cycles of Minor Triads." Presented at the annual meeting of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, Penn State University, 27 March 2010. 

"Fragmentation and Verticalization of Thrash as a Compositional Strategy in Early Sonic Youth." Presented at the annual meeting of Music Theory Midwest, Miami University, 15 May 2010. 

"A Tonal Revolution in Fifths and Semitones: Aaron Copland’s Quiet City." Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Montreal, 29 October 2009.

"The Sound of Rock Destroying Itself: Sonic Youth’s Creative Reinterpretation of Their Metal Past." Presented at "Post-Punk Performance: the alternative 80s in Britain" conference, the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 9 September 2009. 

"Guitar Solo as Trope in Sonic Youth’s 'Pacific Coast Highway.'" Presented at the annual meeting of Music Theory Midwest, Bowling Green State University, 17 May 2008.

Publications

"From Uncanny to Marvelous: Poulenc’s Hexatonic Pole." Forthcoming in Theory and Practice.

"Hipster Harmony: The Hybrid Syntax of Seventh Chords in Post-millennial Rock." Music Theory Online 27, No. 1 (June 2015).

"Semitonal Succession-Classes in Prokofiev’s Music and Their Influence on Diatonic Voice-leading Backgrounds in the Op. 94 Scherzo." IntĂ©gral 27 (2013): 159-212.

"Review of S. Alexander Reed, Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music." Music Theory Online 20, No. 2 (July 2014).

"Hardcore Re-visioned: Reading and Misreading in Sonic Youth 1987-8." Music Analysis 32, No. 3 (October 2013): 363-403.

"A Tonal Revolution in Fifths and Semitones: Aaron Copland’s Quiet City." Music Theory Online 17, No. 2 (July 2011).