Matthew Poon

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Areas of Study

Education

  • PhD, music theory, University of Toronto
  • MA, music theory, University of Toronto
  • MM, orchestral conducting, University of Toronto
  • BM, piano performance, McMaster University
  • ARCT, piano performance, Royal Conservatory of Music

Biography

Matthew Poon is a music theorist who specializes in issues of musical form and the analysis of nineteenth-century orchestral music. Prior to arriving at Oberlin, Matthew earned his PhD in music theory and MMus in orchestral conducting from the University of Toronto, during which time he additionally served as the principal conductor of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra (an orchestra consisting of traditional Chinese instruments), music director of the Strings Attached Orchestra, and conducting instructor at Tyndale University.

Musical Form, Nineteenth-Century Orchestral Music

  • “When Intra- and Interthematic Functions Collide: Conflation in Robert Schumann’s Orchestral Sonata Forms.” Music Theory Spectrum (Forthcoming in 2024).
  • “Searching for Arcadia in the Main Theme of Robert Schumann’s Overture to Hermann and Dorothea.” Indiana Theory Review (Forthcoming in 2023).
  • "Cadential Melodies: Form-Functional Taxonomy and the Role of the Upper Voice.” Music Theory Online (2022). Co-authored with Kyle Hutchinson. 
  • “Cueing Musical Emotions: An Empirical Analysis of 24-Piece Sets by Bach and Chopin Documents Parallels with Emotional Speech.” Frontiers in Psychology (2015). Co-authored with Michael Schutz.