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Keynote Address

William Gibbons

William Gibbons is Associate Professor of Musicology and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University. His interdisciplinary research explores topics including cultural value of musical canons and repertoires, as well as the history and interpretation of music in multimedia.

Gibbons is the author of Building the Operatic Museum: Eighteenth-Century Opera in Fin-de-Siècle Paris (2013) and co-editor of the essay collection Music in Video Games: Studying Play (2014). His academic articles have appeared in a number of major journals, and he has contributed chapters to a range of books, such as Ludomusicology (2016), The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media (2016), and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Operatic Canon. His monograph Unlimited Replays: The Art of Classical Music in Video Games is forthcoming with Oxford University Press, and he is currently co-editing the volume Music in the Role-Playing Game: Heroes & Harmonies.

Gibbons has been invited to present at symposia, lecture series, and conferences across the US and abroad, and frequently appears as a guest speaker and program annotator for arts organizations such as The Dallas Symphony and The Fort Worth Opera. He also performs regularly as a collaborative pianist, most recently performing concerts in the US and France as part of the Ataraxia Duo, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary works for flute and piano.

Dr. Gibbons's keynote for the 2017 GAMuT Conference is entitled "Gamifying Classical Music and Classifying Game Music."