Music Theory

Chelsea Burns

Visiting Lecturer
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 4:00pm
In Person - 321 Music Building
Chelsea Burns is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Texas at Austin, and affiliate faculty at the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. She received her Ph.D. in the theory and history of music from the University of Chicago, and prior to arriving at the University of Texas, she was on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and Harvard University. Her research interests include Latin American modernist concert music as well as American popular musics, with a focus on bluegrass and country. She is especially interested in the ways that contexts—economic, political, material—affect analytical interpretation. Her research suggests that such contextual understanding shapes analysis in critical ways, at times undermining or reversing prevailing musical interpretations. Her work touches on issues of race, postcoloniality, instrumental technologies, and expressions of privilege and class, among others. Professor Burns has presented papers at national conferences of the Society for Music Theory, American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, Society for Ethnomusicology, US chapter of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and Latin American Studies Association. Recent and forthcoming publications address issues of exoticism and modernism in relation to Brazilian indigeneity, the pedal steel guitar in 1960s country music, genre and race in 1970s country music, pedagogical considerations for the undergraduate music- theory core curriculum, and the sound and shaping pressures of current bluegrass music. She is also an avid bluegrass player, and enjoys being part of the Austin bluegrass scene.

Edward Klorman

His first book, Mozart’s Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works (Cambridge, 2016), draws on historical concepts of musical sociability and agency to develop new approaches to the analysis of sonata form and phrase rhythm.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 4:00pm

Andrew Chung

Andrew Chung's article, "Vibration, Difference, and Solidarity in the Anthropocene: Ethical Difficulties of New Materialist Sound Studies and Some Alternatives," appeared in the latest volume of Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture. Click here for more information.  

Yiyi Gao

The Texas Society for Music Theory awarded Yiyi Gao (PhD, Music Theory) the Colvin Award for best student presentation at its annual meeting. Her presentation was entitled "Unveiling the Poetic-Musical Narrative and the Incomplete 'Urlinie': Recontextualizing Robert Schumann's Song 'Wehmut' Op. 39/9."

Dr. Ellen Bakulina

Faculty Publication
Friday, October 2, 2020
Ellen Bakulina published an essay entitled "Tonal Pairing in Two of Rachmaninoff's Songs," in Analytical Approaches to Twentieth-Century Russian Music (Routledge).

Dr. Andrew Chung

Faculty Publication
Dr. Andrew Chung published an article entitled "Music as Sexual Violence? Investigating the Case of Bar/club-Based Sex Trafficking and Sonic Harm" in Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Click here for more information.