This course offers a deep dive into the theory and analysis of contemporary music, drawing on a broad repertoire of recent works by composers of the European avant-garde (Jonathan Harvey, Gérard Grisey), American experimentalists (Julius Eastman, Henry Threadgill), and artists drawing inspiration from non-Western traditions (Liza Lim, Raven Chacon). The syllabus will include readings by composers and theorists as well as close analytical study of scores and recordings. Central topics will include serialism and post-serialism, improvisation and indeterminacy, spectral techniques, microtonality, timbre, and rhythm. In addition to assigned readings and analyses, students will complete a supervised analytical project on a contemporary work of their choice. 

The course is open to graduate students as well as undergraduates with a strong background in music theory. Previous study of twentieth-century and/or post-tonal music theory is recommended but not required. Enrollment limited to 10 students.


This class will familiarize the student with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and to understand its application to Standard American English within a lyric setting. Application of that knowledge will be proven through written IPA, reading, listening and performance assignments.

This class will be beneficial not only to singers, but also to speakers who wish to improve their understanding of the pronunciation of American English. Additionally, choral directors will benefit greatly from an understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet and how to apply it when working with blending sound within their choral groups.


If you have never studied German before, this course will help you to develop a sense of how the language sounds and a sense of its wonderful expressive possibilities, as well as to learn as much as possible about the individual sounds and their corresponding symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

If you have studied German before, I will help you to expand your appreciation for the beauty and the expressive possibilities of the language, as well as your knowledge of the IPA symbols corresponding to the sounds of the language.

This course is beneficial for anyone who works with the German language in an expressive capacity—collaborative pianists, singers, choral conductors, and instrumental conductors, as well as for anyone who wishes to improve their pronunciation of spoken German.