Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology

Brian Wright

Dr. Brian F. Wright holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Case Western Reserve University and is a former research assistant for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archive. Prior to UNT, Dr. Wright was Assistant Professor at Fairmont State University, where he taught a variety of music history courses and worked extensively with the local chapter of Guitars 4 Vets. Dr. Wright specializes in the history of American popular music.

Andrew Chung

Andrew Chung is a music theorist who specializes in topics of musical meaning, the philosophy of language, and performativity, with applications in 21st century musical works and social/sonic life. His work centers upon recent music in European festivals of new music, but also includes a focus on the use of music as violence. He is especially interested in the ethics of musical practices, with their entanglements in ecological, semiotic, and feminist thought. Other work of his includes explorations in mathematical music theory and the writings of David Lewin.

Emily Hagen

Dr. Emily Hagen completed her bachelor of arts in music and Spanish as well as her master of music in vocal performance at the University of MN Duluth (UMD). She was the 2006 recipient of the Olive Anna Tezla Award for outstanding achievement in the School of Fine Arts. She has studied opera in Izmir (Turkey) as a Rotary International Scholar, at the Conservatoire Régionale de Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, and at the Istituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Caltanissetta, Sicily.

David Heetderks

David Heetderks researches form and expression in pop/rock music, and he is currently studying how text and timbre affirm or deviate from formal expectations in popular song-forms. His previous research investigated geometric models of chromatic voice leading in post-2000 art rock, quotation and distortion of past styles by the band Sonic Youth, and the use of irregular textual and phrase rhythms in indie music. In addition to his popular-music research, Dr.

Gillian Robertson

Gillian Robertson, a native of Ontario Canada, is a Senior Lecturer of Music Theory. She holds a Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University (2015) where she studied with Drs. Joseph Kraus and Matthew Shaftel. She was the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) while completing her M.A. in Music Theory at the University of Western Ontario. Gillian received her Bachelor of Music (Honors Theory with Distinction) from Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada).

Benjamin Graf

Benjamin Graf is an active scholar in music theory, pedagogy and performance. He defended his dissertation, An Analytical Study of Structural Dualism and Paradox in Beethoven, in February 2016 and earned his Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of North Texas in May 2016. At UNT, Benjamin was the recipient of a Teaching Fellowship in the College of Music, and he was awarded numerous scholarships, including the Robert W. Ottman Graduate Music Theory Scholarship as well as the Ethelston and Lamarr Chapman Music Theory Scholarship.

Ellen Bakulina

Ellen Bakulina is a Russian-Canadian music theorist. With a complex cultural and geographic path, she has degrees in music theory from the College of the Moscow States Tchaikovsky Conservatory (music theory and musicology), the Moscow Conservatory itself (program only), McGill University, Montreal (BMus and MA), and CUNY Graduate Center, New York (PhD 2015). Dr. Bakulina joined the UNT faculty in the fall of 2016.