I am a music theorist and media scholar with broad research and teaching interests, including contemporary film and video game music, tonal (and sometimes post-tonal!) analysis, the history of music theory, and the digital humanities. I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University in May, 2017, and I am currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where I teach courses on music theory, video game music, and film music, and serve on the college's Committee on Learning Assessment. I previously taught courses in music at Tufts University, and spent several years of graduate school working as a Learning Lab Fellow at Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. From 2013 to 2016, I was also an editorial assistant for the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Currently, I serve as a member of the IT/Networking Committee for the Society for Music Theory, an executive board member for the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, and the webmaster of the New England Conference of Music Theorists.
My current research projects are concerned with recomposition in music theory; the collision of modernist and popular musical styles in video game soundtracks; and musical performance and arrangement on YouTube. My articles and reviews have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Music Analysis, Music Theory & Analysis, Engaging Students, Analitica: Rivista online di studi musicali, and the Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America. Recent topics of research include:
- the influence of heavy metal on video game music in the 1980s
- solo covers on YouTube;
- the role of diminished triads in Neo-Riemannian theories of chromatic voice-leading
- Hans Keller's method of "functional analysis";
- chromatic harmony in the piano music of Amy Beach
- the soundtrack to the movie Guardians of the Galaxy;
- and Jerome-Joseph de Momigny's analysis of Mozart's D Minor String Quartet.
You can also read the typescript from my April 2017 dissertation colloquium here.
You can reach me by email at williamevanohara [at] gmail.com, or find me on Twitter at @oharatheorem.