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About Me

A recent C.V. can be found here.

I am a music theorist, historian, and media scholar with broad research and teaching interests, including the history of music theory, tonal analysis & chromatic harmony, popular music, contemporary film and video game music, and the digital humanities. I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2017, and I am currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Gettysburg College, where I teach courses on music theory & aural skills, music history, orchestration, and film & video game music, and serve on the college's Committee on Learning Assessment. I previously taught music theory at Tufts University, and spent several years of graduate school as a Learning Lab Fellow at Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. From 2013 to 2016, I was an editorial assistant for the Journal of the American Musicological Society. Currently, I am 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, a member of the editorial advisory board for the music theory journal GAMUT, and the webmaster of SMT’s new scholarly video journal, SMT-V.

My current research projects are concerned with recomposition in music theory; popular music in video games; chromatic harmony in the music of Amy Beach; Neo-Riemannian music theory, and musical performance and arrangement on YouTube. Some of my recent articles and reviews have appeared in Music Analysis, Music Theory & Analysis, Engaging Students, and Analitica: Rivista online di studi musicali. I also have chapters forthcoming in The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, and Rethinking Reicha.  Some recent topics of research include: 

You can also read the typescript from my April 2017 dissertation colloquium here.

You can reach me by email at williamevanohara [at], or find me on Twitter at @oharatheorem.