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About Me

I am a music theorist, historian, 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 & composition, history, orchestration, and film & video game 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 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; and musical performance and arrangement on YouTube. some of my recent articles and reviews have appeared in Music Theory & Analysis, Engaging Students, Analitica: Rivista online di studi musicali, and the Newsletter of the Mozart Society of America. I also have papers forthcoming in Music Analysis, 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.