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About Me

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. 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. Some of my recent publications, presentations, and working papers have addressed: 

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.