I am a music theorist, historian, and media scholar with broad research and teaching interests, including the history of music theory, tonal (and increasingly, post-tonal) analysis, popular music, contemporary film and video game music, the history of music theory, 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 in Pennsylvania, 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 working 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 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, 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 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:
the role of diminished triads in Neo-Riemannian theories of chromatic voice-leading
chromatic harmony in the piano music of Amy Beach
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.