See also: Current Members and Pets of SMR.

Hye Sang Monica Ahn
Ph.D. in Music Theory (2018)

Dissertation: “From Partimento to Finished Work: Realizing, Revising, and Expanding Partimenti Using Techniques of the Bach Family”

Ryan Bodiford
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (2017)

Dissertation: “Sharing Sounds: Musical Innovation, Collaboration, and Ideological Expression in the Chilean Netlabel Movement”

Kathryn Cox
Ph.D. in Historical Musicology (2017)

Dissertation: “‘What Happened to the Post-War Dream?’: Nostalgia, Trauma, and Affect in British Rock of the 1960s and 1970s”

James DiNardo
Ph.D. in Music Theory (2017)

Dissertation: “Analysis as Technologically-Mediated Musical Experience”

Jessica Getman
Ph.D. in Historical Musicology (2015)

Dissertation: “Music, Race, and Gender in the Original Series of Star Trek (1966–1969)”

Jessica Getman is the Managing Editor for The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a film musicologist focusing on music in television and science fiction media. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, for which she produced a dissertation on music and social discourse in the original series of Star Trek. Other areas of study include music production in mid-twentieth-century American television, popular music in science fiction media, and amateur music in media fandom.

Anne Heminger
Ph.D. in Historical Musicology (2018)

Dissertation: “Confession Carried Aloft: Music, Religious Identity, and Sacred Space in London, c. 1540–1560”

Andrew Kohler
Ph.D. in Historical Musicology, Certificate in Music Theory (2015)

Dissertation: ““‘Grey C’, Acceptable”: Carl Orff’s Professional and Artistic Responses to the Third Reich”

Andrew Kohler grew up in the Seattle area. He earned a classics diploma from Phillips Exeter Academy and a B.A. in literature and music from Yale University. After completing his musicology degree, he taught music history, music theory, and music appreciation at several colleges and universities in Michigan, Ohio, and Arkansas. His other musical activities include singing with the UMS Choral Union, keyboard performance, composition, and watching productions of obscure operas. He conducted his Chamber Symphony in E minor in 2012 at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He has done work with social justice causes, including serving as the legislative intern at Equal Rights Washington in Seattle, and his dissertation explores themes of anti-authoritarianism in Carl Orff’s output. Andrew is one of the first members of the Gershwin Initiative. He is honored to be the project manager for Wayne Shirley’s edition of Porgy and Bess, for which he performed in the test performance and presented a paper on the character of Bess at the accompanying symposium. Andrew is currently the Senior Editorial Assistant for the Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan.

Ho-Chak Law
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (2018)

Dissertation: “Cinematizing Chinese Opera, Performing Chinese Identities, 1945-1971”

Stephen Lett
Ph.D. in Music Theory (2019)

Dissertation: “The Psychedelic Listener: Theorizing Music in Therapeutic Practice”

Vivian Luong
Ph.D. in Music Theory (2019)

Dissertation: “Analysis as Ethics: Experiments with Music Loving”

Vivian Luong is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include the ethics of music analysis, feminist and queer theory, Schenkerian analysis, and affective autoethnography. Her dissertation, “Analysis as Ethics: Experiments with Music Loving,” explores analysis as a loving, ethical practice through the perspectives of feminist music theory and new materialisms. She is currently developing a project that draws connections between queer animacies of the nonhuman and theories of musical agency. Vivian’s work on analytical ethics has been published in Music Theory Online. She has presented her research at meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, the Canadian University Music Society, Music Theory Midwest, and Feminist Theory and Music. Her work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. Vivian currently serves as the co-chair of the SMT Queer Resource Interest Group.

James McNally
Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (2019)

Dissertation: “São Paulo Underground: Creativity, Collaboration, and Cultural Production in a Multi-Stylistic Experimental Music Scene”

James McNally is currently a lecturer in the Departments of Music and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Michael Schachter
Ph.D. in Composition and Music Theory (2019)

Dissertation: Vol. I: “The Black Clown”
Vol. II: “On Musical Reasoning: A Garland of Three Articles”

Austin Stewart
Ph.D. in Historical Musicology (2019)

Dissertation: “The Opera is Booming. This is a City.: Opera in the Urban Frontier of Denver, 1864–1893”

Austin Stewart is a cultural innovator, musicologist, and arts administrator. He is putting his doctoral degree and various experience to use in non-traditional ways and moving towards a career in arts policy and advocacy. Currently, he is serving as the Acting Director of Institutional Advancement at Michigan Opera Theater, where he manages foundation and government relations, and as Director of Operations for Chorus pro Musica in Boston.

Evan Ware
Ph.D. in Composition and Music Theory (2015)

Dissertation: The Quietest of Whispers: a symphony for chamber orchestra;
“Their Ways: Theorizing Reinterpretation in Popular Music”

Evan Ware maintains active as composer and music theorist. His music has been performed in the United States, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and in Canada, both live as well as on CBC Radio 2 and WCMU. He has been privileged to work with such groups as the Latitude 49, ÆPEX Sinfonietta, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montéal, the Arraymusic Ensemble, members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, the Georgia State University Concert Band, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, and the New Zealand Clarinet Quartet. Evan’s music has been supported by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Central Michigan University’s School of Research and Graduate Studies, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of Ottawa. Evan’s research on cover songs and musical reinterpretation has appeared in publications on punk music. He is currently co-editing a book for Routledge on music in the Star Trek Franchise and is preparing a chapter for a collection on the music of Twin Peaks. He has presented papers at meetings of the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, Music Theory Southeast, Music and the Moving Image, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Canadian arm of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Evan is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at Central Michigan University, having previously taught at Georgia State University, and Madonna University.