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Chris Stover is a music theorist, composer, and trombonist. His research interests include philosophies of time and process, Deleuze and Guattari studies, affect theory, gender, queer, and post-colonial theory, phenomenology, critical improvisation studies, rhythmic and microrhythmic processes in diasporic West African music, and the folkloric and popular music of Cuba and Brazil. He has recent or forthcoming publications in Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online, Perspectives of New Music, Media and Culture, The Open Space Magazine, Journal of Jazz Studies, Analytical Approaches to World Music, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Engaging Students, and elsewhere, including chapters in the edited volumes The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory, Improvisation and Music Education, and Sounds of Resistance. He is co-editor of Rancière and Music (with João Pedro Cachopo and Patrick Nickleson, forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press), a forthcoming special issue of Perspectives of New Music dedicated to John Rahn (with Scott Gleason and Jason Yust), and Engaging Students Through Jazz (with Garrett Michaelsen and Dariusz Terefenko). Between 2015 and 2016 he spent seven months in Brazil researching folkloric music as a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellow, and he was a Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought at The New School for Social Research during the 2016–17 academic year.
Chris has presented his research at many international and national conferences, including the Deleuze Studies Conference, the ACLA seminar “Divisions on a Ground: Rancière and Music”, the International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research, annual conferences of the Society for Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, Analytical Approaches to World Music, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Congress on Research in Dance, the Third International Conference on Music and Minimalism, the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquiam, Sound and Affect: Voice, Music, World, and many regional conferences. He has given invited talks and workshops at universities and conservatories in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Israel, Norway, and across the US.
Chris is also very active internationally as a composer and performer, and has release seven CDs as a leader or co-leader, with two new CDs (Helical Quartet and the Caetano Veloso Project) forthcoming in early 2018. His recent set of chamber-jazz compositions concrete lines—fluid curves, based on poetry by Angélica Freitas, was performed recently in Seattle and New York City. His compositions explore process, growth, flux, and recontextualization, with careful and nuanced considerations of the relationships between melody and harmony and the ways these relationships can change over time.
PhD (Music Theory), University of Washington (2009)
DMA (Trombone Performance), University of Washington (2006)
MA (Music Theory), Eastman School of Music (2002)
BM (Music Theory and Composition), Central Washington University (1993)
BM (Trombone Performance), Central Washington University (1993)
|Course Number||Course Title|
|MTC 221||Music Theory: 18th Century|
|MTC 499||Individualized Instruction|
|MTC 590||Reading and Conference|
|MTC 598||Special Topics|
|MTC 790||Reading and Conference|
|Course Number||Course Title|
|MTC 125||Basic Music Theory|
|MTC 520||Analytical Techniques|