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Brent Yorgason

Brent Yorgason

Title: Associate Professor of Music Theory

Department: Department of Music

Education: Ph.D. in Music Theory, Indiana University, 2009; Master of Music, Indiana University, 1999; Bachelor of Arts in Music, Utah State University, 1997; Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences, Ricks College, 1995

Research Interests: Expressive asynchrony in piano performance, expressive timing and meter, minimalism and post-minimalism, machine metaphors in music, music technology, theory pedagogy, and hymnology.

Recent Publications/Presentations:

“Making the Most of Minimalism: Multiple Simultaneous Processes in Torke's Telephone Book” in Analyzing the Music of Living Composers (and Others), edited by Jack Boss and Tim S. Pack (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).

“Tracing the Path of Metric Focus in Four Chopin Études,” in Musical Currents from the Left Coast, edited by Jack Boss and Bruce Quaglia (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

“Maus and the Meter Cycle: Three Narrative Analyses,” West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, University of Utah, March 2014.

“Elongated Downbeats,” Society for Music Theory, Minneapolis, MN, October 2011.

“Getting Smarter in the Classroom: Interactive Whiteboards in Music Theory Pedagogy,” Association for Music in Technology, Richmond, VA, October 2011.

“Re-examining Krebs's Low-Level Displacement Dissonance: Flexibly-Linked Metric Streams,” Music Theory Midwest, Lincoln, NE, May 2011 and Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, Colorado College, April 2011.

“The Expressive and Structural Functions of Dispersal,” Music Theory Midwest, Miami University, April 2010.

Courses (Fall 2014): Music Theory I, Music Theory III, Aural Skills I, Aural Skills III, Music History I, Composition Lessons

Courses (Spring 2015): Music Theory II, Music Theory IV, Aural Skills II, Aural Skills IV, Music History IV, Composition Lessons

Phone: (740) 376-4690

Email: brent.yorgason@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Listening to a lot of music and plenty of student involvement; no “lectures.”

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The opportunity to teach such a wide range of courses, from music theory and music history to jazz history and world music; also being able to get to know students really well and work with them one-on-one.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Mountain biking, hiking, film studies, listening to all sorts of music, spending time with my family.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

A book

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The recital hall (Alma McDonough Auditorium), because this is where some of my favorite musical experiences have occurred over the years.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Definitely Christmas with the Concert Choir at the Basilica of Saint Mary; great music, great location.