Officers, Committee Chairs


President: Philip Stoecker (Hofstra University), 2023–25

Philip Stoecker is Professor of Music and Department Chair at Hofstra University, where he has been teaching since 2008. His research interests include the music of Thomas Adès, Alban Berg, George Perle, and Arnold Schoenberg. He co-edited Thomas Adès Studies (CUP) with Edward Venn, and this collection of essays by leading scholars on the music of Adès won the 2022 Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Award of the Society for Music Theory (SMT). He has presented papers at meetings of SMT, Music Theory Midwest, Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS), the Arnold Schönberg Symposium, and other regional and international conferences. His articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of the Arnold Schönberg Center, the Journal of Music Theory, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy,Music Analysis, Music Theory and Analysis, Music Theory Online, Music Theory Spectrum, and Theory and Practice.

Vice President: Loretta Terrigno, (Eastman School of Music) 2024–2026 

Loretta Terrigno is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music. Her articles and reviews appear in Music Theory OnlineMusic Analysis, Music Research Forum, and Rethinking Brahms (ed. Nicole Grimes and Reuben Phillips, published by Oxford University Press in 2022), Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library AssociationNineteenth-Century Music Review, and the American Brahms Society newsletter. She serves as Secretary and Membership Chair for the American Brahms Society and on the editorial board of Music Theory Online. She is also an editorial board member for the Journal for Music Theory Pedagogy. She is a pianist and holds degrees in performance from the Mannes College of Music and a PhD in music theory and musicology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. 

Secretary: Sarah Marlowe (Eastman School of Music), 2021–25

Sarah Marlowe is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music. Her current research projects focus on DEIA efforts in music theory pedagogy and the analysis and promotion of music by women composers. Her research on music theory pedagogy, Schenkerian analysis of fugue, and work by J. S. Bach has been published in Theory and Practice, Music Theory Online, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory, and Bach: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. Sarah was the 2013 recipient of the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award, and she has received three prestigious teaching awards from the Eastman School of Music and NYU Steinhardt. She previously served as a board member for MTSNYS (2013–2016) and was co-editor of Theory and Practice (2016–2019). In addition to her service as secretary for MTSNYS, Sarah currently serves as editor of the SMT newsletter.

Treasurer: Anna Stephan-Robinson (West Liberty Univesity) 2024–28

Anna Stephan-Robinson is Professor and Director of Music Theory and Ear Training at West Liberty University in West Virginia, where she has taught Musicianship, all levels of Music Theory and Ear Training, and applied horn. Her areas of research interest include music pedagogy, analysis of twentieth- and twenty-first-century concert and popular music, and music of American women composers, particularly that of Katherine Ruth Heyman and Marion Bauer. She has presented at international, national, and regional conferences, and published in journals including Music Theory Online and the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. In addition to serving as MTSNYS treasurer, Anna has served as Vice President of MTSMA and Secretary-Treasurer of the Allegheny Chapter of AMS. She holds a Ph.D. degree in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, an M.M. in horn performance from The University of Georgia, and a B.A. in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Board Members

Ruka Shironishi (The New School University, Mannes School Of Music and Queens College, CUNY), 2024–2026

Ruka Shironishi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of music theory and aural skills both at The New School University (Mannes School Of Music) and Queens College (CUNY). She holds a Ph.D. in music theory from CUNY Graduate Center and B.M. in piano performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her current research focuses on the type of modal harmony that was created as the result of the plainchant revival in nineteenth-century France. At the 2023 annual meeting of MTSNYS, she presented a paper titled “Modal Cadences in the Tonality of Plainchant.” In addition to being a pianist, Ruka is also an active performer of Balinese gamelan. She travels regularly to Bali as a member of Yowana Sari to perform and research the tradition of Balinese music.

Lukas Perry (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), 2024–26

Lukas is a PhD candidate in Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music and joins the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Fall 2024 as a full-time Lecturer in Music Theory. His research interests include the harmonic syntax of Maurice Duruflé’s diatonic modal works and semiotics in videogame and film music. His dissertation develops a harmonic analysis system for Duruflé by incorporating traditional Riemannian functional theory, functional mixture, the double-tonic complex, and principles of the French plainchant reform movement. Additionally, he has presented on the semiotic and leitmotivic expression of “home” in the music of The Legend of Zelda, stylistic juxtapositions of pop and jazz as indicators of authenticity in La La Land, and the incorporation of Isabella Leonarda’s trio sonatas into the counterpoint classroom. In 2023, Lukas was named a recipient of the Eastman School of Music’s Teaching Assistant Prize. As a pianist, organist, and choral conductor, Lukas has served in numerous positions, including full-time Music Director at Church of the Assumption (St. Paul, MN), Artistic Director of the Minnesota Center Chorale, and Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of Minnesota.

Nathan Lam (Eastman School of Music), 2023–25

Nathan Lam is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music. He holds a BM in clarinet performance from Queensland Conservatorium (Australia) and a PhD in music theory from Indiana University. Before joining Eastman, he taught music theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nathan’s research focuses on Western modal theories and Chinese compositional theories from historical and mathematical perspectives. He is preparing a monograph titled Diatonic Modes from Plato to Pokémon and a full-length album titled Canonic Variations that began life as musical examples for his theory classes. Photo credit John Schlia Photography.

Stephanie Venturino (Yale University), 2023–25

Stephanie Venturino is an assistant professor of analysis and musicianship at the Yale School of Music. She holds a Ph.D. in music theory and a B.M. in saxophone performance from the Eastman School of Music. Her research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century French music, the history of music theory, and music theory and aural skills pedagogy. She regularly presents her work at regional, national, and international conferences. Stephanie has contributed scholarship to Theoria, as well as to edited collections from Cambridge University Press and Routledge.

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