Lawrence Shuster (University of Massachusetts)
Lawrence Shuster received his doctoral degree in music theory from the City University of New York Graduate Center with a dissertation entitled "Transformational Harmony and Voice-Leading: Analytical Applications and Methodological Extensions of Klumpenhouwer Network Theory" completed under the supervision of Philip Lambert. Mr. Shuster has taught previously at the Contemporary Institute of Music in Beijing, China; Brooklyn College (CUNY); Hunter College (CUNY); and the University of Georgia, Athens. His research interests include theories of musical transformation; theories of musical time and jazz theory and analysis. Mr. Shuster has presented papers at numerous international, national and regional conferences including the Society of Music Theory and the International Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music. For the past several years, Mr. Shuster has been conducting interdisciplinary research with the mathematician Jerry G. Ianni. Their joint publication entitled "Groups of Symmetries for Tetrachordal K-classes" has been recently published as part of the selected conference proceedings from the First Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music. In addition to his activities as music theorist, Mr. Shuster is also active as an electric bassist and performs regularly at various venues in New York City.
Rob Schultz (University of Massachusetts)
Rob Schultz received his Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Washington in 2009. He has previously taught Music Theory and Aural Skills at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Schultz's articles on musical contour appear in Music Theory Spectrum and in volume four of the "musik theorien der gegenwart" series, published by Pfau-Verlag (forthcoming). He has presented his research at regional, national, and international conferences, including meetings of the Society for Music Theory, Gesellschaft fur Musiktheorie, Music Theory Southeast, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, the Music Theory Society of New York State, and the Symposium on Music and Nature.
Kalin Kirilov (Towson University)
Kalin Kirilov is an Assistant Professor of Music at Towson University. He previously taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kalin received a B.A. from the Academy of Music in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Oregon. Kalin's research explores the boundaries between two often compartmentalized fields, music theory and ethnomusicology, and his new perspectives for analysis of Eastern European music have been well-received at national and international conferences. Kalin’s dissertation traces the development of harmonic languages in Bulgarian music starting from the earliest examples of triadic harmonizations and concluding with the incorporation of modern jazz harmony. The harmonic vocabulary of Bulgarian music is based on a complex amalgam of Middle Eastern makams (modes), microtonal structures, pentatonic scales, diatonic modes, mode mixtures, and major and minor collections. A master of multiple instruments, Kalin has performed extensively in Bulgaria and Western Europe. In 2003 and 2005, he toured the United Stated with Ivo Papazov, recipient of the 2005 BBC audience award in the "world music" category.