Sam Reenan joins the faculty at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as Assistant Professor of Music Theory in Fall 2021. He has previously served as Lecturer in Music at Hamilton College and earned the Ph.D. in music theory at the Eastman School of Music. He holds the M.A. in music theory from Eastman and degrees in music theory and biological sciences from the University of Connecticut.


Dr. Reenan is a dedicated educator and was the recipient of Eastman’s 2017–18 TA Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He is co-author of two articles: a 2020 article on peer observation in Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and a 2016 article exploring seventh-chord voice-leading transformations in Music Theory Online. His dissertation focuses on issues of genre, large-scale form, and narrative in early modernist symphonic and chamber works by Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Arnold Schoenberg. He has presented spoken papers at international, national, and regional conferences on a range of topics including theoretical approaches to sonata form in Mahler’s late symphonies and Strauss’s tone poems; pitch, memory, and timbre in Henri Dutilleux’s music; T. W. Adorno’s analytical aesthetics; graduate instructor peer observation; and commercial jingles. His 2020 presentation at the Music Theory Southeast conference, titled “The ‘Rondo’ and the ‘Burleske’ in Mahler’s Rondo-Burleske,” was awarded the Irna Priore Prize for Graduate Student Research.

Dr. Reenan is a co-organizer of the Composers of Color Resource Project and a member-at-large on the Society for Music Theory’s Networking/IT Committee. He has been editorial assistant with Music Theory Online and is a past co-editor of Intégral, where he led the journal’s transition to an online, open-access format.

Other Publications

Reenan Samuel and Richard Bass. 2016. “Types and Applications of P3,0 Seventh-Chord Transformations in Late Nineteenth-Century Music.” Music Theory Online 22 (2).

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