Associate Professor of Music Theory
Daphne Leong is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Chair of the Theory and Composition Department. Her research interests include rhythm, analysis and performance, and the music of Béla Bartók. Her publications appear in Journal of Music Theory, Intégral, Theory and Practice, Music Theory Online, Gamut, and Acta Musicologica, as well as in edited collections. Representative articles are “Humperdinck and Wagner: Metric Spaces, States, and Symmetries,” Journal of Music Theory (2007); Leong and McNutt, “Virtuosity in Babbitt’s Lonely Flute,” Music Theory Online (2005); and “Metric Conflict in the First Movement of Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,” Theory and Practice (1999), for which she received the Young Scholar Award of the Theory Society of New York State. She has presented papers and invited papers and lecture-recitals at numerous national and international venues.
Leong is also an active pianist and chamber musician, performing in recent years in the United States, Canada, England, Romania, and Hong Kong. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of current music; three recent concert programs are May Treacherous Marbles (written for her), Ravel Ma Mère l’Oye, Messiaen Visions de l’Amen (2008); Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds in Eb, Schoenberg Sechs kleine Klavierstücke Op.19, Mozart Quartet for Piano and Strings in Eb (2006); and the complete Chopin Études Op.25. Her principal teachers were David Burge, Douglas Humpherys, and Robert Harrison.
Leong serves on the Executive Board of the national Society for Music Theory, and was founding chair of the “Performance and Analysis” Interest Group of the SMT. She holds a Ph.D (music theory), M.A. (music theory), and M.Mus. (piano performance) from the Eastman School of Music.
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