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Johanna Frymoyer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Musicology)

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Simon Center, M225A

  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2012
  • M.F.A., Princeton University, 2006
  • B.M., Vanderbilt University, 2004

Johanna Frymoyer is visiting assistant professor of musicology, specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, topic theory, musical meaning, analysis, and the historiography of Stravinsky.

She is currently preparing a book that explores applications of topic theory to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century repertory. Her doctoral research refined the definition, analytic applications, and interpretation of musical texture in early twentieth-century music. She has presented on dance, music and philosophy, and topics in Stravinsky and Schoenberg’s music at numerous national and international conferences. Forthcoming articles include “The Musical Topic in the Twentieth Century: A Case Study of Schoenberg’s Ironic Waltzes” in Music Theory Spectrum.

Frymoyer’s research is firmly rooted in the intersection of musicology and music theory, and her hermeneutic approach seeks to bridge cultural studies and works-centered analysis. She is interested in alternative approaches to music analysis that incorporate non-syntactic parameters such as texture. Her conference papers have been featured at both musicology and music theory venues. She earned her Ph.D. in musicology from Princeton University and also pursued graduate studies in music theory at Harvard University.

Her teaching interests include theories of expression, ballet history, gender and sexuality, and representations of Islam in western music. She held previous appointments at the University of Denver, Montclair State University, and Rider University.