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Joshua Tanis

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory)


Joshua Tanis is visiting assistant professor of music in music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Tanis earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Florida State University, a joint M.A./M.M. in Music Theory and Collaborative Piano from the City University of New York–Hunter College, and a joint B.A./B.S. in Music and Biology from the State University of New York at Albany. 

His primary research focuses on Richard Strauss’s songs for voice and piano, which he investigates through the lens of form-function configurations, Schenkerian principles, and text-music interactions. His other research interests include music and disabilities studies, form in musical theater, and music-culture relationships. 

Tanis recently prepared the figured bass realizations for Sarah Eyerly’s project Songs of the Spirit: The Collective Hymnody of the Mohican Moravian Missions

Outside of music theory, he has served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach in New York City, where he has worked with singers from the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and elsewhere.