Dr. Abigail Shupe is an assistant professor of music theory in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University. Her primary research focuses on the history of music theory and the history of science in the French Enlightenment, focusing especially on aspects of French Newtonian thought in Jean-Philippe Rameau's theory of harmony. Her work on Rameau will be published in a forth-coming issue of Theoria and she has presented it at the annual conferences of Society for Music Theory and Music Theory Midwest.
In addition to her historical research, Shupe also analyzes the vocal music of George Crumb from the perspectives of eco-musicology and death studies. Her work on issues of death and the natural world in Crumb's song cycle River of Life will appear in the edited volume Singing Death, forthcoming from Ashgate in Fall 2016. Shupe has plans to expand this research into a monograph on death and the American landscape in Crumb's music. She has presented this work at conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Shupe received her PhD in Music Theory from the University of Western Ontario in 2015, and she holds an M.M. in Music Theory and a B.M. in Music Composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and their greyhound, BoBo, and she is an active member of the FAST Masters Swim Team in Fort Collins.
PhD in Music Theory