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 issues of death and mortality in the music of George Crumb. Her work on aspects of death and the natural world in Crumb's song cycle River of Life appears in the edited volume Singing Death, published by Ashgate in Spring 2017. 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. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Scholars for Social Responsibility Interest Group in the Society for Music Theory. 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.
Ph.D. in Music Theory