Completed Theses

Graduate students in the Don Wright Faculty of Music are actively engaged in research in all areas of music. Recent PhD dissertations and master's theses are listed below. Those theses submitted electronically (generally since 2011) are available through Western's Electronic Theses & Dissertation Repository while earlier theses are available through Western's libraries

DMA Monographs

Performance 

Olena Bratishko. (2018).The Art Songs of Kyrylo Stetsenko: Ukrainian Lyric Diction Guide. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan and Dr. John Hess.

Yolanda Tapia. (2018).The Political Power of Carlos Chávez and His Influence Upon Silvestre Revueltas and Blas Galindo. Supervised by Dr. Emily Ansari and Dr. John Hess.

Matthew Pauls. (2018). Toward A Pedagogical Guide To Argentine Art Song. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan and Dr. John Hess.

Renee MacKenzie. (2018). Rachmaninoff's Piano Works and Diasporic Identity 1890-1945: Compositional Revision and Discourse. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan.

Andrew Rethzi. (2018). Teaching Prospective Verdi Baritones: A Repertoire-Based Approach. Supervised by Dr. Todd Wieczorek and Dr. John Cuciurean.

Sarah Dardarian. (2018). The Significance of Aram Khachaturian and His Piano Concerto. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan and Dr. Leslie Kinton.

Stéphanie Gouin. (2017). Teleology in César Franck's Prélude, Choral et Fugue. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan.

PhD Dissertations

Music Education 

Nan Qi. (2015). In Search of Transformative Music Learning Experiences: Voices From The Margins In Northeastern Brazil. Supervised by Dr. Kari Veblen.

Jennifer Lang. (2015). A Cross-generational Examination of Learner Engagement and Agency in Non-traditional Music Education Programs. Supervised by Dr. Ruth Wright.

Jillian Bracken. (2015). Family Music Listening Legacies: A Case Study-based Investigation of the Intergenerational Transmission of Music Listenership Values in Five Families. Supervised by Dr. Ruth Wright.

Stephanie Horsley. (2014). A Comparative Analysis of Neoliberal Education Reform and Music Education in England and Ontario, Canada. Supervised by Dr. Paul Woodford.

Leslie Linton. (2014). Interpretive Reproduction and Informal Music Learning in the Grade One Classroom. Supervised by Dr. Ruth Wright.

Jakub Martinec. (2014). From Communism to Democracy: Choral Music Education in Czechoslovakia (1948-1992) and the Czech Republic (1993-2011) as Experienced by Four Prominent Czech Musicians. Supervised by Dr. Paul Woodford.

Laura Fitzpatrick. (2013). Factors Affecting Music Education in Ontario Secondary Schools: Teachers' Perspectives. Supervised by Dr. Ruth Wright.

Kerry Byers. (2012). Philosophical Inquiry of Music Therapy:Seeking Points of Unification. Supervised by Dr. Fiske.

Music Theory 

Katharine Walshaw. (2017). Felix Mendelssohn and Sonata Form in the Nineteenth Century. Supervised by Dr. John Cuciurean.

Kristen Wallentinsen. (2017). Fuzzy Family Ties: Familial Similarity Between Melodic Contours of Different Cardinalities. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan.

Emilie Marshall. (2016). Musical Forces in Claude Vivier’s Wo bist du Licht! and Trois airs pour un opéra imaginaire. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan.

Emily Adamowicz. (2015). A Study of Form and Structure in Pierre Boulez's Pli selon Pli. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan.

Michael Fitzpatrick. (2015). J. S. Bach's Modal Compositional Practice in the Chorale Preludes for Solo Organ: A Schenkerian Perspective. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan and Dr. Peter Franck.

Abigail Shupe. (2014). Aspects of Newtonianism in Rameau's Génération harmonique. Supervised by Dr. Kevin Mooney.

Peter Lea. (2014). Functional Transformations and Octatonality in Selected Works by George Crumb. Supervised by Dr. John Cuciurean.

Lindsay Murrell. (2013). Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006): Analytical Approach To The Pitch Content of Selected Compositions. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan.

Karen Ching. (2012). Narrativity in Postmodern Music: A Study of Selected Works of Alfred Schnittke. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan.

Makoto Mikawa. (2012). Anarchy in the Unity: Compositional and Aesthetic Tensions in Mauricio Kagel's Antithese für einen Darsteller mit elektronischen und öffentlichen Klängen (1962). Supervised by Dr. Kevin Mooney.

Joe Argentino. (2010). Transformation and Hexatonic Cycles in Schoenberg's Late Religious Works. Supervised by Dr. Catherine Nolan.

Musicology 

Matthew Shelvock. (2017). Audio Mastering as a Musical Competency. Supervised by Dr. Jay Hodgson.

John Pippen. (2014). Toward a Postmodern Avant-Garde: Labour, Virtuosity, and Aesthetics in an American New Music Ensemble. Supervised by Dr. Emily Abrams Ansari.

Anthony Cushing. (2013). Three Solitudes and a DJ: A Mashed-up Study of Counterpoint in a Digital Realm. Supervised by Dr. Norma Coates.

Kathryn Fenton. (2012). Frontiers, Borders, Boundaries: Cross-Cultural Encounters in the New York City Reception of La fanciulla del West. Supervised by Dr. Edmund Goehring.

Morgan Jones. (2011). The Other Sides of Billy Joel: Six Case Studies Revealing the Sociologist, the Balladeer, and the Historian. Supervised by Dr. James Grier.

Shannon Benson. (2010). The Twentieth-Century Operas of Robert Ward. Supervised by Dr. Don Neville.

Anita Hardeman. (2010). Representing Venus: Music, Drama, and Allegory in André Campra's and Antoine Danchet's Hésione. Supervised by Dr. Richard Semmens.

Composition 

Matthew Becker. (2018). ...and the songs of another... for Six Voices & Live Electronics. Supervised by Dr. Omar Daniel.

Wendell Glick. (2016). Requiem. Supervised by Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski.

Sean Kim. (2016). Namazu. Supervised by Dr. Paul Frehner.

Andrzej Tereszkowski. (2015). Heteroglossia: Novella For Orchestra. Supervised by Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski.

Matthew Tozer. (2014). Concerto Suite: For Viola da Gamba and String Soloists. Supervised by Dr. David Myska.

Kevin Morse. (2012). A Modest Proposal: A Chamber Opera in One Act. Supervised by Dr. David Myska.

Master's Theses

Our Master's degree programs are available as course-based or thesis-based streams. These publications represent recent work completed by students in the thesis stream of our master's programs.

MMus in Composition 

Kevin Gibson. (2018). Job: An Oratorio for Voices and Chamber Ensemble. Supervised by Dr. Omar Daniel.

André McEvenue. (2018). Capriccio for Mixed Ensemble and Piano. Supervised by Dr. David Myska.

Joshua Richardson. (2018). The Donnelly Opera. Supervised by Dr. Omar Daniel.

Eric Swiatoschik. (2018). The Old House. Supervised by Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski.

Willyn Whiting. (2018). Six Blake Songs. Supervised by Dr. Paul Frehner.

Colin McMahon. (2017). Antoinette, An Opera in One Act. Supervised by Dr. David Myska.

Jeffrey Lupker. (2016). Two Movements for Orchestra. Supervised by Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski. 

William Nicolaou. (2016). Ethos. Supervised by Dr. Omar Daniel.

Joseph Aaron Lee. (2015). Amor Fati. Supervised by Dr. David Myska.

Alondra Vega-Zaldivar. (2015). Sophie, A Music Drama for Solo Soprano and Chamber Orchestra. Supervised by Dr. Omar Daniel.

Brian Topp. (2014). Evolve. Supervised by Dr. Paul Frehner.

Carolann De Young. (2013). Green Glass for Orchestra. Supervised by Dr. Paul Frehner.

Michael Lukaszuk. (2013). Kontakt. Supervised by Dr. Omar Daniel.

Alice Hansen. (2012). Mythologies: Three Tableaux for Flute, Harp, Strings and Percussion. Supervised by Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski.

Patrick Arteaga. (2012). Garden Theatre. Supervised by Dr. Paul Frehner.

Jeffrey McClellan. (2012). Dawn: A Symphonic Sketch for Orchestra. Supervised by Dr. David Myska.

MMus in Literature and Performance 

Allison Luff. (2012). Charles Ives and Musical Borrowing. Supervised by Dr. Emily Abrams Ansari.

MMus in Music Education 

Laura Curtis. (2018). The Effects of Infertility on Female Vocalist Identity. Supervised by Dr. Ruth Wright.

Patrick Feely. (2017). The Effects of Video Recording on the Level of Expertise and Self-Regulated Learning Ability of Adults in a Beginner Classical Guitar Class. Supervised by Dr. Kevin Watson.

A list of recently published theses by our MA in Popular Music and Culture students is available at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies website.