Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Theory
Office Address: 210 Scheide
Paul Sherrillis a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory. He holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University (2009) and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from Indiana University (2016). His dissertation, titled “The Metastasian Da Capo Aria: Moral Philosophy, Characteristic Actions, and Dialogic Form” and advised by Roman Ivanovitch, studies the music of the mostly forgotten generation of composers who flourished between J.S. Bach and Joseph Haydn, particularly G.B. Pergolesi, J.A. Hasse, and Baldassare Galuppi. It explores how the da capo aria translates Descartes’ moral philosophy into a musical and theatrical form, giving life to musical conventions that defined the music of the Classical era.
Paul’s research focuses on Italian opera from the eighteenth century (primarily mid-century opera seria and Mozart’s Italian operas), and on the relationships between form, genre, and usage in the creation of musical meaning. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Music Theory and Theory and Practice; and he has presented work at Music Theory Midwest, the European Music Analysis Conference, and the Society for Music Theory. Before coming to Wooster he was a Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University.