Dr. David Thurmaier Named Associate Professor of Music Theory at UMKC Conservatory


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Dr. David Thurmaier is the new Associate Professor of Music Theory. 

David has served on the faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Head of Academic Studies in Music and on the faculties of Lawrence University and the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Thurmaier holds the Ph.D. in Music Theory from Indiana University, where his dissertation focused on time and compositional process in the music of Charles Ives. He earned his MA In Music Theory Pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music and his BM in Music Composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In addition to Ives, his research interests include time and music, sketch study, and the pedagogy of twentieth-century music. He has presented papers at numerous conferences, including the Society for Music Theory, Society for American Music, College Music Society, and the International Conference on Music Since 1900. Recent publications include a book review on music of the solo Beatles in Music Theory Online, an essay on Ives and the horn appearing in Horn Call, and an essay entitled "'The Country We Carry in Our Hearts is Waiting': Bruce Springsteen, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the Search for Human Rights in America" in the collection Popular Music and Human Rights (Ashgate, 2011).  He is an active performer on horn and guitar and is also a diehard Beatlemaniac.

In April 2012, Dr. Thurmaier received the FGCU Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949