Conservatory Welcomes Noel Torres-Rivera to Music Theory Faculty

The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to welcome Dr. Noel Torres-Rivera as Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Fall 2021. Dr. Torres-Rivera received his Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Graduate Center, CUNY, an MM in Music Theory from Temple University, and a BA in Violin Performance from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. His research centers on the study of Latin American music and histories, particularly of the 20th century, and the work of Puerto Rican composer, Rafael Aponte-Ledée. Other research interests include music and meaning (semiotics, topic theory), intertextuality, historiography, music and politics, modernism, experimentalism, and the avant-garde. He has presented his research at national and international conferences, and before his appointment taught music theory courses at City College of New York, the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, and New Jersey City University. Dr. Torres-Rivera will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in music theory at UMKC.