Owen Belcher

Owen Belcher
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

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117 Grant Hall


Owen Belcher is Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Prior to his appointment at UMKC, he served as Lecturer in Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He received his PhD in 2018 from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester.

His research interests include the analysis of J.S. Bach’s vocal music, transformational approaches to 19th- and 20th-century theories of harmony, public music theory, and the music of Caroline Shaw. His dissertation, “Analytical Studies of Selected Cantatas by J.S. Bach,” develops an interpretive framework for Bach’s cantatas drawing on literary theory. The project was supported by the University of Rochester’s Raymond N. Ball Dissertation Fellowship. He has presented his research at conferences including the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, The Music Theory Society of New York State, and internationally in Hannover, Germany, and Cambridge, U.K. He has publications on these topics in progress and under review.