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Vivian Luong

Dr. Vivian Luong

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Office: Catlett Music Center 127 I

Vivian Luong is a music theorist interested in the ethics of music analysis, feminist and queer theory, Schenkerian analysis, and affective autoethnography. Her dissertation, “Analysis as Ethics: Experiments with Music Loving,” explores the caring practices and harmful effects of analysis through the perspectives of feminist music theory and new materialisms. Interested in building disciplinary coalition otherwise, her more recent work reconsiders key music theoretical concepts, such as bodies, love, and musical agency, in dialogue with Black, Indigenous, and other minoritized perspectives.

Vivian’s work on analytical ethics has been published in Music Theory Online and will be featured in a forthcoming collection on queer music theory with Oxford University Press. She has presented her research at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Canadian University Music Society, Feminist Theory and Music, Project Spectrum, the Society for Music Theory, and a number of regional music theory societies. She currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on LGBTQ+ Issues in the Society for Music Theory and the Engaged Music Theory Working Group, which curates resources to help scholars and pedagogues connect music theory to broader cultural perspectives. Prior to teaching at OU, Vivian taught at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Michigan, where she received her PhD in music theory.

  • PhD (Music Theory) - University of Michigan
  • MA (Music Theory) - McGill University
  • BM (Piano Performance and Music Theory) - Wilfrid Laurier University