Assistant Professor, Music Theory
Dr. Abigail Shupe is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory in the School of Music Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University. She joined CSU in Fall 2016 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on music theory.
Her primary research focuses on music as an aesthetic statement on war and death, especially in the music of George Crumb. Her work on death and the natural landscape in Crumb’s music has appeared in the edited volume Singing Death: Reflections on Music and Mortality (Routledge, 2017), and she has presented on Crumb, war, and death, at national conferences.
By contrast, her dissertation and previous research studied aspects of materialism and Enlightenment science in the historical music theory of J.-P. Rameau (1683-1764). Her work on Rameau has been published in Theoria and Indiana Theory Review. Additionally, she studies issues of diversity and inclusion in music theory pedagogy and pedagogical strategies for teaching theory in high school settings.
Dr. Shupe currently serves as chairperson of the Scholars for Social Responsibility Interest Group within the Society for Music Theory (SMT). Previously she has served as a representative on the SMT’s Committee for the Status of Women. She received a B.M. and M.M. from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario.