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Dissertation Defenses

A dissertation is a book-length presentation of original research (for students enrolled in the PhD programs in Ethnomusicology or Music History and Theory) or substantial original creative work (for students enrolled in the PhD in Composition). The final step of our PhD program, and the culmination of a student’s doctoral studies, is a public “defense,” in which the PhD candidate defends the dissertation in front of a committee of experts and outside observers. After a brief overview of the project, the PhD candidate answers questions about their research methodology and the outcomes and conclusions of their work.

To request viewing access to a graduate defense, please email music@stonybrook.edu at least 24 hours in advance.  


Joey Bohigian, Composition
Composition: "The Water Has Found its Crack"

November 17, 2020, 5:20 PM

Howie Kenty, Composition
A Set of Musical Works on Contemporary Immigration: "What We're
Missing" and "It Wasn't Something That We Could Control"

December 1, 2020, 4:00 PM

Jon Fessenden, Music History and Theory
"Autistic Musicality: History, Theory, and Two Case Studies"

December 4, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm EST

Elad De Lowe Shniderman, Composition
"Sync Variations for 16 Isolated Electric Violin Players and a Programmed Network System"

December 4, 2020, 3:00 pm EST

Oksana Nesterenko, Music History and Theory
"A Forbidden Fruit? Religion, Spirituality and Music in the USSR before its Fall (1964 -1991)

December 18, 2020, 1:30-3:30 pm EST