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Nicholas Stoia

Title: Assistant Professor
Office Location: 105 Biddle Music Building, Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3300
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  • D.Phil. City University of New York, 2008

Research Interests

Nicholas Stoia holds a doctorate in music theory from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include both European tonal music and American vernacular music, and his work appears in journals including Music Theory Spectrum, Music Theory Online, and Music Analysis. He has taught at several colleges and universities, including the Mannes College of Music, City College of New York, and Duke University. Recent compositions include works for various chamber ensembles and choreographers, and sound installations and film scores for several museums.

Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • Music 461.001, Theor/prac tonal mus iii Synopsis
    Biddle 104, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • Music 461.01l, Theor/prac tonal mus iii Synopsis
    Biddle 104, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • Music 790s-1.02, Sem hst of mus (topics) Synopsis
    Biddle 069, W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

Recent Professional Work:

  • Stoia, N; Adams, K; Drakulich, K. "Rap Lyrics as Evidence: What Can Music Theory Tell Us?." Race and Justice  (January, 2017).  [abs]
  • Stoia, N. "Triple Counterpoint and Six-Four Chords in Bach's Sinfonia in F Minor." Music Analysis 34.3 (October, 2015): 305-334. [doi]
  • Stoia, N. "The Common Stock of Schemes in Early Blues and Country Music." Music Theory Spectrum 35.2 (October, 2013): 194-234. [doi]
  • Stoia, N. "Mode, Harmony, and Dissonance Treatment in American Folk and Popular Music, c. 1920-1945." Music Theory Online 16.3 (August, 2010).  [abs]

Curriculum Vitae

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