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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 2023):

  • Music 461.01, Theor/prac tonal mus iii Synopsis
    Biddle 104, MW 01:25 PM-03:40 PM
  • Music 790s-1.01, Sem hst of mus (topics) Synopsis
    See instru, W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

Recent Professional Work:


  • Stoia, N. Sweet thing: The history and musical structure of a shared american vernacular form.  Oxford University Press, USA, January, 2021 (1-266 pp.). [doi]  [abs]
  • Stoia, N. "Blues Lyric Formulas in Early Country Music, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll." Music Theory Online 26.4 (December, 2020). [doi]  [abs]
  • Stoia, N. "The Tour-of-Keys Model and the Prolongational Structure in Sonata-Form Movements by Haydn and Mozart." Journal of Schenkerian Studies 12 (2019): 79-123.
  • 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 J.S. Bach’s Sinfonia in F Minor." Music Analysis 34.3 (October, 2015): 305-334. [doi]

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