Mitchell Ohriner

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Conservatory Academics
Division


Ruebush 204

540-665-4703



Faculty Member since 2011


I teach music theory to empower performers, educators, composers, and practitioners to develop and effectively communicate interpretations of the music they love.



Education

B.M., University of Colorado; M.M., Ph.D., Indiana University



Professional Highlights

  • Mitchell Ohriner's article "Grouping Hierarchy and Trajectories of Pacing in Performances of Chopins Mazurkas" has been published in Music Theory Online, a peer-reviewed publication of the Society for Music Theory.
  • Mitchell Ohriner recently completed doctoral studies in music theory at Indiana University and has served as a Lecturer in music theory at Washington University in Saint Louis. His primary scholarly interests lie at the intersection of performance, analysis, and cognition, topics he has explored in his dissertation , "Durational Contours and Enacted Meaning in Recorded Performances of the Music of Chopin." At regional, national, and international conferences he has presented work on these and other topics as diverse as the social contexts of Mozart piano concertos, rhythmic perception in Bartks music, and issues of agency in Schuberts piano sonatas. Collaboration and scholarly community building are at the center of his concerns, and while at Indiana he coauthored a study on the influence of timbre on melodic dictation outcomes and organized a two-day conference on performance and analysis that brought together performers, musicologists, and music theorists.
Personal Highlights

I stay musical by playing in the Moto Moto marimba band, singing with Winchester Musica Viva, and premiering songs as a singer/songwriter at venues around town.


Music Theory Online, Volume 18, no. 3
Full text and examples of Mitchell Ohriner's article "Grouping Hierarchy and Trajectories of Pacing in Performances of Chopins Mazurkas"

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Perf
Full text of Mitchell Ohriner's contribution to the proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science

ProQuest Dissertations
Full text of Mitchell Ohriner's dissertation. SU log-in required.