Dr. Rachel Short is assistant professor of music theory at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Her research specialties are choreomusical analysis, rhythm and meter, American musical theatre and theory pedagogy. Her interdisciplinary dissertation is an integrated reading of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’s ballet “Fancy Free” that investigates the relationship between complementary aspects of the musical score and the original choreography. An active scholar, Dr. Short has presented papers at various conferences including the national meeting of the Society for Music Theory Conference in St. Louis, and Music Theory Midwest—where her work received honorable mention for the Arthur J. Komar Award. She is currently co-authoring a chapter for the edited collection “New Perspectives in Music and Dance.”
Committed to teaching and mentoring, Dr. Short completed the Certificate in College and University Teaching at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and earned a Certificate from the Summer Teaching Institute for Associates (STIA). She provided mentorship and support for graduate student teachers as Peer Facilitator in Arts & Humanities for STIA, and oversaw and mentored teaching assistants at Arizona State University. Her teaching goals center on developing students’ analytical abilities to appreciate and describe the music they perform and enjoy.
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University; M.A., Queens College; Ph.D., University of California
Dr. Short has been active as a musical director and performer in theatrical productions, as a solo singer and as a member of various choirs. She has performed onstage at regional theatres and in national tours, including a tour of Camelot starring Robert Goulet. Favorite performance arenas include Lamb’s Players Theatre, the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre Sea World, and the Empire State Building as a singer, dancer, pianist and actress. Her current favorite musical activity is singing with her family in their living room.