Michael Bruschi is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in music theory. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 2015, where he received an AB in music and was awarded the music department’s annual Edward T. Cone Memorial Prize for excellence in music theory and composition. His forthcoming dissertation, advised by Ian Quinn, is entitled “Hearing the Tonality in Microtonality,” and it explores how Easley Blackwood’s microtonal music challenges traditional conceptions and theories of tonality. Michael’s writing has been published in the Journal of Music Theory, and he has presented his work at conferences at the University of Connecticut and The Graduate Center, CUNY. Other research interests include rhythm and meter, popular music, the future of music theory pedagogy, enculturation and cognitive bias, aesthetics and ideologies of the 19th-century European symphony, American free jazz since 1959, and the harmonic language of Steely Dan.
In addition to these musical pursuits, Michael also works as a Writing Partner at Yale’s Writing Center and does color commentary on WYBCx for Yale’s women’s basketball and men’s baseball teams. He is fond of espresso, venison wellington, and Philadelphia sports, among other things.