Laura Emmery appointed as new faculty to the School of Music

May 15, 2015

The ASU School of Music is proud to announce the hire of Laura Emmery as the assistant professor of music theory, effective fall 2015. Emmery is currently visiting assistant professor of music theory at Emory University in Atlanta.

In her new position at ASU, Emmery will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, mentor students, collaborate to recruit students and develop curriculum at the graduate level, and produce high-level research and publications. Laura Emmery will be assistant professor of music theory in the ASU School of Music, effective fall 2015. Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Download Full Image

“Dr. Emmery is a rising scholar in 20th- and 21st-century music theory whose interdisciplinary approach to research draws on philosophy, literary criticism, critical theory and performance studies to derive thoughtful and novel conclusions,” says Heather Landes, director of the ASU School of Music. “Dr. Emmery’s presence at ASU will enhance the curricular offerings and research collaborations of our school.”

Emmery is pleased to have been selected for this position in the School of Music. “ASU was my first choice for several reasons: ASU School of Music is one of the top music programs in the country, so I will be able to form intellectually vibrant relationships with fellow faculty and talented students,” says Emmery. “Further, ASU is a home to world-renowned remarkable faculty; I am quite pleased and humbled to have the opportunity to become a part of this team. Also, ASU is a Research I category university, offering support for my research.”

Emmery’s research focuses on American Modernist composers, and her dissertation was on Elliott Carter’s evolution and process while composing his string quartets. She received the Paul Sacher Stiftung Scholarship and spent eight months in Basel, Switzerland, studying Carter’s original manuscripts.

She has also received numerous other fellowships and awards, including the UCSB Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, Albert and Elaine Borchard European Studies Fellowship and the Roger Chapman Award in Music Theory.

She has presented her work at myriad national and international conferences, including Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Society of New York State, West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, European Music Analysis Conference, Paul Sacher Stiftung Colloquium in Basel, Cardiff University conference on Sacher Perspectives, CSU Long Beach conference on Temporality: Issues of Change and Stasis in Music, SUNY Buffalo Music Lecture Series, UC Santa Barbara Musicology/Theory and Composition forums, and at Chestnut Hill College. Prior teaching experience includes as an associate instructor of record at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Emmery received rigorous music training from a young age, and completed conservatory training in piano performance. She was a featured soloist with the El Camino College Symphony and a selected participant in master classes with André Watts and Santiago Rodriguez, and has performed with numerous chamber groups and ensembles.

Emmery grew up surrounded by music, thanks to family members who had attended the Paris Conservatory. “Where my story departs from the usual is that having had music theory since I was seven, counterpoint since age 11 and Schenkerian analysis since age 16, I knew, without doubt, even as a young child, that I wanted to study music theory,” says Emmery. “While I always enjoyed performing and participating in piano competitions, I equally enjoyed taking part in regional and national solfège and music theory competitions.”

Emmery has a PhD in Music Theory from University of California, Santa Barbara; a Master of Music in Theoretical Studies from New England Conservatory; and a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Piano Performance from California State University Northridge.

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ASU grad finds strength in 'ordinary magic'

May 15, 2015

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“Ordinary magic” – it’s an idea that ASU New College 2015 graduate Cori Hartt is passionate about. Cori Hartt at New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences convocation Download Full Image

University of Minnesota professor Ann Masten’s concept of “ordinary magic” holds that resilience is an ordinary trait, not one reserved for a select few. 

Hartt’s entire life – including her time at ASU – has been a sustained performance of ordinary magic. 

Graduating with a 3.9 GPA and earning her bachelor’s in communication from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Hartt – also a student in Barrett, The Honors College – has battled through several health hardships in her life to become the graduate she is today.

Hartt called her professors from New College as “guiding lights” during this journey, saying, “I was able to build strong relationships with my professors … my teachers have also been mentors to me. I’ve been fortunate to be able to go to them for advice during my time at ASU.”

Even while working full-time and going to school full-time, Hartt still found time to shadow a psychologist at a local school that focused on students with learning disabilities and behavioral problems, an experience that has helped mold her future aspirations. 

“I really loved being an advocate for those young students. I loved giving them the extra attention they need. To be an additional resource for them and act as an advocate is something I’m really passionate about,” Hartt said.

Experiences like these are what help drive Hartt to her next venture in life, pursuing a graduate degree from ASU’s New College in psychology. She is studying for the GRE and plans to begin graduate school within the next year. Ultimately, she would like to earn her doctorate. 

Though the road will not be easy, Hartt is empowered by ordinary magic, using it as fuel to help achieve her dreams.

“Life is going to be hard, and we’re going to need to be strong, but we have the ability to be resilient in an everyday kind of way,” she said.

Written by Dave Hunt