Sam Reenan is a Lecturer in music at Hamilton College and a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the Eastman School of Music. He holds the M.A. in music theory from Eastman (2018) and the B.M. in music theory and the B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Connecticut (2014). A recipient of Eastman’s 2017–18 TA Prize for Excellence in Teaching, he has taught throughout the Eastman curriculum, most recently serving as supervisor for Sophomore Aural Musicianship. Sam is co-author of a 2016 article
exploring seventh-chord voice-leading transformations, published in Music Theory Online
. His dissertation focuses on issues of genre, large-scale form, and narrative in early modernist Germanic works described as “maximalist.” He has presented spoken papers on a range of topics including pitch structure in Henri Dutilleux’s Ainsi la Nuit
(Music Theory Society of New York State, Ninth European Music Analysis Conference, 2017), theoretical approaches to sonata form in Mahler’s late symphonies (Society for Music Theory, 2018, 2020), T. W. Adorno’s analytical aesthetics (Music Theory Midwest, 2019), graduate instructor peer observation (Pedagogy into Practice, 2019), and commercial jingles (Society for American Music, 2020). Sam has been editorial assistant with Music Theory Online
since 2016 and is a past co-editor of Intégral
, where he led the journal’s transition to an online, open-access format. Outside of music theory, he enjoys sampling local coffee roasters, running, biking, rock climbing, hiking in the Adirondacks, and attending operas at the Met.