College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Dr. Graham Hunt

Associate Chair, Professor, Music Theory and Composition Area Coordinator
Area: Music Theory and Composition

Phone: 817-272-2446
Office Location: FA 304
Degree(s): Ph.D. Duke University, M.M. Duke University, B.S. Amherst College
Mentis Profile:

Dr. Hunt (Ph.D., Musicology, Duke University, 2001) is currently Professor of Musicology/Music Theory, and the Area Coordinator of UTA’s Theory/Composition Area. He teaches undergraduate courses in Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Orchestration, Ear-Training, and Advanced Music Theory Seminars and graduate courses in Music History and Form. He has won the UTA President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010), and was nominated for the University of Texas Regents Board teaching Award in 2011.  He has also been nominated for the Gertrude Golladay Oustanding Teaching Award twice, and was promoted to Full Professor in Fall of 2015.

His research focuses on music of the 18th and 19th century, including Wagner, Schubert, and Brahms with approaches ranging from formal analysis, sonata theory, and compositional genesis to Schenkerian and Neo-Riemannian analysis. His publications include articles in Music Theory Spectrum, Theory and Practice, Integral, Opera Quarterly, Wagner, Methodology of Music Research, Journal of Schenkerian Studies and 19th-century Music Review.  He has presented papers at numerous conferences, including the national meeting of SMT (Society for Music Theory) in 2005, 2009, 2012, and 2015. He also collaborated with Matthew Santa, Professor of Music Theory at Texas Tech University, to present a paper on “Rounded Binary/Ternary” forms at the most recent meeting of the Texas Society for Music Theory in Spring 2016.  He will also give a presentation at the 2016 National meeting of the Society for Music Theory that examines “Three-Key Expositions” in Sonata-form pieces from the Classical and Romantic eras, written by composers including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky; the paper uses William Caplin’s groundbreaking “Formal-Function” approach in analyzing these works.   His most recent publication in Journal for Schenkerian Studies discusses Rondo-based forms in 18th- and 19th-century instrumental finales and the structural ramifications of abbreviated refrains; the project evolved from a long-standing debate with colleague Dr. Clifton Evans, Director of Orchestra and Strings at UT Arlington, largely discussed over burritos at lunch.   

Dr. Hunt has served on the editorial board for several peer-reviewed music theory journals, including Music Theory Spectrum and the Journal for Schenkerian Studies, and recently completed a term as President of the Texas Society of Music Theory (TSMT).

He is also an accomplished pianist and bassoonist, having performed as bassoonist in the UTA symphony orchestra (in works such as Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture) and as pianist in several concerts, including a program of Piano Quartets and complete performances of Schumann's "Dichterliebe" and Vaughn Williams' "Songs of Travel."   Most recently, he performed Mozart's 12th Piano Concerto (K. 414) with the FAFCO Orchestra in 2012.