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 Piper Professor award and the Gertrude Golladay Outstanding 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, Music Analysis Theory and Practice, Integral, Opera Quarterly, Wagner, 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, and 2017. His most recent publications and presentations have dealt with Sonata forms in Classical operas by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.  He presented a paper entitled “Don Juan and his ladies: Aria-Sonata Types in Mozart’s Don Giovanni,” and is contributing a chapter to an edited volume entitled Mozart’s Operas: Intrinsic Challenges, External Stakes, to be published by Leuven Press. His article “Diverging Subordinate Themes and Internal Transitions: The Three-Key Exposition Revisited,” will appear in the British journal Music Analysis in 2019.

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.