Music Theorist in Residence (MTiR)

Every year we invite an internationally recognized music theorist to reside at the Orpheus Institute and give lectures and workshops to students of the Music Departments in Belgium and the Netherlands during a two-day seminar. Prior guest professors include Robert Gjerdingen, William Rothstein, Lawrence Zbikowsky, Kofi Agawu, Markus Jans and Alexander Rehding.

The Orpheus Institute organises this event in collaboration with the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, the University and the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the KU Leuven.

MTiR 2014: Harald Krebs

Music Theorist in Residence 2014

24 April 2014

Harald Krebs (University of Victoria, Canada) has been invited as Music Theorist in Residence. The topic of his lectures at Orpheus Institute and Leuven University is 'Analyzing the Romantic Lied'.

MTiR 2013: Alexander Rehding

Music Theorist in Residence 2013

21 March 2013

Day 1 (Orpheus Institute, Ghent)

Alexander Rehding (Harvard University) investigates the history of the siren: the “modern” siren, the noise maker, originally invented by the French engineer Charles Caignard de la Tour in 1819, not its alluring cousin from antiquity—though, there are evocative connections between them.

MTiR 2012: Markus Jans

Music Theorist in Residence 2012

25 April 2012

Markus Jans (retired professor at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, Switzerland) has been invited as Music Theorist in Residence. The topic of his lectures at Orpheus Institute and Leuven University is 'Improvisation as the Historic Tool to Learn How to Think in Tones or Notes'.

MTiR 2011: Lawrence Zbikowsky

Music Theorist in Residence 2011

7 April 2011

In 2011 Professor Lawrence Zbikowsky (Associate Professor of Music, University of Chicago, U.S.A.) resides at the Orpheus Institute and Leuven University.

MTiR 2010: William Rothstein

Music Theorist in Residence 2010

21 - 22 April 2010

Professor William Rothstein (Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York) will be residing at the Orpheus Institute and Leuven University from April 21 until April 23, 2010.

MTiR 2009: Kofi Agawu

Music Theorist in Residence 2009

11 - 12 - 13 May 2009

Kofi Agawu is professor of music and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University. He gives 3 workshops, spread over 3 days:

  • The analysis of West African Rhythm 
  • Topical Analysis 
  • Paradigmatic analysis 

MTiR 2008: Robert Gjerdingen

Music Theorist in Residence 2008

28 - 29 - 30 April 2008

Professor Robert Gjerdingen (Northwestern University, Evanston) is invited as Music Theorist in Residence 2008. This American music theorist specialises in research centred on the composition process in general, and the training curriculum of composition students in 18th-century Naples in particular. The topic of his lectures is 'Schema Theory Applied: Music in the Galant Style'.