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Ciro Scotto

Associate Professor of Music Theory

(740) 566-6437
scotto@ohio.edu

Ciro Scotto

Associate Professor of Music Theory

Ciro Scotto’s research in music theory includes creating compositional systems, producing analyses and theoretical models of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, mathematics and music, and rock music, especially in the area of timbre. Recently his research interests have expanded to include the relationship between disability and music theory. His latest work, “The Structural Role of Distortion and Hard Rock,” will appear in Music Theory Spectrum in the spring of 2016. He recently published a large article title “Reexamining Pcset Multiplication, Complex Multiplication, and Transpositional Combination to Determine Their Formal and Functional Equivalence” in Perspectives of New Music.  He has published articles in Contemporary Composers, Perspectives of New Music, Music Theory Online, and the Journal of Music Theory, and has delivered conferences papers at SMT, EuroMac, POPMAC, SMA, IMS, AMS, and the American Mathematical Society conferences. He selected twice to attend the Mannes Institute for Advanced Study in Music Theory (2003-Transformation and 2007-Schoenberg and His Legacy). Besides being an editorial board member of Perspectives of New Music, he is a member of the Society for Music Theory, MTSNYS, and the College Music Society. Besides his theoretical work, he is an active composer and conductor. Ravello Records and the McCormick Percussion Group recently released a CD of his works Between Rock and a Hard Place (for electric guitar and percussion ensemble) and Between Rock and a Hard Place-Unplugged (for classical guitar and percussion ensemble).  Several Faculty Artist Concerts at the Eastman School of Music have featured his compositions. Other ensembles that have performed his compositions include the New Music Ensemble (UT Austin), Fear No Music, Rainier Chamber Winds, and the Puget Sound Flute Quartet. He was also Composer in Residence at Allegheny College. His conducting activities include directing the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, organizing a University of California-Santa Barbara New Music Festival, and leading a group for the University of Washington Contemporary Group. He earned his BA and MA from the University of California, Davis (1983/1986), and he earned his DMA from the University of Washington (1995). Additional studies include composition and conducting at the Schweitzer Training Institute, composition with Milton Babbitt and conducting with Gunther Schuller. His prior teaching positions include the University of South Florida (2009-2015), the Eastman School of Music (1997-2009), University of Texas-Austin (1995-97), University of California-Santa Barbara (1991-92), and the Cornish College of the Arts (1990-91).