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Kristen Wallentinsen

Kristen Wallentinsen

Senior Instructor of Music Theory

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

Frasier 118

Professional/Academic Experience

Kristen Wallentinsen comes to Greeley from London Ontario, Canada, where she is in the final stages of her Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on mathematical representations of melodic contour in music, and she is currently working to apply her contour methodology toward the study of familial relationships within a wide variety of repertoires. She has presented her research at conferences in New York, Ottawa, Wisconsin, Colorado, Utah, Iowa, and New Mexico. She is the inaugural recipient of the Society for Music Theory’s SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship, for her dissertation entitled “Fuzzy Family Ties: Measuring Familial Similarity between Contours of Different Cardinalities.” In 2017, she received Music Theory Midwest’s Arthur J. Komar award for best student presentation for her paper titled “Plainchant and Unicorns: What Fuzzy Set Theory Can Say about Musical Ontology.” In 2015, she received the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory Best Student Paper Award for her paper “Fuzzy Family Ties: An Examination of Familial Similarity between Contours of Variable Cardinality”, and she has twice received one of eight international Ontario Graduate Scholarships ($15,000), in 2015 and 2016. Some of her other research interests include the music of Brahms, music cognition, minimalism, music theory pedagogy, transformational theory, and the analysis of early music.

In addition to her research, Kristen is passionate about teaching music theory. She actively encourages her students to make connections between the theoretical concepts learned in the theory classroom and the music they perform. She has attended numerous music theory pedagogy workshops, and has published a report on the 2013 Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.

Kristen has earned Master’s degrees in music theory and violin performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013), and a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of Arizona (2010). She is also an active musician, most recently in the London Ontario community. She has performed with the London Community Orchestra, and various musical theatre companies throughout the southern Ontario area.