School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Antares (Tara) Boyle is a PhD candidate in music theory at the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation, which was awarded the Society for Music Theory’s SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship in 2018, focuses on repetition, segmentation, and form in music of the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has presented portions of this research in two conference papers at the annual Society for Music Theory conference: “‘Conoscere e riconoscere’: Fragmentation, Repetition, and Formal Process in Sciarrino’s Instrumental Music” (2016) and “Object/Process: Functions of Repetition in Birtwistle’s Recent Music” (2017). Tara’s other research interests include theorizing musical meter, ostinato, and groove; the interactions between performance and analysis; and minimalist and process composition and improvisation. She has given papers on these topics, and on music by Ann Southam, Franco Donatoni, and Luciano Berio, at a variety of regional theory conferences. Before beginning her PhD in music theory in 2012, she earned a Master’s degree in flute performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, won prizes in the International Sydney Flute Festival Competition and the Gisborne International Music Competition, and spent several years working as a freelance flutist in Los Angeles. Tara enjoys performing new music, especially as part of a duo with her husband, pianist Rory Cowal.