Shaugn O'Donnell
Shaugn O'Donnell
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Shaugn O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Music Department Chair

The City College, CUNY
Music Department, SH72
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031


Academic Positions

The City College and Graduate Center, CUNY
Music Department Chair, The City College  (2014 – present)
Associate Professor of Music Theory  (2002 – present)
Director of Graduate Studies in Music, The City College  (2002 – 2008)

The University of Pennsylvania
Visiting Associate Professor of Music Theory  (2007)

Tulane University
Assistant Professor of Music Theory  (1998 – 2002)
Director of Computer Music  (1998 – 2002)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory  (1996 – 1998)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Visiting Lecturer of Music Theory  (1995 – 1996)

Queens College, CUNY
Adjunct Lecturer of Music Theory  (1989 – 1995)


Papers & Publications

“‘Silence in the Studio!’: Collage as Retransition in Pink Floyd's ‘Atom Heart Mother’.” In The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches, edited by Ciro Scotto, Kenneth Smith, and John Brackett. New York: Routledge, 2018.

“Psychedelic Masquerade: Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love.” Revisiting the Summer of Love, Rethinking the Counterculture. San Francisco, CA. July 29, 2017.

“There's Nothing Like A Grateful Dead Analysis.” “All Graceful Instruments,” The Grateful Dead in Context – An Interdisciplinary Symposium. New York, NY. June 23, 2017.

“Psychedelic Masquerade: Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love.” Summit of Creativity: A Celebration of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Ann Arbor, MI. June 1, 2017.

“The Road[s] (Not) Taken.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 16, 2017.

“Formal Design in a ‘Playing’ Palindrome.” “So Many Roads”: The World in the Grateful Dead. San Jose State University, CA. November 6, 2014.

“[Return of] Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon.” Institute for Popular Music Virtual Conference. University of Rochester, NY. May 27, 2014.

“Pink Floyd and the Academy.” Pink Floyd: Sight, Sound, and Structure Interdisciplinary Conference. Princeton University. April 12, 2014.

“A Preliminary Taxonomy of Garcia’s Solos.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 21, 2014.

“Pink Floyd’s Interstellar Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon.” Institute for Popular Music Lecture Series. University of Rochester, NY. September 18, 2013.

“Harmonic Relations in a 1973 Palindrome.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 9, 2012.

“The Big Bang and the Formation of ‘Space’.” Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. April 21, 2011.

“American Chaos: Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” In The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation, edited by Jim Tuedio and Stan Spector, 58–70. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2010.

“Uncle Charles’s Band: More on Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 14, 2008.

“American Chaos: Charles Ives and the Grateful Dead.” "Unbroken Chain": The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture, and Memory. Amherst, MA. November 17, 2007.

“Embracing Relational Abundance.” Music Theory Online 13.3 (2007).

“Bobby, Béla, and Borrowing in ‘Victim or the Crime’.” In All Graceful Instruments: The Contexts of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon, edited by Nicholas Meriwether, 38–51. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.

“Review of What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis by Ken Stephenson (Yale University Press, 2002).” Music Theory Spectrum 28.1 (2006): 132–140.

“If-Only Networks and Analytical Desire.” Dublin International Conference on Music Analysis. Dublin, Ireland. June 24, 2005.

“‘On the Path’: Tracing Tonal Coherence in Dark Side of the Moon.” In “Speak to Me”: The Legacy of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, edited by Russell Reising, 87–103. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2005.

“‘On the Path’: Tracing Tonal Coherence in Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.” Keynote, Intra-Disciplinary Approaches to Popular Music Studies. New York, NY. April 24, 2004.

“Sailing to the Sun: Revolver's Influence on Pink Floyd.” In “Every Sound There Is”: The Beatles' Revolver and the Transformation of Rock and Roll, edited by Russell Reising, 69–86. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing. 2002.

“The Band Next Door: The Beatles and Early Pink Floyd.” Beatles 2000. Jyväskylä, Finland. June 17, 2000.

“Klumpenhouwer Networks, Isography, and the Molecular Metaphor.” Intégral 12 (2000): 53–80.

“‘Mind Your Throats Please’: Collage as Retransition in Pink Floyd's ‘Atom Heart Mother Suite’.” Timbre and Technology in Rock and Rap, Society for Music Theory Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 11, 1999.

“K-Nets, Voice Leading, and Recursion.” Louisiana State University Music Theory Colloquium Series. Baton Rouge, LA. April 23, 1999.

“Bobby, Béla, and Igor: Musical Borrowings in ‘Victim or the Crime’.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 26, 1999.

“Space, Motion, and Other Musical Metaphors.” In Perspectives on the Grateful Dead: Critical Writings, edited by Robert G. Weiner, 127–135, 1999. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

“Space, Motion, and other Musical Metaphors.” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Lubbock, TX. January 29, 1998.

“Klumpenhouwer Networks, Isography, and the Molecular Metaphor.” University of Iowa Music Theory and Musicology Lecture Series. Iowa City, IA. April 17, 1998.

“Computer Technology in Making Music.” Technology-Enhanced Education at Tulane: Present and Future. New Orleans, LA. April 5, 1997.

“Transformational Voice Leading in Two Songs by Charles Ives.” Society for Music Theory Annual Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. November 3, 1996. Also presented at the Music Theory Midwest Annual Conference, Kalamazoo, MI. May 17, 1996.

“An Intuitive Approach to Klumpenhouwer Networks.” University of Wisconsin Musicology Colloquium Series. Madison, WI. March 22, 1996.

“Linear Ordering of the Chromatic Aggregate in Classical Symphonic Music,” co-authored with Henry Burnett. Music Theory Spectrum 18.1 (1996): 22–50.

“Cybermusic: Exploring the World of Music-Related Lists.” Musicology via Modem: Potentials and Pitfalls, Joint Meeting of the Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society and the Northeast Association for Computing in the Humanities. New York City, NY. September 23, 1994.

“Harmonic Progression and Voice Leading in the First of Stravinsky’s Movements for Piano and Orchestra.” Music Theory Society of New York State Annual Conference. Flushing, NY. October 10, 1993.


Other Professional Activities

  • Chair, “Musics in Dialogue.” Music Theory Society of New York State Annual Conference. New York, NY. April 14, 2018.

  • Chair, “Tangerine Trees.” Summit of Creativity: A Celebration of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Ann Arbor, MI. June 3, 2017.

  • Chair, “‘Some Folks Trust to Reason’: A Playing Panel.” “So Many Roads”: The World in the Grateful Dead, San Jose State University, CA. November 6, 2014.

  • Residency, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. April 15–17, 2014.

  • Chair, “Rock Formations.” Society for Music Theory Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC. October 31, 2013.

  • Panelist, “‘Listenin’ for the Secret’: A Guided Grateful Dead Listening Session.” Southwest/Texas Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 8, 2012.

  • Panelist, “‘If You Get Confused, Listen to the Music Play’: A Guided Grateful Dead Listening Session.” Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. April 23, 2011.

  • Chair, “‘If I Told You All That Went Down’: Dimensions and Directions in the Music of the Grateful Dead.” Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. April 22, 2011.

  • Chair, “Pop Music.” Music Theory Society of New York State Annual Conference, New York, NY. April 10, 2010.

  • Fellow, “Jazz Meets Pop,” The Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory, Rochester, NY. June 15–18, 2008.

  • Chair, “Twentieth-Century Topics.” Music Theory Society of New York State Annual Conference, Ithaca, NY. April 6, 2008.

  • Chair, “The Music Never Stopped.” Southwest/Texas American/Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 14, 2008.

  • Panelist, “Panel Discussion: ‘Take My Line’: Thoughts on Dead Symphony No. 6.” Southwest/Texas Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM. February 13, 2008.

  • Chair, “Networks and Transformations.” Society for Music Theory Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. November 2, 2006.

  • Organizer and co-moderator, “Negotiating Career and Family.” Committee on the Status of Women Special Session, Society for Music Theory Annual Conference, Boston, MA. November 10, 2005.

  • Chair, “Transformational Networks.” Dublin International Conference on Music Analysis, Dublin, Ireland. June 25, 2005.

  • Chair, “Harmonic Issues in Popular Music.” Society for Music Theory Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. November 11, 2004.

  • Fellow, “Transformation Theory,” The Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory, New York, NY. June 21–24, 2003.

  • Chair, “Sound it Out.” Skip a Beat: Rewriting the Story of Popular Music, Experience Music Project Annual Pop Music Studies Conference, Seattle, WA. April 11, 2003.

  • Chair, “Intertextuality and Improvisation in Popular Music.” Society for Music Theory Annual Conference, Columbus, OH. October 31, 2002.

  • Co-organizer, “Sketch and Style Studies in Popular Music: A Theorist's Perspective.” Popular Music Special Session, Society for Music Theory Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada. November 2, 2000.

  • Chair, “Mini-Conference on Progressive Rock: Genesis.” Cross(over) Relations: Scholarship, Popular Music, and the Canon, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. September 27, 1996.

  • Chair, “Berio.” Music Theory Society of New York State Annual Conference, Stony Brook, NY. April 13, 1996.