Johanna Frymoyer

Music Assistant Professor

Johanna Frymoyer


Johanna Frymoyer is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Theory in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. She received her B.M. in violin and German studies from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from Princeton University.

Her research interests are firmly rooted in the intersection of musicology and music theory, and her hermeneutic approach seeks to bridge cultural studies and works-centered analysis, particularly through the lens of topic theory. She is interested in alternative approaches to music analysis that incorporate non-syntactic parameters such as texture. Frymoyer is currently preparing a book that explores applications of topic theory to late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century repertory with particular attention to Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Her doctoral research refined the definition, stylistic constraints, analytic applications, and interpretation of musical texture in early twentieth-century music. She has published in Music Theory Spectrum and has forthcoming articles in The Cambridge Stravinsky Encyclopedia and The Routledge Handbook of Music Signification. She begins a term on the editorial board of Music Theory Online in November 2018.

Prior to joining New York University, Frymoyer held appointments at Indiana University, the University of Denver, Montclair State University, and Rider University.