Emily Gertsch

Music Theory/Composition Area Chair
Music Theory/Composition

Emily Gertsch received her Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University.  Her current research centers on Schenkerian analysis and music and meaning, and her dissertation brings these interests together in an exploration of narrative in Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Piano Quartet. Dr. Gertsch has presented her research at national and regional conferences, including the Society for Music Theory, the Semiotic Society of America, Music Theory Southeast, and the Texas Society for Music Theory. She was awarded the Colvin Award for Outstanding Student Paper at the 2012 Texas Society for Music Theory 34th Annual Conference.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Dr. Gertsch served on the faculty at Furman University and as a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University and The Catholic University of America. She was honored with the Phi Mu Alpha Outstanding Teaching Award at Furman University and was nominated three times for teaching awards at Florida State. She also holds a M.M. in piano pedagogy from The Catholic University of America and a B.M. in piano performance and music theory from Furman University.

Dr. Gertsch teaches graduate courses in common-practice tonality and Schenkerian analysis, undergraduate second-year music theory, and supervises first- and second-year aural skills at UGA.