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Michael A Vitalino

Michael A Vitalino

Title: Assistant Professor: Music Theory
Department: Crane School of Music
Phone: (315) 267-3478
E-mail: vitalima@potsdam.edu
Office: Schuette Hall A331

Michael Vitalino received a Ph.D. in Music Theory (2014) and M.M. in Choral Conducting (2013) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before moving to the West Coast, he received a B.A in Psychology and Music (2006) with a concentration in Conducting from SUNY Albany and a M.M. in Music Theory (2008) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Under the guidance of Lee Rothfarb, Pieter van den Toorn, and Derek Katz, his dissertation focused on the songs of Franz Liszt. Using a modified form of Schenkerian analysis, he identified underlying relationships between Liszt's revisions and established a new taxonomy for their classification. Recently, Michael presented his research at the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic Conference (2013) West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis (2011).

Over the years, Michael has studied theory with several outstanding scholars including Gary Karpinski, Brent Auerbach, and Aleksandra Vojcic. While working towards his degree at UMass Amherst, Michael has served as a TA for courses in counterpoint and theory under the mentorship of Richard Randall. At UCSB he has held positions as both TA and instructor of several music theory courses. Michael also had the pleasure of teaching at Scripps College in Claremont, CA.

A student of Michel Marc Gervais, Michael conducted the UCSB Women's Choir. His prior conducting experience, under the guidance of David Janower, includes directing the SUNY Albany Concert Band and University Chorale. He has also held a post as Orchestra Director for the Albany Academy in addition to numerous other engagements as a guest conductor.

As a performer, Michael has sung with several ensembles including the Adelfos Ensemble, All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, the UCSB Chamber Choir, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, Summerland Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Amherst, and the SUNY Albany Chorale. He has studied voice with Benjamin Brecher, Paul Sahuc, and Frances Pallozzi Wittmann. He also studied violin with Ann-Marie Schwartz.

Michael's research interests include Schenkerian Analysis, Music Cognition, Music-Theory Pedagogy, and the History of Music Theory. He is currently collaborating with UCSB faculty members Benjamin Brecher (tenor) and Robert Koenig (piano) to release a CD of previously unrecorded Liszt songs.