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Samuel Y. Ng
Title: Associate Professor of Music Theory
Office: 5231 Emery Hall
Samuel Ng, Associate Professor, is a music theorist specializing in tonal phrase rhythm, classical instrumental forms, metrical issues in Brahms’s music, Schenkerian studies, and the relationship between analysis and performance. At CCM, Dr. Ng regularly teaches courses on tonal theory, rhythm and meter, form and analysis, and a seminar on analysis and performance. His research and reviews have appeared in Music Theory Spectrum, Indiana Theory Review, Theory and Practice, Music Theory Online, Intégral, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review. His essay titled "On the Oddness of Brahms's Five-Measure Phrases" is published in Brahms and the Shaping of Time by the University of Rochester Press. He has also contributed program notes on Brahms’s Cello Sonata in E minor for Centaur records. His choral arrangement Turtle Dove is published by Shawnee Press. Ng has given papers at national and regional conferences, including Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Society of New York State, Music Theory Southeast, the Society of Music Perception and Cognition.
As a pianist, Ng has earned licentiates in piano performance from the Royal School of Music, London (LRSM), and from the Trinity College of Music, London (LTCL). As a choral director, Dr. Ng has held positions at St. Paul’s Co-educational College, Hong Kong, Rochester Chinese Christian Church, Rochester Chinese Choral Society, and Chinese Christian Church of Baton Rouge. He has taught music theory at the Eastman School of Music, Eastman Community Music School, Hochstein School of Music, and Louisiana State University.
Ng is the recipient of the Teacher Appreciation Award from Louisiana State University, the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award from the Music Theory Society of New York State, Alfred Mann Dissertation Award and Raymond Ball Dissertation fellowship from the University of Rochester, and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Eastman School of Music.
- BM, MA and PhD, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.
- (LRSM and LTCL in piano performance.).
- (2012). Phrase Rhythm as Musical Form in Classical Instrumental Music. Music Theory Spectrum, 34 (1), 51-77.
- (2011). Rotational Form as Metaphor: Fanny Hensel’s Tonal and Formal Logic Reconsidered. Indiana Theory Review, 29 (2), 31-70.
- (2009). Reinterpreting Metrical Reinterpretation. Integral (23), 121-161.
- (2006). The Hemiolic Cycle and Metric Dissonance in the First Movement of Brahms’s Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 99. Theory and Practice (31), 65-95.
- (2014). Recorded Performances as Text in the Music Theory Classroom. Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, 28, 87-119.
- (In Press). End-Accented Sentences: Towards a Theory of Phrase-Rhythmic Progressions. Music Theory Spectrum.
- Samuel Ng (2018). On the Oddness of Brahms's Five-Measure Phrases. Brahms and the Shaping of Time (pp.110-140). Rochester NY: University of Rochester Press.
- Program notes on Brahms’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, op. 38, and Zhan-bao Ho and Chen Kang’s “Butterfly Lovers” Violin Concerto. Compact disc featuring Yung-chiao Wei and Chao-I Chou (Centaur, CRC 2921, 2008)..
- Ryan McClelland (2011). (Rev. of Brahms and the Scherzo: Studies in Musical Narrative). Music Theory Online, 17 (3)..
- Peter Smith (2007). (Rev. of Expressive Forms in Brahms’s Instrumental Music: Structure and Meaning in His Werther Quartet). Music Theory Online, 13 (4)..
- Samuel Ng (2019). Nineteenth-Century Music Review (Rev. of Johannes Brahms, The Piano Trios Christian Tetzlaff vln, Tanja Tetzlaff vc, Lars Vogt pf Ondine 1271-2D, 2015). (pp.128-132)..
- Samuel Ng (2017). Johannes Brahms, The Piano Trios Christian Tetzlaff vln, Tanja Tetzlaff vc, Lars Vogt pf Ondine 1271-2D, 2015 . Nineteen-Century Music Review..
Presentations & Lectures
- (2011). On the Oddness of Brahms's Five-Measure Phrases Annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Minneapolis, MN.
- (2010). Rotational Form as Metaphor: Fanny Hensel’s Tonal and Formal Logic Revisited Joint meeting of the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society, Indianapolis, IN.
- (2009). Musical Meanings in Two Performances of Chopin’s Ballade in G minor, op. 23 Annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
- (2008). Rehabilitating Rhythm and Meter in Sonata Form: Integrating Phrase-rhythm Analysis and Sonata Theory Joint meeting of the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society, Nashville; and at the annual meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State, Ithaca NY.
- (11-2006). Reinterpreting Metrical Reinterpretation Joint meeting of the Society for Music Theory and the American Musicological Society, Los Angeles, CA.
- (2006). Five-measure Phrases in Brahms’s Rhapsody in E-flat Major, op. 119, no. 4: Their Necessity, Effect, and Consequences.
- (04-2005). The Hemiolic Cycle and Metric Dissonance in Brahms’s Cello Sonata in F Major, op. 99 Annual meeting of the Music Theory Society of New York State, New York, NY.
- (06-2003). Temporal Expectancy at the Level of Musical Phrases: A Study of Expectancy Strength in Four-measure and Non-four-measure Phrases Biennial meeting of the Society of Music Perception and Cognition, Las Vegas, NV.
- (11-2002). Guido’s Modi Vocum, Hermann’s Sedes Troporum, and the Early Notions of Affinities Annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Columbus, OH.
- (2019). Phrase Rhythm as Theological Meanings in Select Songs by Paul Baloche University of Toronto, Toronto.
Honors & Awards
- Teacher Appreciation Award, Louisiana State University School of Music, 2007.
- University Summer Research Stipend, Louisiana State University, 2006.
- Alfred mann Dissertation Award, University of Rochester, 2006.
- The Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award, Music Theory Society of New York State, 2005.
- Raymond N. Ball Dissertation Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2003 to 2004.
- Professional Development Committee Grant, Eastman School of Music, 2003.
- George MacNabb Memorial Scholarship, University of Rochester, 2002.
- Minority Travel Grant, Committee on Diversity, Society for Music Theory. Awarded in November 2002 and 2005.
- Sze Yi-Kwei Scholarship, Eastman School of Music, 2000 to 2004.
- The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Eastman School of Music, 2000.
- Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship, Hong Kong Government, 1999 to 2001.