BM in Theory
Owen Cummings (he/him/his) is a junior at the Eastman School of Music, earning a BM in cello performance, a BM in music theory, and a certificate of achievement in early music. His research interests include microtonality and its relation to intonation in tonal music, the progression of French harmonic language, Schenkerian analysis (particularly of post-tonal works), the history of the notation of musical time, the link between harmonic analysis and musicality in Baroque music, and the role of technology in the music theory classroom. As a cellist, he has both appeared as a soloist and been principal of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Ithaca Community Orchestra, and the Ithaca High School Chamber Orchestra. Owen has also frequently performed in various chamber music ensembles, having co-founded the Harlow String Quartet and performed at the Bowdoin and Mayfest International Chamber Music Festivals. He currently studies with David Ying, and previous teachers include Guy Johnston, John Haines-Eitzen, and Christine Lowe-Diemecke. Outside of cello, Owen has had compositions performed at the NYSSMA Young Composers Showcase and has sung in the ACDA Eastern Honors Choir and the NYSSMA All-State Choir. On the rare occasion when he is not creating or consuming music, Owen enjoys running, hiking, binging media content, and coffee with friends.