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Dr. Stanley Ralph Fink

Dr. Stanley Ralph FinkVisiting Assistant Professor
of Music Theory
Office Location: FAC 428
At Drake University, Stanley Ralph Fink is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory. Previously, he was a lecturer at James Madison University. Fink holds a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Florida State University, where he was a Legacy Fellow. He also has an M.M. in music theory from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Fink’s research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century opera, post-tonal analysis, popular music, and minimalism. His chapter on an innovative approach to form in pop songs written and/or produced by Max Martin was published in Musical Waves: West Coast Perspectives of Pitch, Narrative, and Form in 2020.

Fink has presented his research at both national and regional conferences, including the Society for American Music, the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, Music Theory Midwest, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, and the South Central Society for Music Theory. From 2017–2020, Fink served as co-chair for the Music Theory Forum at Florida State University. In the Fall of 2020, Fink joined the Society for Music Theory’s Development Committee.

An active pianist, Fink has served as répétiteur for the Princeton Festival’s opera productions since 2011. He studied with Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Shigeo Neriki, and Robert Durso.

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