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Dr. Peter Purin

Assistant Professor of Music Theory


Peter Purin finds joy in using his musical gifts in a wide variety of ways. His primary focus is to teach students to use music theory practically and to challenge students' ways of thinking about music. As a researcher, he has given papers at conferences locally, regionally and nationally. His research interests include American Musical Theatre, 19th Century Music and Schenkerian Theory. In performance, he is an accomplished singer and actor, particularly enjoying participation in musical theatre works of all eras. He also loves to write music for a variety of instruments, but particularly for singers. In addition to these activities, he oversees music technology at OBU.


B.A., Elmhurst College
M.A., The University of Minnesota
Ph.D., The University of Kansas

Courses Taught

MUTC 1201 Fundamentals of Music

MUTC 1202 Introduction to Aural Skills

MUTC 1222 Theory II

MUTC 2232 Ear Training and Sight Singing II

Selected Publications

"Using Reality Television as a Casting Tool for Musical Theatre," Studies in Musical Theatre (Forthcoming)

"An Examination of Don Walker's Orchestration Style in The Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella, and the Music Man," American Music Research Center Journal (Forthcoming)

"Deformations of the Pachelbel Sequence and Traversing the Space-Time Continuum in the Finale of Bruckner's String Quintet in F major," Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable, Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory

"Theoretical Approaches on Harmonic Density in Selected Choral Works of Eric Whitacre," College Music Society Great Plains Conference

"An Analytical Approach to Performing Company: Sondheim's Musical Roadmap for the singer-actor." Song Stage and Screen, The Sagacious Stephen Sondheim Symposium