April 14, 2010
Oklahoma Baptist University student Abigail Chaplin will present her senior thesis Thursday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the event.
The title of the thesis is "Reinventing the Revolution: Romanticism and the Dissolution of Tonality." She will be discussing the effects of the major 19th century piano composers (Chopin, Liszt and Brahms) on the decline of tonality which is fully manifested in the 12-tone system developed by Schoenberg in the 1920s.
A musical art major from Noble, Okla., and Chaplin is the daughter of Jim and Barbara Chaplin. During her time at Bison Hill, she has been included in the President's Honor Roll and is a University Scholar.
At OBU she is involved in honor fraternities such as Sigma Alpha Iota, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Eta Sigma. She is a part of the University Choral Consort Rubrica, a group dedicated to performing music composed before 1700.
Chaplin is from the studio of Dr. Carol Bell, OBU associate professor of piano. Following graduation, Chaplin plans to attend graduate school for musicology.