Dr. Peter Purin

Associate Professor of Music Theory
Office Location Raley Chapel, 131
Phone (Office) 405.585.4321
OBU Mailbox # 61276
Email peter.purin@okbu.edu


Dr. Peter Purin serves as Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Technology. He teaches courses in music theory, composition, and musical theatre. His research interests are broad, and include studies in Musical Theatre, Music Technology, 19th Century Music, Schenkerian Theory, and Public Music Theory. His current research focuses on Music Technology in Pedagogy, particularly using iPad Pros in the music classroom, and Public Music Theory, with focus on copyright issues in popular music. He has presented nationwide and internationally at conferences such as the Society for American Music, Rocky Mountain Society of Music Theory, Song Stage and Screen, and the College Music Society. Dr. Purin composes in a wide variety of genres, but is most prolific as a songwriter and musical theatre composer. OBU staged a workshop of his original musical theatre work with collaborator Zak Smith, titled Love by Design, which is in revisions for full production. An accomplished actor/singer, Dr. Purin recently gave a musical theatre showcase in collaboration with Dr. Michael Dean titled, “Fathers and Sons: An Evening of Musical Theatre.” Every other J-term, Dr. Purin has the privilege of leading a course on Broadway musicals to New York City. In his free time, he enjoys performing, movies, vacationing with his family, appearing as Darth Vader as a member of the 501st Legion, and taking part in pop culture conventions.


  • B.A. Music Theory and Composition, Vocal Performance; Minor in Theatre, Elmhurst College
  • M.A. Music Theory, The University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. Music Theory, The University of Kansas

Courses Taught

  • Music Theory I-IV
  • Post Tonal Theory and History (Team Taught)
  • Honors Theory I
  • Theory Lab I-IV
  • Aural Skills I-IV
  • Music Theory Seminar I-Schenkerian Analysis
  • Introduction to Music Synthesis
  • Counterpoint
  • Orchestration
  • Private Composition
  • Musical Theatre I
  • Musical Theatre History

Areas of Specialty

  • Music Technology
  • Musical Theatre
  • Songwriting
  • Electronic Music Composition

Selected Publications

Eight entries for The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, (November 2013): “Auberjonois, René,” “Crouse, Russel,” “LaChiusa, Michael John,” “Lindsay, Howard,” “Menken, Alan,” “Merrill, Bob,” “Schmidt, Harvey,” “Walker, Don.”

“A Waltz in Four?: The Manipulation of Accompaniment Schemata in the Identification of Stephen Sondheim’s Musical Style.” Principles of Music Composing Conference 2011: National Romanticism and Contemporary Music. (Spring 2012)           

“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, Vol. 19 (2010) “Review: The Sound of Broadway Music by Stephen Suskin,” Studies in Musical Theatre 3:2 (December 2009).

Selected Presentations

“’Blurred Lines’ of Originality: Using Music Analysis to Provide Expert Evidence in Determining Copyright Infringement in Musical Works.” Conference of the Society for
American Music, Boston, MA, March 2016

Are We ‘Back at the Start?’: Monotonal Excursions and Their Dramatic Impact in Four Songs of Stephen Sondheim,” Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, Flagstaff, AZ, April 2013.

“Musico-Dramatic Intensity Analyses as Formal Structure in the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim” Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable, Oklahoma City, OK, October 2012.

“Theoretical Approaches on Harmonic Density in Selected Choral Works of Eric WhitacreCollege Music Society Great Plains Conference, Kansas City, MO, April 2009.

Selected Compositions

Love by Design (2015), full-length musical theatre work, collaboration with librettist/lyricist Zak Smith. 1st Workshop completed January 2015, Oklahoma Baptist University.

“Friendship is a Journey” (2011). Duet for two sopranos. Commissioned by Susannah Keiner and Emily Blakenship. Performed at the University of Kansas September 2011.

College (2009), lyrics by Annalise Nawrocki. Collection of three cabaret songs “But Then I Saw You” (duet for male and female), “If I Could Only Sing” (male solo), and “It’s in the Stars” (female solo). Intended to be turned into a full-length musical. Performed in full at the University of Kansas May 2009, “If I Could Only Sing,” Oklahoma Baptist University September 2012.

O Child of Mary’s Tender Care (2008). Christmas Carol for SATB chorus and piano. Recorded by the University of Kansas Concert choir.

Please Be Keepin’ that Devil Away, Lord- Spiritual for SSAATTBB chorus. Recorded by Professional Kansas City octet Octarium.

Selected Performance

Faculty Musical Theatre Showcase, “Fathers and Sons: An Evening of Musical Theatre” 

South Pacific- Lt. Cable- Shawnee Little Theatre, OK

Marriage of Figaro- Don Basilio/Don Curzio- Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK,

The Wizard of Oz- Tinman- The Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission, KS

Forever Plaid- Sparky- Theatre’ 90, Syracuse, NY