Charity LofthouseAssociate Professor of MusicChair, Music

Joined faculty in 2011

Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

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Contact Information

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts 314Phone (315) 781-3407

Scholarly Interest

Sonata Theory and Rotational Form
Dmitri Shostakovich
Women in music and feminist music theory
Schenkerian analysis
Film music
Post-tonal and popular music analysis

Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Music Theory
Music Theory and Aural Skills I, II, III, and IV
Music at the Movies
Women in Music
Feeling the Beat: Music and Metaphor
Form and Analysis
Origins of Music


“Play Music For Me: Clint Eastwood’s Film Scores,” in Tough Ain’t Enough: The Film Career of Clint Eastwood, ed. David Desser and Lester Friedman. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2017.

Mahlerian Quotations, Thematic Dramaturgy, and Sonata Form in the First Movement of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony.” Res Musica 7 (2015): 32-52.

“Dialogues and Dialects: Sonata Theory and Rotational Form in Selected Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich.” Theory and Practice 41 (2016): 113-40.


Society for Music Theory
Music Theory Midwest
Music Theory Society of New York State


Associate Professor of Music Charity Lofthouse received degrees in vocal performance and music theory from Oberlin Conservatory and a Ph.D. in music theory from the CUNY Graduate Center, where her dissertation focused on Sonata Theory and formal hybridity in Dmitri Shostakovich’s early multi-movement symphonies. Her publications include work on Shostakovich and on the film compositions of Clint Eastwood, and she has presented papers and lectures at Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest, Music Theory Society of New York State, Feminist Theories in Music, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Eastman School of Music, Louisiana State University, Mannes College of Music, and at international conferences in Austria, Estonia, and Russia. Before joining the faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Charity taught at Baruch and Hunter Colleges and at Oberlin Conservatory.

In addition to activities as a music theorist, Lofthouse continues to perform as a composer, singer, and keyboardist, most recently giving vocal recitals at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and performing as soloist at Union Temple Brooklyn, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and Trinity Wall Street, in New York City. 


Past Member, Committee on the Status of Women, Society for Music Theory

Member, Committee on Diversity, Society for Music Theory

President, Music Theory Society of New York State

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