Jeff Yunek’s research interests include the late music of Alexander Scriabin, 20th-century Russian harmony, film music, and popular music mashups. His work has been presented at regional, national, and international music theory and musicology conferences. In 2017, Jeff was invited to study Scriabin's late manuscripts and compositional notebooks at the Glinka Museum in Moscow and the resulting research is published in Music Analysis. Earlier in his career, he received the MTSMA Dorthy Payne Award for Best Student Paper.
From 2012–2016, Jeff served two terms as President of the South Central Society for Music Theory. He has also served as Vice President, Secretary, program chair, and local arrangements chair, as well as serving on the program committees for the LSU colloquium and the joint MTSE-SCSMT conference in 2016.
Jeff teaches freshmen and sophomore music theory and aural skills courses, Form, Introduction to Russian Music Theory, and leads the KSU Music Forum, a bimonthly meeting for students to engage in contemporary music theory and musicological readings. Previous groups have focused on film music, video game music, and rock music. Jeff has made many changes to the music theory and aural skills curriculum by incorperating flipped pedagogy, high-impact practices, and multi-tier compositional projects. Most significantly, Jeff won a $10,800 grant in 2018 to create a free, online music dictation textbook with his colleague, Benjamin Wadsworth.
Jeff earned his PhD in Music Theory from Louisiana State University, where he focused on uniting Scriabin’s philosophical beliefs with his late harmonic practice. Prior to LSU, he received his M.M. in Music Theory at Florida State University and his BA in Music Education at Concordia College – Moorhead, MN. Throughout his training, Jeff has remained an active choral conductor and has served as choir director at multiple churches.