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 and international conferences, and his research on Scriabin’s late harmonic practice is forthcoming in Music Analysis. From 2012 – 2016, Jeff served two terms as President of the South Central Society for Music Theory. At KSU, he teaches freshmen and sophomore music theory and aural skills courses and leads the KSU Music Forum, a bimonthly meeting for students to engage in contemporary music theory and musicological readings.
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 conducted for church choirs and musical theater productions.