Jeff Yunek’s research interests include the late music of Alexander Scriabin, 20th-century Russian harmony, film music, and popular music mashups. His work on Scriabin and other 20th-century composers has been presented at regional and international conferences, and his research on Scriabin’s late harmonic practice is published in Music Analysis. As a result, Jeff was invited to study Scriabin's late manuscripts and compositional notebooks at the Glinka Museum in Moscow in 2017. 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, and local arrangements chair, as well as on the program committees for the LSU colloquium and the joint MTSE-SCSMT conference in 2016.
At KSU, he teaches freshmen and sophomore music theory and aural skills courses, 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 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.