Rachel Short



PhD Theory, Summer 2016; 
Certificate in College and University Teaching, Summer 2016


Rachel Short is a Ph.D candidate in Music Theory. Her dissertation, “Metrical Feet: Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ Ballet Fancy Free,” is an interdisciplinary project that integrates dance analysis with rhythmic and metric analysis. This October she presented a paper at the national meeting of the Society for Music Theory Conference in St. Louis, and she also presented at Music Theory Midwest, where her work received honorable mention for the Arthur J. Komar Award.

She graduated summa cum laude from Point Loma Nazarene University where she studied music theory/composition and accounting. In 2010 she received a M.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, in Music Theory. Her Masters thesis, under the guidance of Mark Anson-Cartwright, is entitled “Wort and Ton: Methods of German Lieder Analysis.”

At Queens, CUNY Rachel taught a course in keyboard/applied theory for undergraduate music majors. She has enjoyed her posts as teaching assistant for both Music Appreciation and Music Fundamentals at UCSB. She has also taught various private students and group lessons in music, accounting, voice, tap, acting, and SAT prep in New York City and San Diego. She was the Musical Director for shows in San Diego and New Jersey and composed music for the original musical “Gretel & Hansel,” which she also choreographed. She was commissioned to arrange music for Broadway stars during Bryant Park Holiday, and has orchestrated, arranged and transposed music for singers and small instrument combos.

Rachel has also been active as a performer: as a solo singer and as a member of various choirs, notably UCSB Gospel Choir, Queens College Vocal Ensemble, Central City Chorus & Glad Tidings Tabernacle Choir in New York City. She has been seen onstage at regional theatres and in national tours, including a tour of Camelot starring Robert Goulet. Favorite performance arenas include Lamb’s Players Theatre, the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre, Sea World, North Carolina Theatre, and the Empire State Building as a singer, dancer, actress, and pianist.

She has been granted various awards and scholarships, most notably the Carl Schachter Award for Theory at Queens College. When not studying, performing, or researching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter and son. She enjoys sharing her love of music with her children and her students.