Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Music


School of Music

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen Lias

Second Advisor

Mr. James Adams

Third Advisor

Dr. Samantha Inman

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Courtney Carney


Music makers have always borrowed one another’s influences, across philosophies, across culture, and thus, across genres. Since the 1950’s, a time when classical music was at its farthest reach from popular music, the rift between these two “worlds” has shrunk, and music crafters from each category are free to take from the other as they please. As a figure who stands between the cultivated and vernacular traditions, my aim for this thesis is to give an introduction to some of the ways genre hybridization has been achieved since 1950, present a collection of my own compositions (along with recordings) that blend popular and classic styles, and give an analysis of how these compositions attain the mixture of styles. This thesis adds to the body of repertoire of crossbred works, and models example methods to genre hybridization.

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