Steven Cahn

Steven Joel Cahn

Professor of Music Theory

Emery Hall

4225G

CCM Composition, Musicology & Theory - 0003

Professional Summary

Professor Steven J. Cahn, PhD, is a music theorist and pianist whose research and specialized teaching areas include: 
 

  • Schoenberg Studies/Twentieth-Century Music Theory
  • Neuroscience/Psychology of Music
  • Aesthetics, Hermeneutics & Theories of History
  • History of Music Theory
  • Musical Form in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Cultural Studies & Jewish Music Studies

His work appears in collections—Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg, Schoenberg and Words, Schoenberg: Interpretationen seiner Werke—and journals—Musical QuarterlyJournal of the Arnold Schoenberg Center, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Opera Quarterly, Ostinato rigore. His collaborative research has been published in Cognitive Neuropsychology (DOI: 10.1080/02643294.2011.646972) and the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.24.1.6).

Cahn has received support from the Avenir Foundation, the Tangeman Sacred Music Center, the Dean’s Travel Fund, the National Institutes of Health — Lab for Integrative and Medical Biophysics, the National Endowment for the Humanities (Summer Stipend) and the University Research Council, Faculty Research Support Grant. He has presented papers at international conferences including Jewishness and the Arts (Rome, 2015), Schoenberg at 140 (Canterbury, UK, 2014), Hebrew University 2013, Symposia of the Arnold Schoenberg Center (Vienna, 2001, 2002) and the Third International Conference on Jewish Music (SOAS, London 2000). In the U.S., he has presented papers at the Getty Center, the Library of Congress and the National Institutes of Health. He has also presented research at the annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Midwest and International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC8). 

 

Education

MA, NYU

BM, Oberlin College

MA and PhD, SUNY Stony Brook

Research and Practice Interests

Cahn is currently working on various articles: one concerns hermeneutics and the choral music of Salomon Jadassohn, another is about imaging musical performances as similarity matrices and a third explores aesthetic and ethical considerations involved with architecture for the presentation of music. 

Abbreviated Publications

Other Publication

Steven J. Cahn (2016). Arnold Schönberg: à l’avant-garde de la musique allemande, aux marges de la communauté juive, Museé d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme.

Steven J. Cahn (2012). Not a Love Story: On Contending with a Historiographic Stumbling Block, Journal of the American Musicological Society 65/2: 570-576.

Steven J. Cahn (2011). Impaired Perception of Harmonic Complexity in Congenital Amusia: A Case Study, Cognitive Neuropsychology 28/5: 305-321, in collaboration with C. L. Reed, et al.

Steven J. Cahn (2010). “Schoenberg, the Viennese-Jewish Experience and its Aftermath,” in The Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg (Cambridge, 2010), 191-206. 

Steven J. Cahn (2009). Review of Michael Cherlin, Schoenberg’s Musical Imagination (Cambridge, 2007) in Opera Quarterly 25 (2009): 133-144.

Steven J. Cahn (2002). “Kol Nidre” in Arnold Schoenberg: Interpretationen seiner Werke (Vienna: Laaber Verlag, 2002), 2:49-66.

Steven J. Cahn (2000). “The Artist as Modern Prophet: A Study of Historical Consciousness and Its Expression in Schoenberg’s Vorgefühl, Op. 22, No. 4,” in Schoenberg and Words (New York: Garland, 2000), 243-71.

Review

Steven J. Cahn (2016). Review Schoenberg and Redemption in Music and Letters (forthcoming)

Steven J. Cahn (2013). Review Jewry in Music: Entry to the Profession from Enlightenment to Richard Wagner in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 32/1.

Steven J. Cahn (2012). Review: Is There Jewish Content to Haydn’s Characters? H-Judaic (October 2012). 

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Steven J. Cahn (04-2016. )Imaging the Performance: On the Visual Representation of Music .VanderCook School of Music, (Chicago).

Steven J. Cahn (10-2015. )Imaging the Performance: Schoenberg's Compositions .Intl. Conference, Schoenberg at 140: Legacy and Reminiscence, Canterbury Christ Church University, (Canterbury, UK).

Steven J. Cahn (02-2013. )Imaging the Performance .Music Dept. Colloquium Series, Stony Brook University (New York).

Steven J. Cahn (07-2003. )Imaging the Perfrmance: Integrating Music Performance and Musical Structure .Laboratory of Integrative and Medical Health, National Institutes of Health, (Bethesda, MD).

Steven J. Cahn (10-1998. )The Artist as Modern Prophet .Robert P. and Therese Goldman Memorial Lecture, Hebrew Union College, (Cincinnati, OH).

Poster Presentations

Steven J. Cahn (11-2007. )Imaging the Performance: Analyzing Music With a Similarity Matrix .Society for Music Theory Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. .

Steven J. Cahn (08-2004. )Imaging the Performance .Intl. Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. .

Steven J. Cahn (08-2004. )On Music Specific Deficits: A Case Study of Congenital Amusia .Intl. Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. .

Lecture

Steven J. Cahn (10-2015. )Harmonic Practice in Salomon Jadassohn's Jewish Choral Music .Rome, Italy.

Steven J. Cahn (07-2013. )From the Birnbaum Collection: Mid-Nineteenth Century Choral Music of Salomon Jadassohn .Jerusalem, Israel.

Steven J. Cahn (11-2010. )Not a Love Story: On Contending with a Historiographic Stumbling Block .Indianapolis, IN.

Steven J. Cahn (10-2009. )On Schoenberg and Tragedy .Cincinnati, OH.

Steven J. Cahn (11-2004. )Arnold Schoenberg: Letters to American Jewry .Library of Congress (Washington, DC).

Steven J. Cahn (08-2003. )Mozart, Kant, Schoenberg: Clinging to the Enlightenment by Beethoven's Hair .Intl. Society for 18th-Century Studies. The Getty Center (Los Angeles, CA) .

Steven J. Cahn (06-2000. )Why Then? Why There? The Emancipation of German Jewry and Its Ideological Imprint on Music Theory .University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), (London).

Steven J. Cahn (05-1999. )Why Then? Why There? The Emancipation of German Jewry and Its Ideological Imprint on Music Theory .Butler University (Indianapolis, IN).

Steven J. Cahn (11-1996. )Schoenberg's Historicism in Historical Context .(Baltimore, MD).

Honors and Awards

2005 Tangeman Sacred Music Center Fund University of Cincinnati Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Grant

2007 Tangeman Sacred Music Center Fund University of Cincinnati Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Grant

2003 -2004 University Research Council Faculty Research Support Grant University of Cincinnati Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Grant

1998 -1999 Friends of CCM Faculty Projects Pool Award Friends of CCM Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Monetary

2000 -2001 Friends of CCM Faculty Projects Pool Award Friends of CCM Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Monetary

2001 -2002 Friends of CCM Faculty Projects Pool Award Friends of CCM Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Monetary

2002 NIH, Lab of Integrative and Medical Biophysics

2000 NEH Summer Stipend, Summer Seminar, Boston University National Endowment for the Humanities Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Grant

1989 -1990 SUNY Graduate Council Dissertation Fellowship State University of New York Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Fellowship

2013 Tangeman Sacred Music Center Fund University of Cincinnati Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Grant

2016 Tangeman Sacred Music Center Fund University of Cincinnati Status:Recipient Level:University Type:Grant

Professional Affiliation

2000 -To Present: Co-Director of CCM Thinking about Music Lecture Series, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music,

2004 -2008: Editorial Board, College Music Symposium,

2009 -To Present: concert:nova artistic director, Cincinnati, OH

2010: Visualizing Music, session chair, Society for Music Theory National Conference,, Indianapolis

2010 -2011: CCM Interim Director of Graduate Studies University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music,, Cincinnati, OH

2010 -To Present: University of Cincinnati Graduate Council, University of Cincinnati,, Cincinnati, OH

2011 -2013: Editorial Board, Music Theory Spectrum, A leading journal in the field and an official publication of the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum features articles on a wide range of topics in music theory and analysis, including aesthetics, critical theory and hermeneutics, history of theory, post-tonal theory, linear analysis, rhythm, music cognition, and the analysis of popular musics. The journal welcomes interdisciplinary articles revealing intersections with topics in other fields such as ethnomusicology, mathematics, musicology, philosophy, psychology, and performance. The Society for Music Theory,,

2010 -2011: Admissions Committee, Co-Chairman University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, OH

2010 -2011: CCM Executive Council, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music,, Cincinnati, OH

2010 -2011: UC Graduate Leadership Group, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2010 -2011: UC Research Officers Committee University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH