William Mason

William Mason joined the PhD program in Music Theory in 2011-12.

Will's research interests include spectralism; microtonality; embodied cognition; theories of affect and emotion in music; science and technology studies; modernism; and music theory pedagogy. His dissertation, advised by Prof. Ellie Hisama, is entitled "Feeling Machines: Affect, Embodiment, and Technology in the Music of the French Spectral School."

Originally from Portland, Maine, Will graduated from the double degree program at Oberlin College in 2010, with degrees in contemporary improvisation and political science. His principal performance teachers were Billy Hart and Jamey Haddad, and he studied music theory with Brian Alegant and Rebecca Leydon.

He is also active as a composer and performer. His debut album was released by New Amsterdam Records in August 2015. More information about his music can be found on his website: www.willmasonmusic.com


Columbia Degrees: 
MA, Music Theory
MPhil, Music Theory
Degrees from Other Institutions: 
Oberlin College
Contemporary Improvisation
Oberlin Conservatory of Music