Anna Yu Wang (MA Harvard University, BM McGill University) is a music theorist, ethnographer, and grassroots organizer concerned with what it means—and what it takes—to listen across lines of difference. Her current research examines how intuitions for tonality, form, and temporal organization change based on cultural context and engages modes of listening that disrupt how music has been conventionally understood in the West. Her fieldwork has taken her to Anhui province in China and northern Taiwan to learn how huangmei opera and koa-a opera musicians articulate their experiences of musical syntax—the topic of her doctoral dissertation at Harvard University. She serves as co-chair of the Society for Music Theory’s Analysis of World Music Interest Group and as Associate Editor of the music pedagogy journal Engaging Students, positions from which she advocates for the meaningful and ethical inclusion of colonized and neglected musical traditions in music teaching and scholarship. She is also the founder of Discourse Across Divides, an outreach project for mitigating political polarization by the means of storytelling and moderated conversation.
Anna Yu Wang
Composition and Theory