Dr. Peles

Stephen Peles

Associate Professor of Composition & Music Theory

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Princeton University

University of Connecticut

Rutgers University


Stephen Peles is an associate professor of composition and theory. He is a composer and theorist with degrees from Princeton University, the University of Connecticut, and Rutgers University. His works have been performed in both Europe and the U.S., and his numerous honors include awards and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo, the Institute for Contemporary American Music, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Meet the Composer, East & West Artists, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many others.

Active as a theorist, he has received the Society for Music Theory’s Outstanding Publication Young Scholar Award, and has published on both tonal and post-tonal theory. His other research interests include cognitive science and philosophy of explanation. A past editor of Perspectives of New Music and current member of its editorial B=board, he is also one of the founders of the SMT Philosophy of Music special interest group and has served on the Editorial Board of Music Theory Spectrum. He is a contributor to the Cambridge History of American Music and is currently co-editing The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt for Princeton University Press. He has been a University of Alabama faculty member since 1996.