Michèle Duguay (she/her) is an Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the intersection of popular music analysis and gender studies, the construction of virtual space in recorded popular music, voice studies, and gesture in contemporary piano music. Her dissertation, “Gendering the Virtual Space: Sonic Femininities and Masculinities in Contemporary Top 40 Music,” has been awarded the SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship by the Society for Music Thepry.
In 2019, Michèle received the Patricia Carpenter Emerging Scholar Award from the Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS), the Arthur J. Komar Award from Music Theory Midwest (MTMW), and a doctoral grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. She presented her research at various national and international conferences, including the annual (SMT) and regional (NECMT, MTSNYS, MTMW) meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for American Music (SAM) annual meeting, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-US).
She received a Ph.D. in music theory from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she also completed a Certificate Program in Women’s Studies, an M.A. in music theory from McGill University, and a B.Mus. from the University of Ottawa. Michèle is a former faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and has taught music theory at the City College of New York and Lehman College.
Michèle is a co-founder of the Engaged Music Theory
Review of Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music, 1900–1960
, edited by Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft (New York: Oxford University Press, 2022). Music Theory Spectrum
“Analyzing Vocal Placement in Recorded Virtual Space.” Music Theory Online
28/4 (2023). https://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.22.28.4/mto.22.28.4.duguay.html
“Physical Balance, Gravity, and Tension in Contemporary Piano Works.” 2019. Theory and Practice
Review of A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice
by Victoria Malawey (Oxford University Press, 2020). Music Theory Online
27/2 (2021). https://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.21.27.2/mto.21.27.2.duguay.html