Dr. Anthony Kosar is Professor and former Chair of the Music Composition, History, and Theory Department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from West Liberty State College (1977), his Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from Southern Illinois University (1978), and his Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University (1984). His articles on music theory pedagogy have been published in the College Music Society Symposium, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and the Journal of the Georgia Association of Music Theorists. Dr. Kosar has presented papers on theory pedagogy and Debussy at the South Central Society for Music Theory Conference, the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference, the National Society for Music Theory Conference, and the International Symposium on Music in France (1830-1940) in Melbourne, Australia. His most recent research deals with narrative time in American country music, and he has presented papers on this topic at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2011; 2013), the Time Theories and Music Conference in Corfu, Greece (2012), “Changing the Tune”: Popular Music & Politics in the 21st Century From the Fall of Communism to the Arab Spring, an International Conference in Strasbourg, France (2013), Real Country? Geographic, Cultural and Stylistic Challenges to the Country Music Genre, an International Conference in Strasbourg, France (2013), The Languages of Popular Music: Communicating Regional Musics in a Globalized World, an International Conference in Osnabrück, Germany (2014), the International Country Music Conference in Nashville, TN (2015), and Back to the Future: Popular Music and Time, the 19th Biennial International Association for the Study of Popular Music in São Paulo, Brazil (2015).
Dr. Kosar served as Interim Associate Dean for Westminster College of the Arts from January 1, 2015, to June 30, 2015.