Dr. Anthony Kosar is Professor and 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 in Music Theory and Composition from West Liberty State College, his Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition from Southern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University. 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 western music, and he has presented papers on this topic at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2010, 2013), the Time Theories and Music Conference in Corfu, Greece (2012), and “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).
Dr. Kosar was appointed Interim Dean for Administration for Westminster College of the Arts on January 1, 2015.