Emily Vanchella

Graduate Student




Emily Vanchella is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds an M.A. in music theory from UCSB, and her primary research interest is the application of topic theory to British rock music from the 1960s and early 1970s, with a particular emphasis on the Beatles. She is also interested in narrative and music in animated media; Hindustani (North Indian) classical music; and questions of world music analysis. She has presented conference papers on rock topics and animated media, at the Film and Multimedia Interest Group meeting at the Society for Music Theory 2019; West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis 2019; and Music and the Moving Image 2019. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Society for Music Theory. In addition to her research and teaching activities, Emily is an active performer on the sitar and primary assistant to the UCSB Music of India Ensemble.

Emily received a B.A. in Music, summa cum laude, from Agnes Scott College, with a concentration in music theory and minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, she served as the music theory tutor and a teaching assistant for the self-designed music history course MUS 206: Topics in Music (The Beatles). Her primary instrument in college was the classical and jazz guitar, and she enjoyed performing as an alto in the school gospel choir. She debuted several original compositions and arrangements at Agnes Scott College, and with the Atlanta Guitar Orchestra.