Music Theory & Composition Faculty

mahirMahir CetizMusic Theory & Composition
Area Coordinator  


inceKamran Ince 

OroszJeremy Orosz 
Music Theory


Recent Research & Creative Activity


  • Jeremy Orosz, “Straight outta Nashville: Hip-Hop Allusions in Contemporary Country Music,” Popular Music and Society, Vol 45 (2021).
  • Mahir Cetiz wrote two new compositions, commissioned by the Nermin Kaygusuz (NK) Ensemble, a song based new music ensemble that uses particular Turkish Music traditional instruments and maqams. 


  • Mahir Cetiz composed "Call of Light" for string orchestra, commissioned by the Gedik Philharmonic, which premiered in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Jeremy Orosz was elected President of the South Central Society for Music Theory.
  • Kamran Ince composed Flute Concerto for the CRR Istanbul Municipality Orchestra and Bulent Evcil, flutist, and Cem Mansur, director. The premiere and recording for Naxos will take place in 2021.
  • Kamran Ince composed Jus Soli, commissioned by the Greek National Opera to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the independence of Greece from the Ottoman Empire.


  • Kamran Ince served as composer in residence at MIAM, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey (February, May, October, December 2019).
  • Kamran Ince composed A Grand American Celebration for solo saxophone and trumpet with wind ensemble, commissioned by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to celebrate the opening of the Jan Serr Studio owned by the Peck School of the Arts in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Jeremy Orosz, “Lil Nas X, the “Old Town Road,” and the (f)utility of genre labels.” Musicology Now, 11 July 2019.
  • Jeremy Orosz served as concert Host and consultant for “The Music of Star Wars,” Memphis Symphony Orchestra Performance.