Bryan R. Simms


Division: Scholarly and Professional Studies
Program: Musicology

Expertise: 19th and 20th Century Music
Phone: (213) 740-7416
Office: MUS 304


Bryan R. Simms is a professor of musicology at the USC Thornton School of Music. Prior to coming to USC in 1976, he taught at the University of Denver and at Yale University, where he received his PhD in musicology. He was formerly editor of the Journal of Music Theory and Music Theory Spectrum, and he has served on the Council of the American Musicological Society and Executive Board of the Society for Music Theory. He has received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. He specializes in music and musical theory of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and his books include most recently The Atonal Music of Arnold Schoenberg: 1908–1923 (Oxford University Press) and Music in Western Civilization (with Craig Wright, Thomson-Schirmer). He is the editor of the complete writings on music by Alban Berg, which will be published by the Oxford University Press in the fall of 2013