I’m a music theorist with research interests in the analysis and history of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century opera. My dissertation examined issues of pleasure and enjoyment in the operas of Gioachino Rossini. Ongoing research projects include the analysis of secco recitative, musical form in early two-tempo arias, as well as music and music-making in the nineteenth-century American South.

My research has been published in the Journal of Music Theory and Music Theory Online. My article “Galant Recitative Schemas,” co-authored with Paul Sherrill, was recognized with the David Kraehenbuehl Prize in 2016 and the Society for Music Theory’s Emerging Scholar Award (for an article) in 2017.

You can contact me by e-mail at mlboyle [at] or through my page.