Yayoi Uno Everett




BA Piano Performance, Lewis & Clark College MA Music Theory, Stony Brook University PhD Music Theory, Eastman School of Music


Yayoi Uno Everett is a native of Yokohama, Japan, and joins the faculty at UIC as Professor of Music. She has previously taught at Emory University (2000-14), University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (1999-2000), and the University of Colorado at Boulder (1994-98). Her research focuses on the analysis of postwar art music, film, and opera from the perspectives of semiotics, multimedia theories, cultural studies, and East Asian aesthetics. Her publications include monographs entitled Reconfiguring Myth and Narrative in Contemporary Operas (Indiana University Press, 2015) and The Music of Louis Andriessen (Cambridge University Press, 2006), a co-edited volume Locating East Asia in Western Music, and various peer-reviewed articles on music by Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, György Ligeti, Elliott Carter, Toru Takemitsu, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Chou-Wen Chung, Lei Liang, and Kyong Mee Choi. During 2015-16, she has been invited to give lectures at Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin at Madison as well as teach a graduate seminar at the University of Chicago.
Everett served as the Associate Editor of Music Theory Spectrum (2015-18). She served as President for Music Theory Southeast (2010-12) and as member/chair for Society of Music Theory’s Executive Board, Publication Subvention, and Diversity committees (1998-2009). She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University, the Japan Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Asian Council, and the National Endowment for Humanities. She holds a PhD in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, MA in Music Theory from Stony Brook University, and BA in Piano Performance from Lewis & Clark College.

Everett is hosting a virtual conference on October 3 and October 10, 2020 featuring presentations by fifteen scholars whose essays on contemporary opera will be published in a collection of essays entitled Opera in Flux: Staging, Identity, Narrative (University of Michigan Press, Forthcoming). The event is sponsored by UIC’s Creative Activity Award. Our contributors offer expertise in interpretation of contemporary opera from a multitude of perspectives, including musicology, theatre studies, gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, composition, music theory, ethnography, and performance studies.

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