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Adjunct Faculty, Music Theory & Aural Skills

  • M.M., Music Theory, Stephen F. Austin State University (2016)
  • B.M., Vocal Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University (2014)
Emily Milius is an adjunct faculty in Music Theory and Aural Skills. She is originally from Libertyville, IL, north of Chicago, and moved to Nacogdoches after graduating from Libertyville High School.

During her bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin State University, Emily Milius studied voice with Dr. Scott LaGraff. In her undergraduate career, she sang in four different operas with roles in two of those operas and she competed at the annual NATS Texoma Region Conference every year. As a junior, she was awarded the Jack and Naioma Ledbetter Dean’s Award in Music, and as a senior she was able to perform Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII by Libby Larsen, which is one of her favorite pieces.

During her master’s degree at Stephen F. Austin State University, Milius studied music theory with Dr. Nathan Fleshner. Her interests include female composers (particularly Libby Larsen), women in music, feminist musical analysis, text and music analysis, and post-tonal music. Her thesis, “Personality and Feminism in Libby Larsen’s Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII” provided musical analysis showing Larsen’s ability to show each woman’s personality through rhythmic and melodic sequences and other musical motives. It also provided a feminist musical analysis of the five songs. Milius was able to present a lecture recital at the end of her degree in which she discussed an overview of the feminist analysis portion of her thesis followed by her performance of the set.

Milius has presented multiple papers at conferences around the United States. Upcoming she will be presenting her paper “Musical Psychopathy in Libby Larsen’s The Peculiar Case of H.H. Holmes,” at the American Musicological Society- Midwest Chapter Meeting and again at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville Contemporary Music Festival. This paper examines the ways in which this song cycle portrays H.H. Holmes’s psychological state as a psychopath. Past conference presentations include: “The ‘Good Hearted Woman:’ Tina Turner,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US (Vanderbilt University), “Legalized Divorce: Katherine of Aragon, the Forgotten Wife,” Women in Music Festival (Mississippi University for Women), “Anne of Cleves in ‘Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII” by Libby Larsen,” Feminist Theory and Music (San Francisco State University), “Anne Boleyn in ‘Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII’ by Libby Larsen,” Women in Music Festival, (Mississippi University for Women), “Female Sexuality in Two Selections from ‘Try Me, Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII’ by Libby Larsen,” Music and Sexuality Conference, (Arizona State University).

Emily Milius enjoys playing ukulele and singing in the Nacogdoches area, and also singing at the First United Methodist Church of Crockett every week. She also continues to perform in recitals with the music department. Upcoming in the spring, she will be performing with the vocal faculty in a recital of Jake Heggie’s music.