Northwestern College music professor earns doctorate

Daniel Huey, assistant professor of music at Northwestern College, has earned a doctorate in music theory from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Huey’s dissertation, “Harmony, Voice Leading, and Microtonal Syntax in Ben Johnston’s ‘String Quartet No. 5,’” measured levels of consonance and dissonance in harmonies tuned to extended just intonation.

Huey teaches music theory and provides leadership for Northwestern’s music and worship leadership program. Prior to joining the college’s faculty in 2016, Huey taught as an assistant professor of music at Shorter University in Georgia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and the University of Iowa. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he earned a master’s degree in music theory at the University of Iowa.