David Orvek


Welcome to my website! I am a music theorist, pedagogue, guitarist, and composer living in Columbus, Ohio. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in music theory and literature from Southern Adventist University in 2016, and am currently an MA student in music theory and a graduate teaching associate at The Ohio State University where I also teach first-year music theory and aural skills. My research focuses largely on post-tonal and atonal musics, with a particular interest in transformational theory. Current projects include a study of non-tonal triadic progressions in the music of Charles Villiers Stanford and a corpus study of closural features in the music of Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg.

In addition to my musical interests, I am also an amateur computer programmer with experience in Python, Bash, Ruby, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and the Humdrum Toolkit. This website was built from scratch using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Below you will find samples of some of my research, composition, performance, and coding. These examples randomly cycle through each time you reload the page, so each visit will be slightly different! To see more of my work, please visit some of the other pages on this site.


Below you will find a short description of one of my recent papers. To download and read the full paper, please click the "Continue Reading" button below. Please contact me if you wish to know more about any of these projects or distribute the papers in any fashion.


Below you will find a recording of one of my compositions. Scores and program notes for each work may be found by clicking "More". Please contact me if you wish to perform or distribute these scores in any fashion.


Below you will find one of the Python scripts that I have written for fun. Thanks to the wonders of Trinket, these scripts can actually be run and edited right here on this page! Simply click "Run" and follow the prompts on the terminal. If you encounter any bugs, or see ways in which these scripts might be improved, please contact me.


Below you will find a recording from my senior recital at Southern Adventist University in 2016. To hear the rest of my recital and to see program notes, click "More".


Please feel free to contact me at the email address below with any bugs you find on this site, questions you might have, or with inquiries about private lessons in music theory, composition, or guitar.