• Associate Professor (Lecturer), School Of Music

Creative Research

  • I organized the Vincent Persichetti Centenary Concert at the University of Utah, School of Music. The concert was a collaborative effort that included all areas of the School of Music and a pre-concert display in the MacKay Music Library. The highlight of the concert was the performance of Persichetti's 'A Lincoln Address' that was banned from the 1973 Inaugural Concert of Richard Nixon. The piece featured excerpts from Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural address of 1865 that the Nixon Administration found embarrassing given its recent bombing campaign in North Vietnam. Thus, the concert also celebrated the 150th anniversary of this very important speech by Lincoln. Performance, completed 10/01/2015.


  • "A Meta-Text of Unity and Reconciliation in Persichetti's A Lincoln Address" presented at the 2017 American Society of Musicology - Rocky Mountain Chapter. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/2017.
  • "The Pedagogical Challenges of Early Twentieth-Century Music Literature" presented at the 2016 Macro Workshop at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/18/2016.
  • Reaction to the CMS Manifesto given at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Scholars Conference at the University of New Mexico. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/23/2016.
  • "Nixon and the 2nd Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln: a Study in the Tyranny of Censorship" presented at the Tyranny & Music International Conference at Middle Tennessee State University. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/22/2015.
  • I was invited by the Juilliard School to give a talk about Vincent Persichetti as part of the Centenary Celebrations. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/20/2015.
  • "Persichetti's Lincoln Address and the Nixon Administration's Case for Censorship: Why the Text of Lincoln Caused an American Work of Art to be Rejected” presented at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/27/2015.
  • “Dallapiccola’s Nascent Twelve-Tone Practices” Presented at the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory held at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/04/2014.
  • A Re-examination of Persichetti's Early Works with a Focus on the Violin Sonata, Op. 15, No. 1 Presented at the Rocky Mountain Society of Music Theory held at Northern Arizona University. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/06/2013.
  • "The Violin and Piano Music of Vincent Persichetti." The New Music Symposium at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (Friday, 13 April). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/13/2012.
  • "Schubert and the Missing Thematic Reprise: Innovation or Subversion?" Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greely, Colorado (Friday, 30 March & Saturday, 31 March 2012). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/31/2012.
  • "Arvo Pärt's Evolving Tintinnabuli Style" presented at the Arvo Part: Soundtrack of Age conference sponsored by the Royal Academy of Music at the Southbank Centre in London (24 to 25 September 2010). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/24/2010.
  • "Arvo Pärt's Evolving Tintinnabuli Style" presented at the "Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality Conference at Boston University. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/27/2010.


  • Michael Chikinda (2018). "Lincoln, Persichetti and the 2nd Inauguration of Richard Nixon: a Study in Artistic Vision Versus Political Expediency". Music and Politics. Published, 02/20/2018.
  • Michael Chikinda (2017). "Revisiting Benward's Circle Progressions and Anti-Circles in the Context of the Sequence" . Musican Insights. Accepted, 07/04/2017.
  • "The Pedagogy of Early, Twentieth-Century Music: a Multi-Faceted Analysis of Scriabin's Op. 31, No. 4." College Music Symposium, Vol. 56 (Nov. 29, 2016):. Published, 11/29/2016.
  • "Arvo Pärt's Evolving Tintinnabuli Style" Published in 'Perspectives of New Music', Vol. 49, No. 1 (Winter, 2011): 182-206. Published, 11/2011.