Music Theory and Composition


RJ Wuagneux, music theory (online only)Robert Wuagneux, guitar and music theory

Robert Wuagneux has been equally at home in the performance and instruction of classical, jazz, and popular styles of guitar for over a decade. As a classical guitarist, Robert has given recitals at venues in Sorrento, Italy, New York City, and Los Angeles, to name a few. As a guitarist in popular styles, Robert has been featured on a number of albums ranging from indie rock to bluegrass. See below for links to samples. 

Robert holds a master’s degree from Appalachian State University (2015) as a student of Dr. Douglas James and is a recipient of the Cratis D. Williams Award for Outstanding Graduate Students. Currently, Robert is a PhD candidate in music history and theory at Stony Brook University in New York. His research focuses on analysis of music in just intonation, as well as the music, affect, and cultural phenomenon of Phish.



adam_summey_400.jpgAdam Summey, composition

Adam Summey (they/them) is a nonbinary composer, arranger, and trombonist. They were born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1998 and graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors in Music Performance/Composition/Theory in 2021. They have written for a range of instrumentations and ensemble types with their music being performed by groups such as the Stephen F. Austin State University Trombone Choir, Appalachian Video Game Ensemble, Bryson Middle School Wind Band, Appalachian State University Trombone Choir, Hillcrest High School Red and Black Brigade, Phi Mu Alpha Rho Tau Brass Choir, Appalachian Steely Pan Steel Band, and Bent Frequency. They have also had world premieres at the International Trombone Festival and the Charlotte New Music Festival.