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Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance

Gregory Menillo

Gregory MenilloEmail: gmenillo@gradcenter.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-960-8247
Office: Music Building, Room 315
Office Hours: Virtual, by appointment via email 
Rank: Adjunct Lecturer
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A, Yale University; M.A., Royal Conservatory of Brussels; (expected) D.M.A., Graduate Center, CUNY

Gregory Joseph Menillo is a composer and Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he holds a certificate in Critical Theory specializing in the work of Theodor W. Adorno. His doctoral dissertation uses Adorno’s aesthetics to approach an historical-materialist interpretation of Elliott Carter, arguing that Carter’s music uniquely registers the conflicts and contradictions of American society in the latter half of the twentieth century. He has contributed a chapter on the connections between Adorno’s theory of mass culture and his research on the authoritarian personality to How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School, ed. Jeremiah Morelock (Brill Publishers, 2021), and has presented at the New Materialisms in Music and Sound conference, University of Texas at Austin in 2021.

His music has been performed by the Argento ensemble, Todd Reynolds, Either/Or, the Mivos Quartet, Gleb Kanasevich,and the Da Capo Chamber Players (forthcoming). He is an Adjunct Lecturer at both Manhattan College and Lehman College, where he teaches courses on the aesthetics of music, music theory and analysis, and music history and appreciation.