Kalin Kirilov, Ph.D.



Contact Info

CA 2101


Ph.D., Music Theory
University of Oregon, 2007

M.A., Folklore
University of Oregon, 2003

B.A., Music Education, Ear Training, and Bulgarian Tambura Performance
Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 1998

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory
Ear Training
Schenkerian Analysis
Analysis of World Music
Creative Music Technology
Folk Music of the Balkans


Kalin Kirilov is a Professor of Music Theory. Before coming to Towson University, he taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kirilov received his BA from the Academy of Music and Dance in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, an interdisciplinary MA in Folklore from the University of Oregon, and a PhD in Music Theory from the University of Oregon. 

Kirilov’s research explores the boundaries between two often compartmentalized fields, music theory and ethnomusicology, and his innovative analytical perspectives on Eastern European music have been well-received at national and international conferences. His recent articles appear in Analytical Approaches to World Musics, MUSICultures (Canada), and Analyse Musicale (France). Kirilov’s book, “Bulgarian Harmony” was published in Ashgate's SOAS Musicology Series in the fall of 2015. “Bulgarian Harmony” is the first analytical study of 20th century Bulgarian harmonized repertoires tracing unique harmonic developments in Bulgarian village music, wedding music, and polyphonic choral arrangements performed by Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares. 

A master of multiple instruments, Kirilov has performed extensively in Bulgaria, Western Europe, and the United States. In 2003 and 2005, he toured the United States with Ivo Papazov, recipient of the 2005 BBC audience award in the “world music” category. In addition to being a teacher, scholar, and active performer, Kirilov was one of the main organizers of the international conferences Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2010, AAWM 2012, and AAWM 2014).