Juan Chattah is assistant professor of theory and composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He holds a M.M. and a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Florida State University, a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Utrecht Conservatorium (The Netherlands), and a Certificate of Music Education from the Conservatorio de Musica in Cordoba (Argentina). As theorist, his primary research interest concerns the application of models drawn from linguistics and critical theory to the analysis of film music. Recent research has been presented at the Music and the Moving Image (New York 2009), College Music Society (Portland 2009 / Salt Lake City 2007) and at other noted conferences. As composer, his music ranges from tangos to interactive electroacoustic music, to children songs for the radio drama series Stories in the Air broadcast internationally through Public Radio International. His concert music is highly influenced by archetypical gestures and moods of film music. As a pianist, he studied in The Netherlands under Herman Uhlhorn and David Kuyken, and participated in master classes with Michel Beroff, Ivan Moravec, and Paul Badura-Skoda. He performed extensively in Europe and Latin America, and his students have won numerous national and international competitions.