In Memoriam Rob Schultz (1977–2016)

Rob Schultz

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Rob Schultz, a vibrant young scholar and beloved colleague to many in the SMT, passed away on May 22, 2016 after a brief illness, just a day before his 39th birthday. An Assistant Professor in Music Theory at the University of Kentucky, Rob was an active contributor to the field of contour theory and a co-founder of the biennial conference series and biannual journal Analytic Approaches to World Music. Our heartfelt condolences go to his many friends, colleagues, and students. For Rob’s obituary and a link to a Guest Book, please visit:

To honor Rob, the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts has established the Rob Schultz Memorial Fund, which will “provide a yearly award to a music student who exhibits the dedication and enthusiasm for music and scholarship by which we fondly remember Rob.” To make a gift, please send a check payable to the “UK College of Fine Arts” with “Rob Schultz Memorial Fund” in the memo line to: Kim Harris, Director of Philanthropy; College of Fine Arts; 206 Fine Arts Building; Lexington, KY 40506. For more information about the fund, please contact Kim Harris at 859-257-3145.

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