Associate Professor of Music
B.M. Boston University; M.M., Brandeis University; Ph.D., Brandeis University;
Prof. Ponce teaches upper level courses in the history of musical style during the
Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods; the two-semester Music history
Survey; Theory I; a general education music appreciation course; and a course in world
musics for majors. Prior to her current appointment, she taught various courses in
theory, musicology and general education at Rutgers University, Bradley University,
Her research interests revolve around questions of form and style in the early Romantic
period, in Schumann and Chopin in particular. She has also done work on the relationship
between theory, analysis and musicology; on the impact of changes in the discipline
of musicology on undergraduate teaching. She has presented her research at various
local and national conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society
of Music Theory, and the Pedagogy Study Group of the American Musicological Society.
She has also presented at international conferences organized by the Society of Music
Analysis (Cardiff, U.K.), the Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Warsaw, Poland); the University
of Tel-Aviv (Tel-Aviv, Israel); the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, the Royal
Society of Music History of the Netherlands, and the Royal Society for Music History
of Belgium (The Hague, Netherlands); and at the 17
Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Edinburgh, U.K); and the 50
Annual Conference of the Royal Music Association (Leeds, U.K.). More recently, she was invited to present a guest lecture as part
of the Carrigan Music Theory Lecture Series at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Her publications include: “Memory and Non-linear, End-oriented Coherence in Chopin’s
Nocturnes” in The Third International Chopin Congress 1810-2010: Ideas-Interpretation-Influence (Warsaw: Fryderyk Chopin Institute, forthcoming); a review of Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance, ed. by Katy Hamilton and Natasha Loges, Nineteenth-Century Music Review (Dec. 2016); “Form, Diversity, and Lack of Fulfillment in the First Movement of Schumann’s Fantasie op. 17,” MTO 20, no. 3 (Sept. 2014); and a 5-level Theory and Solfge Method, Sounds Around Us (Jerusalem: Edward Sa’id National Conservatory of Music, 2004, 2005 and 2007). She
also edited a book of popular and traditional Arab songs, arranged for piano by Dia’
Rishmawi, Let’s Play: Forty Arab Melodies Arranged for Piano Beginners (Jerusalem: The Edward Sa’id National Conservatory, 2002)
During the summers of 2008 through 2010, Prof. Ponce was a regular participant in
the Annual Retreat of Arabic Music, organized by the Arab-American Arts Institute
in Mount Holyoke College. Her diversity of interests keeps her engaged in the academic
and extra-academic life at Illinois Wesleyan University, where, among other things,
she worked to acquire a Gamelan ensemble for the university, as well as co-organizer
of the Evelyn Chapel Arts and the Humanities Series (currently in its sixth year).
She has also served as faculty advisor to a number of registered student organizations.