Instructor of Music


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Instructor of Music
    • Music History and Theory
  • Department:

    • Music
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. Historical Musicology – University of Colorado Boulder
    • M.M. Music History and Literature – University of Northern Colorado
    • B.M.E. Music Education – University of Northern Colorado


Dan Obluda is an instructor of music at Colorado State University where teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history and music theory. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at the University of Colorado Boulder, and his research explores semiotics and interpretation of film music. In addition to his work in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Dan also teaches courses for the University Honors Program, including a freshman seminar on Hollywood films and a senior seminar that investigates the combination music and moving images in various mediums. In the Fall of 2017, Obluda’s edition of Anton Reicha’s Die Harmonie der Sphären was published by A-R Editions, and his article on pentatonicism in Japanese and American folk musics appeared in the 2018 issue of the American Music Research Center Journal. Dan has presented his research at the American Musicological Society’s Annual Meeting (Virtual 2021), Music and the Moving Image Conference (2021 and 2019), as well as regional meetings of the Society of Ethnomusicology (Salt Lake City 2017 and Albuquerque 2016) and the American Musicological Society (Tucson 2018 and Colorado Springs 2011). An active performer, Dan has been a percussionist in the Fort Collins Wind Symphony since 2013, and he performed with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra from 2007–2018.