Mariana Whitmer

  • Part-Time Faculty


Mariana Whitmer is a film musicologist who specializes in the music of the classic Hollywood Western and has published two film score guides for Scarecrow Press on Jerome Moross’s The Big Country (2012) and Elmer Bernstein’s The Magnificent Seven (2017). Whitmer has contributed chapters to Music in the Western (edited by K. Kalinak, 2010), Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age (edited by Stanley Pelkey and Anthony Bushard, 2014), and Double Lives: Film Composers in the Concert Hall (edited by J. Wierzbicki, 2019). Other recent studies include Silent Westerns: Hugo Riesenfeld’s Compiled Score for The Covered Wagon (American Music, Spring, 2018), “The Commodification of the Western Soundscape” in Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western (co-edited with Kendra Preston Leonard, 2018), and “Exploiting the Frontier: Advertising and the Western Soundtrack” in The Oxford Handbook of Music in Television (edited by Ronald Rodman and James Deaville, 2020).  Whitmer was named a Visiting Scholar at the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah (2016) and has presented at various national conferences, including the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, Music and the Moving Image, and the Western History Association.


Music and Film

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Chicago