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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Christopher Endrinal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music
Music Theory, Aural Skills
Phone: (239) 590-7627
Office: MUS 220

Christopher Endrinal joined the music faculty in August of 2013 as a Visiting Instructor of Music Theory in the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to his time at FGCU, Dr. Endrinal served as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Music, where he taught the complete undergraduate core music theory curriculum, including Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Music Fundamentals.

Dr. Endrinal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Music Theory from Northwestern University. He earned his Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Florida State University College of Music. His dissertation is a formal and stylistic analysis of the music of Irish rock group U2, identifying the core elements of the band’s signature sound as well as exploring the formal construction of the band’s songs.

Dr. Endrinal specializes in popular music analysis. He has presented his research on U2 at various regional and national conferences, including Music Theory Southeast, Music Theory Midwest, the West Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Society for Music Theory, and the U2 Conference. He has also published his research in Music Theory Online and Exploring U2: Is This Rock ’n’ Roll. Additionally, he is a staff writer for the fan site @U2 (, where he contributes features on the band’s music, videos, and other work.

Aside from teaching and analyzing music, Dr. Endrinal enjoys rooting for Chicago sports teams, playing tennis, and spending time with his wife Xan, infant son Declan, and his dog Oreo.