Missing music theorist is found safe and well

Missing music theorist is found safe and well


norman lebrecht

April 27, 2022

A 24-hour Ohio and Pennsylvania search for Dr Tim Cutler ended a few hours ago with his safe return.

Cutler is head of the music theory department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and creator of the Internet Music Theory Database, the first large-scale online anthology of music theory examples.


  • alan says:

    a sad tale, but music will survive if more theorists go missing

  • Kenny says:

    So Monty Python.

  • Euphonium Al says:

    Glad to hear Dr. Cutler is safe. I don’t know him personally but my childhood home is just a few blocks from where he went missing. Lovely little corner of the world.

  • John Borstlap says:

    It is not unusual for music theorists to get astray.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    So… what happened? The news reports just say he disappeared and then his car turned up 150 miles away.

  • MusicPhan87 says:

    He admitted to sexually assaulting a student after the student came forward with pictures and texts. There is no police report filed, but perhaps he was running away from his wife and daughter?