The 2017 Annual Meeting

Meeting 2017 - Arlington, VA

Join us as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary in Arlington, VA, November 2–5. Conference information is now available here.

In Memoriam Richard Parks

Richard Parks, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory at the University of Western Ontario, passed away peacefully at his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on July 5, 2017. Richard taught at Western from 1986 until his retirement in 2011. He was a charter member of the SMT, and served as Newsletter Editor from 1982 – 85. In addition to his scholarly work on Debussy, which included his formulation of a theory of pitch-class set genera, Richard will be fondly remembered for his extraordinary abilities as a teacher and a mentor, his humanity, and his grace. He will be deeply missed.

Donate to the SMT

Please consider adding your support to the SMT 40 campaign. The Society for Music Theory is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

SMT Mission Statement

The Society for Music Theory promotes the development of and engagement with music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline. We construe this discipline broadly as embracing all approaches, from conceptual to practical, and all perspectives, including those of the scholar, listener, composer, performer, teacher, and student. The Society is committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity, and gender equity in the field.


The deadline for applications for the new SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship is October 1, 2017. Guidelines and an application form are here.


The new issue of SMT-V, featuring J. Daniel Jenkins is now available. Click here to watch.

Music Theory Online

The latest issue of Music Theory Online (Volume 22, Number 4) is now available.

See here for the complete list.