The Society for Music Theory awards recognition for significant contributions to music theory, analysis, or history of theory. Eligibility extends to books and articles in English, published between January 1 and December 31 for three years prior to the year of the award.

  • The Wallace Berry Award is given for a distinguished book by an author of any age or career stage.
  • The Outstanding Publication Award is given for a distinguished article by an author of any age or career stage.
  • The Emerging Scholar Award (Article) is given for an article published no more than seven calendar years after the author’s receipt of the Ph.D. (or, in the case of someone who does not hold a Ph.D., before the author reaches the age of forty).
  • The Emerging Scholar Award (Book) is given for a book published no more than seven calendar years after the author’s receipt of the Ph.D. (or, in the case of someone who does not hold a Ph.D., before the author reaches the age of forty).
  • The Outstanding Multi-Author Collection is given for a distinguished multi-author collection.
  • Citations of Special Merit are occasionally awarded for editions, translations, reference works, and other types of publications that are of extraordinary value to the discipline.

 

Year Award Citation
2021 Wallace Berry Award Long, Megan Kaes. Hearing Homophony: Tonal Expectation at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century, Oxford University Press, 2020.
2021 Outstanding Publication Award Momii, Toru. "A Transformational Approach to Gesture in Shō Performance," Music Theory Online 26.4 (2020).
2021 Emerging Scholar Award (book) Nobile, Drew. Form as Harmony in Rock Music, Oxford University Press, 2020.
2021 Honorable Mention Lehman, Frank. Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema, Oxford University Press, 2018.
2021 Emerging Scholar Award (article) Tan, Daphne. "'Dynamic Dualism': Kurth and Riemann on Music Theory and the Mind," Music Theory Spectrum 42.1: 105-121 (2020).
2021 Emerging Scholar Award (article) Honorable Mention Shelley, Braxton. "Analyzing Gospel," Journal of the American Musicological Society 72.1: 181-243 (2019). 
2021 Outstanding Multi-Author Publication Award Parsons, Laurel and Brenda Ravenscroft. Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Secular and Sacred Music to 1900, Oxford University Press, 2018.
2020 Wallace Berry Award Straus, Joseph. Broken Beauty,Oxford University Press, 2018.
2020 Outstanding Publication Award Spicer, Mark."Fragile, Emergent, and Absent Tonics in Pop and Rock Songs," Music Theory Online 23.2 (2017).
2020 Emerging Scholar Award (book) de Souza, Jonathan. Music at Hand: Instruments, Bodies, and Cognition, Oxford University Press, 2017.
2020 Emerging Scholar Award (article) Long, Megan Kaes. "Cadential Syntax and Tonal Expectation in Late Sixteenth-Century Homophony," Music Theory Spectrum 40.1 (2018): 52 - 83.
2020 Outstanding Multi-Author Publication Award Rehding, Alexander and Steven Rings, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Critical Concepts in Music Theory, Oxford University Press, 2019.
2020 Citation of Special Merit Decker, Gregory J. & Matthew R. Shaftel, eds. Singing in Signs: New Semiotic Explorations of Opera, Oxford University Press, 2020.
2019 Wallace Berry Award Yust, Jason. Organized Time: Rhythm, Tonality, and Form (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018).
2019 Outstanding Publication Award Iverson, Jennifer. "Invisible Collaboration: The Dawn and Evolution of elektronische Musik," Music Theory Spectrum 39, no. 2 (October 1, 2017): 200-222.
2019 Emerging Scholar Award (book) Klorman, Edward. Mozart's Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
2019 Emerging Scholar Award (article) Brody, Chris. "Parametric Interaction in Tonal Repertoires," Journal of Music Theory 60, no. 2 (October 1, 2016): 97-148.
2019 Outstanding Multi-Author Publication Award Murphy, Scott. ed., Brahms and the Shaping of Time (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2018).
2019 Citation of Special Merit Richard Ashley and Renee Timmers, eds., The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition (Routledge, 2017).
2018 Wallace Berry Award Moortele, Steven Vande. The Romantic Overture and Musical Form from Rossini to Wagner, Cambridge University Press, 2017.
2018 Outstanding Publication Award Zayaruznaya, Anna. "Intelligibility Redux: Motets and the Modern Medieval Sound," Music Theory Online 23.2 (2017).
2018 Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Markus Neuwirth and Pieter Bergé, eds., What is a Cadence? Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives on Cadences in the Classical Repertoire, Leuven University Press, 2015.
2018 Emerging Scholar Award (article) Bryan J. Parkhurst, "Making a Virtue of Necessity: Schenker and Kantian Teleology, Journal of Music Theory 61.1 (2017): 59-109
2018 Emerging Scholar Award (book) Hicks, Andrew. Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos,Oxford University Press, 2017.
2017 Wallace Berry Award Harrison, Daniel. Pieces of Tradition: An Analysis of Contemporary Tonal Music,Oxford University Press, 2016.
2017 Outstanding Publication Award Byros, Vasili. "Prelude on a Partimento: Invention in the Compositional Pedagogy of the German States in the Time of J. S. Bach, Music Theory Online 21.3 (2015).
2017 Emerging Scholar Award (article) Matthew Boyle and Paul Sherrill, "Galant Recitative Schemas, Journal of Music Theory 59.1 (2015): 1-61.
2017 Emerging Scholar Award (book) Monahan, Seth. Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas, Oxford University Press, 2015.
2017 Citation of Special Merit Carl Schachter, The Art of Tonal Analysis: Twelve Lessons in Schenkerian Theory, edited by Joseph N. Straus, Oxford University Press, 2016.
2017 Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft, eds., Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers (Concert Music, 1960-2000). Oxford University Press, 2016.
2016 Wallace Berry Award DeFord, Ruth. Tactus, Mensuration, and Rhythm in Renaissance Music, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
2016 Outstanding Publication Award Losada, Catherine. "Complex Multiplication, Structure, and Process: Harmony and Form in Boulez's Structures II," Music Theory Spectrum 36.1 (2014): 1-35.
2016 Emerging Scholar Award (article) Hasegawa, Robert. "Clashing Harmonic Systems in Haas's Blumenstück and in vain," Music Theory Spectrum 37.2 (2015): 204-23.
2016 Emerging Scholar Award (book) Grant, Roger Matthew. Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era, Oxford University Press, 2014.
2016 Citation of Special Merit David Lewin, untitled essay on Morgengruß, in David Schwarz and Richard Cohn, eds., David Lewin's Morgengruß: Text, Context, Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2015.
2016 Citation of Special Merit John Rothgeb, ed., Beethoven's Last Piano Sonatas: An Edition with Elucidation, Vols. 1-4, Oxford University Press, 2015.
2016 Outstanding Multi-Author Award David Beach and Yosef Goldenberg, eds., Bach to Brahms Essays on Musical Design and Structure, University of Rochester Press., 2015.
2015 Wallace Berry Award Boss, Jack. Schoenberg's Twelve-Tone Music: Symmetry and the Musical Idea, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
2015 Outstanding Publication Award Joseph N. Straus, "Harmony and Voice Leading in the Music of Stravinsky," Music Theory Spectrum 36.1 (2014) 1-33.
2015 Emerging Scholar Award Monahan, Seth. "Action and Agency Revisited," Journal of Music Theory 57.2: 321-71.
2015 Citation of Special Merit Danuta Mirka, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
2014 Wallace Berry Award Margulis, Elizabeth Hellmuth. On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, Oxford University Press, 2013.
2014 Outstanding Publication Award Martin, Nathan. "Rameau's Changing Views on Supposition and Suspension," Journal of Music Theory 56 (2012) 121-67.
2014 Emerging Scholar Award Steege, Benjamin. Helmholtz and the Modern Listener, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
2013 Wallace Berry Award Sanguinetti, Giorgio. The Art of Partimento: History, Theory, and Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
2013 Outstanding Publication Award David Clampitt and Thomas Noll, "Modes, the Height-Width Duality, and Handschin's Tone Character," Music Theory Online 17.1 (April 2011).
2013 Emerging Scholar Award Ohriner, Mitchell. "Grouping Hierarchy and Trajectories of Pacing in Performances of Chopin's Mazurkas," Music Theory Online 18.1 (April 2012).
2013 Citation of Special Merit Ian Bent, William Drabkin, and their teams of contributing scholars for Phase 2 of Schenker Documents Online.
2012 Wallace Berry Award Schmalfeldt, Janet. In the Process of Becoming: Analytic and Philosophical Perspectives on Form in Early Nineteenth-Century Music, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
2012 Outstanding Publication Award Franck, Peter. "'A Fallacious Concept': Invertible Counterpoint at the Twelfth within the Ursatz," Music Theory Spectrum 32.2 (Fall 2010): 121-44.
2012 Emerging Scholar Award Rings, Steven. Tonality and Transformation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
2012 Citation of Special Merit Edward Gollin and Alexander Rehding, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
2011 Wallace Berry Award Mirka, Danuta. Metric Manipulations in Haydn and Mozart: Chamber Music for Strings, 1787-1791, Oxford University Press, 2010.
2011 Outstanding Publication Award Straus, Joseph. "Voice Leading in Set-Class Space," Journal of Music Theory 49.1 (2005): 45-108.
2011 Emerging Scholar Award Levy, Benjamin. "Shades of the Studio: Electronic Influences on Ligeti's Apparitions," Perspectives of New Music 47.2 (2009): 59-87.
2011 Citation of Special Merit Maureen Carr, Stravinsky's Pulcinella: A Facsimile of the Sources and Sketches, A-R Editions, 2010.
2010 Wallace Berry Award Cook, Nicholas. The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siècle Vienna, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
2010 Outstanding Publication Award Hanninen, Dora. "Associative Sets, Categories, and Music Analysis," Journal of Music Theory 48.2 (2004), 147-218.
2010 Emerging Scholar Award Schuijer, Michiel. Analyzing Atonal Music: Pitch-Class Set Theory and Its Contexts, Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008.
2010 Citation of Special Merit Evan Jones, editor: Intimate Voices: The Twentieth-Century String Quartet, 2 vol., ed. Evan Jones, Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2009.
2009 Wallace Berry Award Robert Gjerdingen Music in the Galant Style, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
2009 Outstanding Publication Award Quinn, Ian. "General Equal-Tempered Harmony (Introduction and Part I)," Perspectives of New Music 44.2 (2006), 6-50, and "General Equal-Tipered Harmony: Parts II and III," Perspectives of New Music 45.1 (2007) 114-58.
2009 Emerging Scholar Award Murphy, Scott. "On Metre in the Rondo of Brahms's Op. 25," Music Analysis 26.3 (2007), 323-52.
2008 Wallace Berry Award James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy Elements of Sonata Theory: Norms, Types, and Deformations in the Late-Eighteenth-Century Sonata, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
2008 Outstanding Publication Award L. Poundie Burstein, "The Off-Tonic Return in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58, and Other Works," Music Analysis 24.3 (2005), 1-43.
2008 Emerging Scholar Award Mak, Su Yin. "Schubert's Sonata Forms and the Poetics of the Lyric," Journal of Musicology 23.2 (2006), 263-306.
2008 Citation of Special Merit Canons and Canonic Techniques, 14th-16th Centuries: Theory, Practice, and Reception History, Katelijne Schiltz and Bonnie J. Blackburn Peeters, editors, Leuven and Belgium: Peeters, 2007.
2007 Wallace Berry Award Huron, David. Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006.
2007 Outstanding Publication Award Leach, Elizabeth Eva. "Gendering the Semitone, Sexing the Leading Tone: Fourteenth-Century Music Theory and the Directed Progression" Music Theory Spectrum 28.1 (2006), 1-21.
2007 Emerging Scholar Award Matthew Bribitzer-Stull, "The A-flat-C-E Complex: The Origin and Function of Chromatic Major Third Collections in Nineteenth-Century Music," Music Theory Spectrum 28.2 (2006), 167-90.
2007 Citation of Special Merit Deborah Stein, editor: Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis, ed. Deborah Stein, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
2006 Wallace Berry Award Anna Maria Busse Berger, Medieval Music and the Art of Memory, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
2006 Outstanding Publication Award Pople, Anthony. "Using Complex Set Theory for Tonal Analysis: An Introduction to the Tonalities Project, Music Analysis.
2006 Emerging Scholar Award Berry, David Carson. "The Meaning(s) of 'Without': An Exploration of Liszt's Bagatelle ohne Tonart," 19th-Century Music 27.3 (2004), 230-62.
2006 Citation of Special Merit David Lewin, Studies in Music with Text, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
2006 Citation of Special Merit Milton Babbit, The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt, edited by Stephen Peles, with Steven Dembski, Andrew Mead, and Joseph Straus, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.
2005 Wallace Berry Award Perlman, Marc. Unplayed Melodies: Javanese Gamelan and the Genesis of Music Theory, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004.
2005 Outstanding Publication Award Klein, Michael. "Chopin's Fourth Ballade as Musical Narrative," Music Theory Spectrum 26.1 ( 2004): 23-55.
2005 Emerging Scholar Award Hook, Julian. "Uniform Triadic Transformations," Journal of Music Theory 46.1-2 (2002), 57-126.
2005 Citation of Special Merit Claude Palisca, editor and translator: Vincenzo Galilei, Dialogue on Ancient and Modern Music, trans., ed., and introduction by Claude Palisca, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
2005 Citation of Special Merit Heinrich Schenker, Der Tonwille, 2 vols., edited by William Drabkin, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004-05.
2004 Wallace Berry Award Zbikowski, Lawrence. Conceptualizing Music: Cognitive Structure, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
2004 Outstanding Publication Award Cramer, Alfred. "Schoenberg's Klangfarbenmelodie: A Principle of Early Atonal Harmony," Music Theory Spectrum 24.1 (2002), 1-34.
2004 Emerging Scholar Award Quinn, Ian. "Listening to Similarity Relations," Perspectives of New Music 39.2 (2001), 108-58.
2003 Wallace Berry Award Lerdahl, Fred. Tonal Pitch Space, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
2003 Outstanding Publication Award David E. Cohen, "The Imperfect Seeks its Perfection: Harmonic Progression, Directed Motion, and Aristotelian Physics," Music Theory Spectrum 23.2 (2001), 139-69.
2003 Emerging Scholar Award Temperley, David. The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2001.
2003 Citation of Special Merit Cambridge History of Western Music Theory, edited by Thomas Christensen, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
2002 Wallace Berry Award Krebs, Harald. Fantasy Pieces: Metric Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
2002 Outstanding Publication Award Huron, David. "Tone and Voice: A Derivation of the Rules of Voice-Leading from Perceptual Principles," Music Perception 19.1 (Fall 2001), 1-64.
2002 Emerging Scholar Award Scherzinger, Martin. "Negotiating the Music-Theory/African-Music Nexus: A Political Critique of Ethnomusicological Anti-Formalism and a Strategic Analysis of the Harmonic Patterning of the Shona Mbira Song 'Nyamaropa'," Perspectives of New Music 39.1 (2001), 5-117.
2001 Wallace Berry Award Judd, Cristle Collins. Reading Renaissance Music Theory: Hearing with the Eyes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
2001 Outstanding Publication Award Morris, Robert. "Voice-Leading Spaces," Music Theory Spectrum 20.2 (1998), 175-208.
2001 Emerging Scholar Award Willner, Channan. "Sequential Expansion and Handelian Phrase Rhythm," in Schenker Studies 2, Carl Schacther and Hedi Siegel, editors, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999: 192-221.
2000 Wallace Berry Award Mathiesen, Thomas. Apollo's Lyre, Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.
1999 Wallace Berry Award Caplin, William. Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
1999 Outstanding Publication Award Charles J. Smith, "Musical Form and Fundamental Structure: An Investigation of Schenker's Formenlehre," Music Analysis, 15.2-3 (1996), 191-297.
1999 Emerging Scholar Award Norman Carey and David Clampitt, "Regions: A Theory of Tonal Spaces in Early Medieval Treatises," Journal of Music Theory 40.1 (1996), 113-47.
1999 Emerging Scholar Award Judd, Cristle Collins. "Josquin's Gospel Motets and Chant-Based Tonality," in Tonal Structures in Early Music, edited by Cristle Collins Judd, New York: Garland, 1998: 109-54.
1998 Wallace Berry Award Hasty, Christopher. Meter as Rhythm, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
1998 Outstanding Publication Award Cumming, Naomi. "The Subjectivities of 'Erbarme Dich,'" Music Analysis 16.1 (1997), 5-54.
1998 Young Scholar Award Snarrenberg, Robert. Schenker's Interpretive Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
1997 Wallace Berry Award Forte, Allen. American Popular Ballad, Princeton: University of Princeton Press, 1995.
1997 Wallace Berry Award Hatten, Robert. Musical Meaning in Beethoven, Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press, 1994.
1997 Outstanding Publication Award Cohn, Richard. "Maximally Smooth Cycles, Hexatonic Systems, and the Analysis of Late-Romantic Triadic Progressions," Music Analysis 15.1 (1996): 9-40.
1997 Young Scholar Award Blasius, Leslie David. Schenker's Argument and the Claims of Music Theory, Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1996.
1996 Wallace Berry Award Burnham, Scott. Beethoven Hero, Princeton: University of Princeton Press, 1995.
1996 Outstanding Publication Award Schachter, Carl. "The Triad as Place and Action," Music Theory Spectrum 17.2 (1995): 149-69.
1996 Young Scholar Award Galand, Joel. "Form, Genre, and Style in the Eighteenth-Century Rondo," Music Theory Spectrum 17.1 (1995): 27-52.
1996 Young Scholar Award Hyer, Brian. "Reimag(in)ing Riemann," Journal of Music Theory 39.1 (1995): 101-38.
1995 Wallace Berry Award Darcy, Warren. Wagner's Das Rheingold, Oxford and New York: University of Oxford Press, 1993.
1995 Outstanding Publication Award Roeder, John. "Interacting Pulse Streams in Schoenberg's Atonal Polyphony," Music Theory Spectrum 16.2 (1994): 231-49.
1995 Young Scholar Award Harrison, Daniel. Harmonic Function in Tonal Music, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
1995 Citation of Special Merit Ian Bent, editor, Music Analysis in the Nineteenth Century, Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1994
1994 Wallace Berry Award Christensen, Thomas. Rameau and Musical Thought in the Enlightenment, Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1993.
1994 Outstanding Publication Award Cohn, Richard. "Transpositional Combination of Beat-Class Sets in Steve Reich's Phase-Shifting Music" Perspectives of New Music 30.2 (1992): 146-77.
1994 Young Scholar Award V. Kofi Agawu Playing with Signs: A Semiotic Interpretation of Classic Music, Princeton: University of Princeton Press, 1991.
1993 Wallace Berry Award Lester, Joel. Compositional Theory in the Eighteenth Century, Cambridge MA: University of Harvard Press, 1992.
1993 Outstanding Publication Award John Clough and Jack Douthett, "Maximally Even Sets" Journal of Music Theory 35 (1991): 93-173.
1993 Young Scholar Award Kurth, Richard. "Mosaic Polyphony: Formal Balance, Imbalance, and Phrase Formation in the Prelude of Schoenberg's Suite, Op. 25," Music Theory Spectrum 14 (1992): 188-208.
1993 Young Scholar Award Marvin, Elizabeth West. "The Perception of Rhythm in Non-Tonal Music," Music Theory Spectrum 13 (1991): 61-78.
1992 Outstanding Publication Award Berry, Wallace. Musical Structure and Performance, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.
1992 Young Scholar Award Dubiel, Joseph."Three Essays on Milton Babbitt": [I] "Thick Array/Of Depth Immeasurable"; [II] "For Making This Occasion Necessary"; [III] "The Animation of Lists," Perspectives of New Music 28.2-30.1 (1990-1992).
1992 Citation of Special Merit Michael Friedman, Ear Training for 20th-Century Music, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.
1991 Outstanding Publication Award Joseph N. Straus, Remaking the Past, Cambridge MA: University of Harvard Press, 1990.
1991 Young Scholar Award Korsyn, Kevin. "Schenker and Kantian Epistemology," Theoria 3 (1988): 1-58.
1991 Citation of Special Merit David Damschroder and David Russell Williams, Music Theory from Zarlino to Schenker, Stuyvesant NY: Pendragon Press, 1990.
1990 Outstanding Publication Award Pieter C. van den Toorn, Stravinsky and the Rite of Spring, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987.
1990 Young Scholar Award Rothstein, William. Phrase Rhythm in Tonal Music, New York: Schirmer, 1989.
1990 Citation of Special Merit Calvin Bower, translator: Boethius's Fundamentals of Music, trans. Calvin Bower, ed. Claude Palisca, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.
1989 Outstanding Publication Award Rothfarb, Lee. Ernst Kurth as Theorist and Analyst, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.
1989 Young Scholar Award Mead, Andrew. "Some Implications of the Pitch Class/Order Number Isomorphism Inherent in the Twelve-Tone System," Perspectives of New Music36.2-27.1 (1988-1989).
1989 Citation of Special Merit John Rothgeb and Jürgen Thym, translators: Heinrich Schenker, Counterpoint, trans. John Rothgeb and Jürgen Thym, New York: Schirmer, 1987.
1988 Outstanding Publication Award Morris, Robert. Composition with Pitch Classes, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.
1988 Young Scholar Award Bernard, Jonathan. The Music of Edgard Varèse, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.
1987 Outstanding Publication Award Cogan, Robert. New Images of Musical Sound, Cambridge MA: University of Harvard Press, 1984.
1987 Young Scholar Award Neumeyer, David. The Music of Paul Hindemith, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.
1986 Outstanding Publication Award Slawson, Wayne. Sound Color, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
1986 Young Scholar Award Stephen V. Peles, "Interpretation of Sets in Multiple Dimensions," Perspectives of New Music 22 (1983-1984).

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