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.

Past recipients are listed below.


2019

Wallace Berry Award
 Jason Yust, Organized Time: Rhythm, Tonality, and Form (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Outstanding Publication Award
 Jennifer Iverson, “Invisible Collaboration: The Dawn and Evolution of elektronische Musik,” Music Theory Spectrum 39, no. 2 (October 1, 2017): 200–222.

Emerging Scholar Award (book)
 Edward Klorman, Mozart’s Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Emerging Scholar Award (article)
 Chris Brody, “Parametric Interaction in Tonal Repertoires,” Journal of Music Theory 60, no. 2 (October 1, 2016): 97–148.

Outstanding Multi-Author Publication Award
 Scott Murphy, ed., Brahms and the Shaping of Time (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2018).

Citation of Special Merit
 Richard Ashley and Renee Timmers, eds., The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition (Routledge, 2017).

2018

Wallace Berry Award
Steven Vande Moortele, The Romantic Overture and Musical Form from Rossini to Wagner. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Outstanding Publication Award
Anna Zayaruznaya, “Intelligibility Redux: Motets and the Modern Medieval Sound.” Music Theory Online 23/2 (2017).

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.

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

Emerging Scholar Award (book)
Andrew Hicks, Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos. Oxford University Press, 2017.

2017

Wallace Berry Award
Daniel Harrison, Pieces of Tradition: An Analysis of Contemporary Tonal Music. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Outstanding Publication Award
Vasili Byros, “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). http://www.mtosmt.org/issues/mto.15.21.3/mto.15.21.3.byros.html

Emerging Scholar Award (article)
Matthew Boyle and Paul Sherrill, “Galant Recitative Schemas.” Journal of Music Theory 59/1 (2015): 1–61.

Emerging Scholar Award (book)
Seth Monahan, Mahler’s Symphonic Sonatas. Oxford University Press, 2015.

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.

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
Ruth DeFord, Tactus, Mensuration, and Rhythm in Renaissance Music. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Outstanding Publication Award
Catherine Losada, “Complex Multiplication, Structure, and Process: Harmony and Form in Boulez’s Structures II.” Music Theory Spectrum 36/1 (2014): 1-35.

Emerging Scholar Award (article)
Robert Hasegawa, "Clashing Harmonic Systems in Haas’s Blumenstück and in vain." Music Theory Spectrum 37/2 (2015): 204-23.

Emerging Scholar Award (book)
Roger Matthew Grant, Beating Time and Measuring Music in the Early Modern Era. Oxford University Press, 2014.

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.

Citation of Special Merit
John Rothgeb, ed., Beethoven's Last Piano Sonatas: An Edition with Elucidation. Vols. 1–4. Oxford University Press, 2015.

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
Jack Boss, Schoenberg's Twelve-Tone Music: Symmetry and the Musical Idea. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Outstanding Publication Award
Joseph N. Straus, "Harmony and Voice Leading in the Music of Stravinsky." Music Theory Spectrum 36/1 (2014) 1-33.

Emerging Scholar Award
Seth Monahan, "Action and Agency Revisited," Journal of Music Theory 57/2: 321-71.

Citation of Special Merit
Danuta Mirka, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

2014

Wallace Berry Award
Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Outstanding Publication Award
Nathan Martin, "Rameau's Changing Views on Supposition and Suspension." Journal of Music Theory 56 (2012) 121-67.

Emerging Scholar Award
Benjamin Steege, Helmholtz and the Modern Listener. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

2013

Wallace Berry Award
Giorgio Sanguinetti, The Art of Partimento: History, Theory, and Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

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).

Emerging Scholar Award
Mitchell Ohriner, “Grouping Hierarchy and Trajectories of Pacing in Performances of Chopin's Mazurkas,” Music Theory Online 18/1 (April 2012).

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
Janet Schmalfeldt, In the Process of Becoming: Analytic and Philosophical Perspectives on Form in Early Nineteenth-Century Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Outstanding Publication Award
Peter Franck, "'A Fallacious Concept': Invertible Counterpoint at the Twelfth within the Ursatz," Music Theory Spectrum 32/2 (Fall 2010): 121-44.

Emerging Scholar Award
Steven Rings, Tonality and Transformation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

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
Danuta Mirka, Metric Manipulations in Haydn and Mozart: Chamber Music for Strings, 1787–1791. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Outstanding Publication Award
Joseph Straus, "Voice Leading in Set-Class Space," Journal of Music Theory 49.1 (2005): 45–108.

Emerging Scholar Award
Benjamin Levy, "Shades of the Studio: Electronic Influences on Ligeti’s Apparitions," Perspectives of New Music 47.2 (2009): 59–87.

Citation of Special Merit
Maureen Carr, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella: A Facsimile of the Sources and Sketches. A-R Editions, 2010.

2010

Wallace Berry Award
Nicholas Cook, The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siècle Vienna. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Outstanding Publication Award
Dora Hanninen, "Associative Sets, Categories, and Music Analysis," Journal of Music Theory 48/2 (2004), 147–218.

Emerging Scholar Award
Michiel Schuijer, Analyzing Atonal Music: Pitch-Class Set Theory and Its Contexts. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008.

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.

Outstanding Publication Award
Ian Quinn, "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.

Emerging Scholar Award
Scott Murphy, "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.

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.

Emerging Scholar Award
Su Yin Mak, "Schubert's Sonata Forms and the Poetics of the Lyric," Journal of Musicology 23/2 (2006), 263–306.

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
David Huron, Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2006.

Outstanding Publication Award
Elizabeth Eva Leach, "Gendering the Semitone, Sexing the Leading Tone: Fourteenth-Century Music Theory and the Directed Progression” Music Theory Spectrum 28/1 (2006), 1–21.

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.

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.

Outstanding Publication Award
Anthony Pople, "Using Complex Set Theory for Tonal Analysis: An Introduction to the Tonalities Project, Music Analysis.

Emerging Scholar Award
David Carson Berry, "The Meaning(s) of ‘Without': An Exploration of Liszt's Bagatelle ohne Tonart," 19th-Century Music 27/3 (2004), 230–62.

Citation of Special Merit
David Lewin, Studies in Music with Text. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 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
Marc Perlman, Unplayed Melodies: Javanese Gamelan and the Genesis of Music Theory. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004.

Outstanding Publication Award
Michael Klein, "Chopin's Fourth Ballade as Musical Narrative," Music Theory Spectrum 26/1 ( 2004): 23–55.

Emerging Scholar Award
Julian Hook, "Uniform Triadic Transformations," Journal of Music Theory 46/1–2 (2002), 57–126.

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.

Citation of Special Merit
Heinrich Schenker, Der Tonwille, 2 vols., edited by William Drabkin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004–05.

2004

Wallace Berry Award
Lawrence Zbikowski, Conceptualizing Music: Cognitive Structure. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Outstanding Publication Award
Alfred Cramer, "Schoenberg's Klangfarbenmelodie: A Principle of Early Atonal Harmony," Music Theory Spectrum 24/1 (2002), 1–34.

Emerging Scholar Award
Ian Quinn, "Listening to Similarity Relations," Perspectives of New Music 39/2 (2001). 108–58.

2003

Wallace Berry Award
Fred Lerdahl, Tonal Pitch Space. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

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.

Emerging Scholar Award
David Temperley, The Cognition of Basic Musical Structures. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2001.

Citation of Special Merit
Cambridge History of Western Music Theory, edited by Thomas Christensen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

2002

Wallace Berry Award
Harald Krebs, Fantasy Pieces: Metric Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Outstanding Publication Award
David Huron, "Tone and Voice: A Derivation of the Rules of Voice-Leading from Perceptual Principles," Music Perception 19/1 (Fall 2001). 1–64.

Emerging Scholar Award
Martin Scherzinger, "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
Cristle Collins Judd, Reading Renaissance Music Theory: Hearing with the Eyes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Outstanding Publication Award
Robert Morris, "Voice-Leading Spaces," Music Theory Spectrum 20/2 (1998), 175–208.

Emerging Scholar Award
Channan Willner, "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
Thomas Mathiesen, Apollo's Lyre. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

1999

Wallace Berry Award
William Caplin, Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

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.

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.

Emerging Scholar Award
Cristle Collins Judd, "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
Christopher Hasty, Meter as Rhythm. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Outstanding Publication Award
Naomi Cumming, "The Subjectivities of 'Erbarme Dich,'" Music Analysis 16/1 (1997), 5–54.

Young Scholar Award
Robert Snarrenberg, Schenker’s Interpretive Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

1997

Wallace Berry Award
Allen Forte, American Popular Ballad. Princeton: University of Princeton Press, 1995.

Wallace Berry Award
Robert Hatten, Musical Meaning in Beethoven. Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press, 1994.

Outstanding Publication Award
Richard Cohn, "Maximally Smooth Cycles, Hexatonic Systems, and the Analysis of Late-Romantic Triadic Progressions," Music Analysis 15/1 (1996): 9–40.

Young Scholar Award
Leslie David Blasius, Schenker’s Argument and the Claims of Music Theory. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1996.

1996

Wallace Berry Award
Scott Burnham, Beethoven Hero. Princeton: University of Princeton Press, 1995.

Outstanding Publication Award
Carl Schachter, “The Triad as Place and Action,” Music Theory Spectrum 17/2 (1995): 149–69.

Young Scholar Award
Joel Galand, “Form, Genre, and Style in the Eighteenth-Century Rondo,” Music Theory Spectrum 17/1 (1995): 27–52.

Young Scholar Award
Brian Hyer, “Reimag(in)ing Riemann,” Journal of Music Theory 39/1 (1995): 101–38.

1995

Wallace Berry Award
Warren Darcy, Wagner’s Das Rheingold. Oxford and New York: University of Oxford Press, 1993.

Outstanding Publication Award
John Roeder, “Interacting Pulse Streams in Schoenberg’s Atonal Polyphony,” Music Theory Spectrum 16/2 (1994): 231–49.

Young Scholar Award
Daniel Harrison, Harmonic Function in Tonal Music, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Citation of Special Merit
Ian Bent, editor. Music Analysis in the Nineteenth Century. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1994

1994

Wallace Berry Award
Thomas Christensen, Rameau and Musical Thought in the Enlightenment. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1993.

Outstanding Publication Award
Richard Cohn, "Transpositional Combination of Beat-Class Sets in Steve Reich’s Phase-Shifting Music" Perspectives of New Music 30/2 (1992): 146–77.

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
Joel Lester, Compositional Theory in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge MA: University of Harvard Press, 1992.

Outstanding Publication Award
John Clough and Jack Douthett, "Maximally Even Sets" Journal of Music Theory 35 (1991): 93–173.

Young Scholar Award
Richard Kurth, “Mosaic Polyphony: Formal Balance, Imbalance, and Phrase Formation in the Prelude of Schoenberg's Suite, Op. 25,” Music Theory Spectrum 14 (1992): 188–208.

Young Scholar Award
Elizabeth West Marvin, “The Perception of Rhythm in Non-Tonal Music," Music Theory Spectrum 13 (1991): 61–78.

1992

Outstanding Publication Award
Wallace Berry, Musical Structure and Performance. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.

Young Scholar Award
Joseph Dubiel,"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).

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.

Young Scholar Award
Kevin Korsyn, “Schenker and Kantian Epistemology," Theoria 3 (1988): 1–58.

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.

Young Scholar Award
William Rothstein, Phrase Rhythm in Tonal Music. New York: Schirmer, 1989.

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
Lee Rothfarb, Ernst Kurth as Theorist and Analyst. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.

Young Scholar Award
Andrew Mead, “Some Implications of the Pitch Class/Order Number Isomorphism Inherent in the Twelve-Tone System,” Perspectives of New Music36/2–27/1 (1988–1989).

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
Robert Morris, Composition with Pitch Classes. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.

Young Scholar Award
Jonathan Bernard, The Music of Edgard Varèse. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.

1987

Outstanding Publication Award
Robert Cogan, New Images of Musical Sound. Cambridge MA: University of Harvard Press, 1984.

Young Scholar Award
David Neumeyer, The Music of Paul Hindemith. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986.

1986

Outstanding Publication Award
Wayne Slawson, Sound Color. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.

Young Scholar Award
Stephen V. Peles, “Interpretation of Sets in Multiple Dimensions,” Perspectives of New Music 22 (1983–1984).