The Society for Music Theory
43rd Annual Meeting
held jointly with
The American Musicological Society
86th Annual Meeting
November 7–8 and 14–15
Thank you to everyone who participated in AMS/SMT 2020.
Accessing SMT 2020 content
You will be able to access the SMT content platform and view conference materials through January 15.
Publication award winners
- WALLACE BERRY AWARD: Joseph Straus, Broken Beauty, Oxford University Press, 2018.
- OUTSTANDING PUBLICATION AWARD: Mark Spicer, “Fragile, Emergent, and Absent Tonics in Pop and Rock Songs,” Music Theory Online 23.2 (2017).
- EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD (BOOK): Jonathan de Souza, Music at Hand: Instruments, Bodies, and Cognition, Oxford University Press, 2017.
- EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD (ARTICLE): Megan Kaes Long, “Cadential Syntax and Tonal Expectation in Late Sixteenth-Century Homophony,” Music Theory Spectrum 40.1 (2018): 52 – 83.
- OUTSTANDING MULTI-AUTHOR PUBLICATION AWARD: Alexander Rehding and Steven Rings, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Critical Concepts in Music Theory, Oxford University Press, 2019.
- CITATION OF SPECIAL MERIT: Gregory J. Decker & Matthew R. Shaftel, eds., Singing in Signs: New Semiotic Explorations of Opera, Oxford University Press, 2020.
We look forward to seeing you next year in Jacksonville!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Musicological Society (AMS) and Society for Music Theory (SMT) have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s in-person meeting. Instead, AMS and SMT will hold its joint meeting virtually over two weekends, November 7-8 and 14-15, 2020. AMS and SMT will each have separate conference platforms, allowing attendees to register for just AMS events, just SMT events, or both. However, the conference programs and schedules will be aligned, and all attendees will have access to a joint Exhibit Hall. View the FAQ below for more information.
This conference is held jointly with the AMS. Click here to go to the AMS 2020 site.
- SMT 2020 Gear!
- To commemorate "these strange times," get SMT mugs, facemasks, and buttons here!
- Conference Information
Meeting Schedule and Abstracts
- Business meeting
Documents for the business meeting can be viewed here:
- Information for Presenters, Chairs, and Monitors
To help the conference run smoothly in the new virtual format, we have created resources for session chairs, presenters, volunteers, and Interest Groups so you know what to expect. Click the links below to view helpful information:
- Guidelines and Policies
All attendees should view and abide by these guidelines and policies for respectful interactions.
- Conference Guide Program
The deadline has passed to sign up to participate in the Conference Guides program.
The Professional Development Committee's Conference Guides Program offers a simple and informal means for longer-term SMT members to welcome and connect with newer members.
- CV and Cover Letter Review Session
The deadline has passed to sign up to participate in the CV Review Session.
Our team of faculty reviewers will provide tailored feedback on CVs and other job documents. We warmly invite SMT members at all career stages—students, recent graduates, faculty members, independent scholars—to participate in the session.
- Graduate School Fair
The deadline has passed to sign up to participate in the Grad School Fair.
The Graduate School Fair is a once-a-year opportunity to share information about your music theory program with colleagues, prospective students, and current students. This year, the fair will be held virtually on Sunday, November 8, from 3:30-5:30 PM CST. Each school will be assigned to one hour during the fair (3:30-4:30 or 4:30-5:30). Programs are welcome to upload promotional materials about their graduate degrees in advance of the virtual conference (upload link will be available at a later date). Universities are asked to provide their own Zoom meeting link which will be listed in the program book.
- Information for Exhibitors
Vendors interested in hosting an exhibit at AMS/SMT 2020 can find information on the AMS conference website.