Interest Group Activities—Vancouver 2016

All 23 SMT interest groups are holding meetings in Vancouver, some jointly with sister AMS groups. Several have sponsored official sessions in addition to their own IG meetings. IG meeting times and places are listed in the official program; details are supplied here as they become available. Please visit this site just before the conference for the most complete listing.

Adjunct, Lecturers, and Scholars on the Job Market Group

Thursday, November 3rd at 5:15–7:15pm in the Pavilion Ballroom

The meeting agenda consists of the following items:

  1. Introductions
  2. Summary of last year's meeting
  3. Discussion of the goals/culture/requirements of AFIG
  4. Vote to form AFIG
  5. Nominations for AFIG chair (or co-chairs)
  6. Vote for AFIG chair
  7. Using email lists/webpage through SMT
  8. Discussion of strageties for making adjunct issues more pertinent to SMT

Analysis of World Music Interest Group

Friday, November 4 from 12:15 to 1:45

  • John Roeder, University of British Columbia: Durational Processes and Affect in a Papua New Guinea Song
  • Adem Merter Birson, Queens College, CUNY: The Art of Makam: Analyzing Turkish Classical Music using Characteristic Melodies
  • Panayotis Mavromatis, New York University: Schema Theory in World Music: Recent Developments and Future Prospects

Dance and Movement Interest Group

Thursday, November 3, 5:15pm–7:15 pm

5:15-5:30 pm Business Meeting
5:30-7:15 pm Notating Movement for Analysis with Music (abstracts available here)

  • (5:30 pm) Alexander Morgan (McGill University): Annotating Swing Performances with the VIS-Framework
  • (5:45 pm) JinKyung Lee, Rebecca Simpson-Litke, and Charles Young (University of Georgia): Movement Notation for the Music Theorist: An Investigation of Several Approaches
  • (6:15 pm) Rosa Abrahams (Northwestern University): Mimicry as Movement Analysis?
  • (6:45 pm) Kate Doyle (Case Western Reserve University) and Libby Smigel (Library of Congress, Music Division): 'FIRE FRAGILE FLIGHT': Immediacy, Evanescence, and Flow in Hawkins/Dlugoszewski's Dynamic Notation

Early Music Analysis Interest Group

Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Junior Ballroom C

Special Session: Cipriano de Rore’s Quincentenary: Looking Back at His Madrigals with Modern Eyes

Lightning talks, sing through, and interactive panel discussion, emphasizing analytical and pedagogical approaches to early music with a focus on Rore's madrigals. Speakers include Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, Benjamin Dobbs, Richard Hermann, Timothy McKinney, Jared Hartt, and Heather Holmquest.

Interest Group Meeting

Saturday, 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm, Burrard

All are welcome at the interest group meeting, which is a casual gathering of interested scholars focused on strategic planning for future interest group events and mentorship and collaboration among members.

Meeting Agenda:

  • "Speed dating": Get to know other scholars of early music and learn about their current projects.
  • Conference at Indiana University - Bloomington: Summary and Debrief. Looking ahead to a 2018 conference.
  • Special Session on Rore: debrief. Organizing a special session proposal for the 2017 SMT conference.
  • Round-table discussion about the goals of the interest group.
  • Rore sing-through.

Film and Multimedia Interest Group

Friday 5:00 – 7:00pm

FMIG is hosting a joint meeting with their AMS counterpart. The program will consist of ten 10-minute lightning talks, followed by a 20-minute business meeting.

  • Andrew Schartmann (Yale University): Taming the Atari 2600
  • Reba Wissner (Montclair State University): Marius Constant Already Did It: Musical Parody in the Animated Spoofs of The Twilight Zone
  • Beth Levy (University of California, Davis): Timing is Everything: Musical Humor and the Marx Brothers
  • Brent Yorgason (Brigham Young University): Cataloguing Max Steiner: A Corpus Study of Film Scores
  • Sarah Fuchs Sampson (Syracuse University): Opera between Art and Attraction: Alice Guy’s Operatic phonoscènes (1905-6)
  • Nicholas Stevens (Case Western Reserve University): Time Passes: Multimedia Interludes in Three Contemporary Operas
  • Juan Chattah (University of Miami): David Shire’s Contorted Twelve-Tone Strategies: Compositional and Narrative Entailments
  • Rebecca M. Doran Eaton (Texas State University): Multivariable Minimalism: Differentiating the Characteristics of Music for Mathematicians
  • Catrin Angharad Watts (University of Texas at Austin): Musical Hooks and Teaser Trailers: Strategies of Musical Editing in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Kate Galloway (Wesleyan University): The New Media and Spatiality of Crowdsourced Composition in John Luther Adams’ Soundwalk 9:09

Interest Group on Improvisation

Friday, Nov. 4 from 5:00 to 7:00pm

The improvisation interest group will feature five presentations on the theme of “analyzing improvisation,” very broadly defined, encompassing perspectives from neuroscience, philosophy, score study, and much more. Each presentation will be fifteen minutes in length, followed by a few minutes of discussion. A business meeting closes the session.

  • Valentina Bertolani (University of Calgary): “Improvisatory Exercises as a Key to Analyze Improvisation: the Case of the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza”
  • Andrew Goldman (Columbia University): “Linking Formal Structures to Improvisatory Process with Cognitive Science”
  • Sean Smither (Rutgers University): “Analyzing Tunes: Composition, Improvisation, and Work Ontology in Jazz”
  • Jessica Stearns (University of North Texas): “Analyzing Christian Wolff's Alternatively Notated Scores"
  • Jeff Warren (Quest University): “Improvisation and the Analysis of Breath”

History of Music Theory Interest Group

Friday, Nov. 4 at 5:00pm in Grand Ballroom D

"CHoWMuT Then and Now," a special session with Thomas Christensen.

Jazz Interest Group

Friday from 12:15 to 1:45 in Pavilion Ballroom B.

After briefly addressing business matters, we will hear and discuss the lightning talks listed below. Abstracts are posted at this link.

  • Daniel Blake, City University of New York (CUNY): “Space Is The Place”: Composition In New York City’s Improvised Music Scene
  • Garrett Michaelsen, University of Massachusetts (Lowell): Interactional Listening: Between Atomism and Holism
  • Clay Downham, University of Colorado (Boulder): Collective Improvisational Schemata in Lennie Tristano's Musical Community
  • Michael McClimon (Furman University): Harmonic Interaction in Stitt & Rollins's “The Eternal Triangle"
  • Paul Steinbeck, Washington University in St. Louis: “Music is seen as well as heard”: Visible Interaction and Jazz Analysis

Mathematics of Music Analysis Interest Group

Friday, November 4 from 5:00 to 7:00

This year’s meeting will be topically oriented around group theory. We will have presentations from (in alphabetical order):

  • Julian Hook
  • Robert Peck
  • Jennifer Shafer
  • Dmitri Tymozcko

Music and Disability Interest Group

Saturday, November 5, 12 to 2, in Port McNeil Room.

The Music and Disability Interest Group will meet jointly with the AMS Music and Disability Study Group to discuss current business and then hear four short presentations on current research in music and disability from Feilin Hsiao, Virginia Whealton, Alejandro Tellez Vargas, and Tekla Babyak.

Thursday, November 3, 8 to 11, Grand Ballroom A.

The Music and Disability Interest Group and the AMS Music and Disability Study Group will jointly co-sponsor a special session “Cripping the Music Theory/Music History Curriculum.” The session will feature four presentations, followed by a round table of six respondents, addressing the topic of how to incorporate disability perspectives into the core college music curriculum. Presentations will be given by: William Cheng, Robin Wallace and Jeannette Jones, James Deaville, and Stefan Sunandan Honisch. The respondents are: Michael Bakan, Andrew Dell’Antonio, Blake Howe, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Laurie Stras, and Joseph Straus. 


Music and Philosophy Interest Group

Friday, November 4 from 5:00-7:00 PM in Junior Ballroom A/B

All conference-goers are cordially invited to attend this meeting to participate in a roundtable discussion of Peter Szendy's Phantom Limbs: On Musical Bodies. We will focus on chapters 1, 2, 6, 16, and 17. This amounts to approximately thirty pages of reading. Please feel welcome to read these passages and join the discussion or to attend without preparation and listen in.

Music and Psychoanalysis Interest Group

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 5:30 to 7:30 in Conference 25
Meeting Agenda: Discussion of Michael Klein’s book Music and the Crisis of the Modern Subject and future activities.

Music Cognition Interest Group

Saturday, November 5th, 12:15–1:45, Junior Ballroom C

The SMT Music Cognition Special Interest Group will host a panel discussion on the prospects and problems of cognitive musicology, providing a structured opportunity for serious dialogue on the role of the cognitive sciences in music scholarship. In 10-minute “lighting talks” and moderated discussion, the panel will explore the implications of current cognitive sciences for the study of music; interrogate the limits of scientific tools and paradigms in the understanding of music and musical behaviors; and develop practical strategies for scientific collaboration and “public musicological” engagement. A 40-minute discussion period will follow, carefully stewarded by the moderator. Panelists include SMT and AMS members whose work has been informed by cognitive science and the extension of cognitive approaches to traditionally cultural-historical music studies.


  • David Huron (The Ohio State University)
  • Deirdre Loughridge (Northeastern University)
  • Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis (University of Arkansas)
  • Zachary Wallmark (SMU Meadows School of the Arts)
  • Lawrence Zbikowski (University of Chicago)

Discussion moderator

  • Robert Gjerdingen (Northwestern University)

The panel would like you to submit questions and discussion points in advance of the conference. During the discussion portion of the event, the moderator will work to interleave pre-selected topics with spontaneous contributions from audience members, ensuring a productive conversation. Please complete this form to contribute.

Music Informatics Group

Saturday night, October 31st from 5-7pm in Grand F of the Hyatt Regency

We will have presentations from Josh Albrecht, Claire Arthur, and Rainer Kramer. We will also be discussing current research projects, newly available datasets and resources, as well as the possibilities of curating new open-access corpora as a group.

Music Theory Pedagogy Interest Group

Saturday, Nov. 5, from 12:15–1:45 p.m. in the Pavilion Ballroom D

Following a short business meeting and announcement of the new chair, we will hear five panel presentations and a group discussion on a fundamental topic: what is music theory pedagogy? Five invited panelists—Mary Arlin, Michael Callahan, John Covach, Anna Gawboy, and Sam Richards—will get the discussion going by sharing their thoughts, questions, and experiences.

Performance and Analysis Interest Group

Friday, November 4, 12:14–1:45, Pavilion Ballroom D
The first part of PAIG’s meeting will adopt a new mission statement and by-laws, and will discuss directions for future projects and plans. Pre-read materials for this discussion will be distributed via PAIG’s listserv. Click here to subscribe.

The second part of the meeting will be devoted to short reports on recent conferences, publications, and events. Alan Dodson and David Kopp will report on the recent Performance Studies Network conference at Bath-Spa University. There will be brief descriptions of recent work by members of PAIG. We invite all those working in areas related to analysis and performance to share news of work in progress, recent publications, or other items of interest to the PAIG community.

We also invite you a special session sponsored by PAIG (Thursday, 8–11 p.m.). It comprises presentations by three performer–scholars, with a response by a specialist in the psychology of musical performance:
Special Session: Musical Performers, Musical Works
Thursday, 8–11 PM in Pavilion Ballroom D
  • Patrick Boyle (University of Victoria), “The Jazz Process: Negotiating Error in Practice and Performance”
  • John Lutterman (University of Alaska, Anchorage), “Werktreue vs. Praxistreue: On the Problems of Representing Historical Performing Practices in the Modern Concert Hall”
  • Charles Neidich (The Juilliard School/Queens College, CUNY), “Knowledge and Imagination: On Performing Elliott Carter’s Gra for B-Flat Clarinet”
  • Eric Clarke (University of Oxford), Respondent: “Knowing and Doing”
  • Victoria Tzotzkova (Harvard University), Moderator
This presentations will explore aspects of improvisation and interpretive freedom in baroque, jazz, and contemporary-music contexts. It was developed by Edward Klorman, Daphne Leong, and Victoria Tzotzkova, and we hope it will stimulate some interesting discussions.

Popular Music Interest Group

Saturday November 5, 5:30-7:30

The Popular Music Interest Group (PMIG) will be hosting an Analytic Round Table, discussing Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly. The event will feature presentations by:

  • Jim Bungert (Rocky Mountain College)
  • Noriko Manabe (Temple University)
  • John Mattessich (Florida State University)
  • Mitch Ohriner (University of Denver)
  • Robin Attas (Elon University)

Post-1945 Music Analysis Interest Group

Friday November 4, 12:15-1:45, in Pavilion Ballroom C

The theme of this year's meeting is Music of the Pacific (The American West Coast, Asia, and Oceania). We have accepted three short papers on the music of Isang Yun, James Tenney and Hildegard Westerkamp. We will begin with a discussion of Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano and issues of listening approaches.

  • Discussion of "Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Performance, Hearing and Analysis" Jeffrey Perry, Music Theory Spectrum, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Spring 2005), pp. 35-66. The author will be present for a discussion about the article and the piece. Attendees are encouraged to read the article and listen to Cage's work in advance.
  • Jung-Min Lee: “Pitch expansion as a developing mechanism in Isang Yun’s Distanzen (1988)”
  • Rebecca Fiore: “Orchestrating Speech in the Works of James Tenney”
  • Kate Galloway: “Hearing Vancouver, Analyzing Place: The Material and Social Life of Urban Environment Soundscape Compositions”
  • Business Meeting

Queer Resource Group

Friday, 4 November, 2016, 12:00pm-1:45pm

Together with the AMS LGBTQ Study Group, SEM Gender and Sexualities Task Force, UBC (School of Music, and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice), and Women & Music journal, QRG is sponsoring "Race-ing Queer Music Scholarship," a symposium held in conjunction with the AMS/SMT Nov 2016 meeting in Vancouver. The symposium will tackle the intersectionality of critical race and queer music scholarship, particularly the marginalization of race in queer music discourse. Our business meeting will feature one of the panels. For the full program, click

Identification and Identity

  • Kyle Kaplin, Peter de Rome's Soundtracks and the Politics of Interracial Desire.
  • Mitchell Morris, The Blacks, The Jews, and the Gays: Bette Midler's Third-Order Vaudeville.
  • Stephan Pennington, Willmer Broadnax, Mid-Century Gospel, and Black Trans/masculinities.

Russian Music Theory Interest Group

Saturday 5 November, Pavilion Ballroom A, 12:15-1:45

Welcome and announcements

  • Inessa Bazayev (Louisiana State University), founding chair

Prokofiev at 125

  • Simon Morrison (Princeton University), "Prokofiev's Method"
  • Rebecca Perry (Yale University), "Functional Displacement in Prokofiev's Sonata-Cycle Finales"

Russian Music and Music Theory

Scholars for Social Responsibility Interest Group

Friday, November 4, 7:30-9:00am, in Vancouver room

Most of our meeting will be taken up with a roundtable discussion of nine 5-minute lightning talks on issues related to diversity in the music classroom. There will also be time for open discussion on directions that the group might take in future.

Lightning talks:

  • Sam Richards, Boise State University, "Reaching Thresholds of Diversity in the Undergraduate Classroom"
  • Robin Attas, Elon University, "A First Step Toward Analytical Diversity in the Classroom"
  • Miriam Piilonen, Northwestern University, "The Collabroative Playlist in the Aural Skills Classroom"
  • Mandy Smith, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/Case Western Reserve University, "Rockin' the Schools: Adapting Pedagogical Techniques to Cater to a Diverse Student Body
  • Abigail Shupe, Colorado State University, "Teaching 'Women in Music' as a Woman in Music Theory"
  • Eric Hung, Rider University, "Using the Music History Seminar to Connect to National Debates"
  • Mark Pedelty, University of Minnesota, "Biodiversity in the Musical Classroom"
  • Gavin Lee, Soochow University School of Music, China, "Rethinking Chinese Difference"
  • Daniel Barolsky, Beloit College, "Destabilizing the Core"

Abstracts for these talks can be found here.

Work and Family Interest Group

Friday, 4 November 2016, 5:15-7 p.m., Pavilion Ballroom B

The Challenges of Taking Leave Schedule

Meeting Handout

5:15 p.m. Sharing of Personal Experiences


  • Leann Wheless Martin (PhD candidate, University of Washington)
  • Benjamin Downs (PhD candidate, SUNY Stony Brook)
  • Garrett Michaelsen (Asst. Prof., University of Massachusetts at Lowell)
  • Louis Epstein (Asst. Prof., St. Olaf College)
  • Rebecca Simpson-Litke (Asst. Prof., University of Georgia)

6:00 p.m. Free Discussion

6:45 p.m. Wrap Up