Friday, February 23, 2024
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Submission Deadline
Monday, November 27, 2023
Arlington, TX

The Texas Society for Music Theory will hold its 46th annual meeting on February 23-24, 2024, on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, with Amy Hatch serving as local arrangements coordinator. Megan Lavengood, Associate Professor and Area Director of Music Theory at George Mason University, will deliver the keynote address. Stacey Davis, Tim Chenette, and Stan Kleppinger will lead a plenary pedagogy session on Aural Skills instruction. The conference will be held in a hybrid in-person/online format. Presenters are asked to travel to Arlington. Those not presenting may participate in person or virtually. The Society invites the submission of proposals on any aspect of music theory or music theory-related interdisciplinary research topics. Proposals may be formatted as 20-minute scholarly papers, posters, panel discussions, or special sessions. The Society particularly invites submissions from undergraduate students for a special, undergraduate-only session of 10-minute lightning-talks. This session aims to encourage and promote new scholars in the field. Additionally, one Friday-morning session at the conference will be streamed for free to high school and college music theory classes; for this session, the society encourages proposals appropriate for that audience. To submit a proposal, please prepare three separate PDF files: 1. Anonymous proposal of no more than 500 words and supplementary materials of no more than 2 pages (may include diagrams, examples, works cited, bibliography, etc.). Please include the proposal title. Title words do not count against the word limit. 2. Abstract of 100-150 words. 3. Author bio(s), no more than 50 words per author. The submitting author is responsible for making sure that the proposal and abstract contain no identifying information in the documents or metadata. Proposals are being accepted at: Only complete submissions uploaded to the above address by November 27, 2023 will be considered. Questions about submitting a proposal may be addressed to David Forrest at This year, TSMT is offering two student awards: (1) an award for the best undergraduate presentation and (2) the Colvin Award for best overall student presentation. The recipient of the undergraduate presentation award will receive $100. The recipient of the 2024 Colvin Award will receive $250.00 and an invitation to serve on the 2025 Program Committee. We encourage scholars to consider carefully when responding to regional paper calls, and to submit only to the conferences that one seriously intends to attend if accepted. Further, we strongly recommend that scholars submit the same paper to no more than two regional conferences per year, so as to broaden presentation opportunities for all.