The 2016 Annual Meeting

Meeting 2016 - Vancouver, BC

The 2016 Joint Meeting with AMS will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia November 3-6 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. More information and links to preliminary program, registration and volunteer sign-up can be found here.

SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship

In March of 2016, the Society for Music Theory’s Executive Board voted to establish the SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship, to be given annually with an inaugural award of $3500 in 2017. The first dissertation fellowship in the nearly 40-year history of the SMT, the award is made possible by support from SMT-40. Guidelines and an application form are here. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2016.

In Memoriam Richmond Browne (8 August 1934–1 August 2016)

Richmond Browne was long an important figure in the music theory community, one of the small group of theorists who recognized the desirability of a separate intellectual home for music theorists in the late 1970s and brought the Society into existence. He spoke of that time in his 25th-anniversary banquet speech published in Music Theory Online, vol. 9/1 (2003). Richmond maintained an abiding fascination with the means by which the structure of the diatonic set makes the complexities of tonal music possible (summarized in “The Dialectic of Good Continuation in Tonal Music,” Music Analysis, vol. 4/1-2 [1985]). With characteristic insight, Richmond was a valued teacher and dissertation director of many students, known for his generosity, encouragement, and support, from the inception of the Ph.D. program at The University of Michigan until his retirement in 1997.

In Memoriam C. Allen Winold

C. Allen Winold, beloved pedagogue, accomplished musician, scholar with broad interests, and respected administrator, died in Tampa on August 15, at age 87. With degrees in violin, Allen remained an active performer, often performing in chamber groups with his wife, cellist Helga Winold. Allen completed his PhD in music theory at Indiana University in 1963 and served on the theory faculty and in administrative roles at Indiana until his 1993 retirement.

Allen’s lectures on J.S. Bach, violin in hand and in a powdered wig were legendary. His interests in music cognition and pedagogy were reflected in papers and keynote addresses, and in the half-dozen textbooks he authored or co-authored, including Harmony: Patterns and Principles. He co-authored A Study of the Penderecki St. Luke Passion and The Choral Experience: Literature, Materials, and Methods. After retiring, he wrote Bach's Cello Suites: Analyses and Explorations. Colleagues recall him as unfailingly generous, supportive, and optimistic.

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Please consider adding your support to the SMT-40 campaign. The Society for Music Theory is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

SMT Mission Statement

The Society for Music Theory promotes the development of and engagement with music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline. We construe this discipline broadly as embracing all approaches, from conceptual to practical, and all perspectives, including those of the scholar, listener, composer, performer, teacher, and student. The Society is committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity, and gender equity in the field.


The deadline for applications for the new SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship is October 15, 2016. Guidelines and an application form are here.


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