The Society for Music Theory
43rd Annual Meeting

held jointly with

The American Musicological Society
86th Annual Meeting


Virtual Conference
November 7–8 and 14–15


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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.

Applications are now being accepted for "Travel" Grants, meant to offset registration fees. 

This conference is held jointly with the AMS. Click here to go to the AMS 2020 site.

   Conference Information





Early Bird Rates (Register before Oct 1)

  • SMT Members
    • Student, retired, low income: $25
    • Regular: $55
  • Non-members
    • Student, retired, low income: $75
    • Regular: $165

Regular rates

  • SMT Members
    • Student, retired, low income: $55
    • Regular: $85
  • Non-members
    • Student, retired, low income: $100
    • Regular: $200
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   Livestreamed Sessions
   "Travel" Grants

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 For Presenters

Upload your materials by October 15.

View Presenter Guidance

FAQs about the Virtual Meeting

When will the annual meeting take place?

The American Musicological Conference (AMS) and the Society for Music Theory (SMT) will meet November 7-8 and 14-15, 2020, beginning at 10:00am each day. Sessions, meetings, and events will start on the hour.

Will I be required to be a member of both societies to register for all AMS and SMT events?

If you wish to register for both events, please use the registration form for the society for which you are a member. Non-member fees are available for those who are not a member of either society. You will have the option of purchasing an Add-on to register for the other society's event at a discount price, available through November 3, 2020.

When will the schedule for the conference be made available?

The preliminary schedule will be available September 1.

When can I register and what will it cost?

Registration is now open. Early registration will be available through September 30, 2020. Regular registration rates will go into effect October 2. Attendees have the option to register for SMT, AMS or for both. Those wishing to register for both SMT and AMS will enjoy a sharply discounted joint registration rate, available through November 3, 2020. See registration rate table below.

Rate Category Early Bird (by Oct 1) Regular
SMT Members Student, retired, and/or low income $25 $55
Regular $55 $85
Non-Members Student, retired, and/or low income $75 $100
Regular $165 $200
Will I have access to all conference events if I do not register at the joint rate?

No. Registering just for SMT or AMS will only give you access to that society’s platform and events, as well as to any joint sessions, meetings, and exhibits. For unlimited access, you must register with both organizations.

Will there be an exhibit hall?

Yes, we will have a virtual exhibit hall available to all registrants, including SMT-only registrants. Exhibitors will have a dedicated space on the AMS platform and the opportunity to collect leads and set up one-on-one meetings with interested attendees.

Will there be a program book?

Absolutely. There will be a publicly downloadable PDF program, as well as searchable digital program available to all registrants. The preliminary program will be available on or before September 1, 2020.

How do I reserve an exhibit booth or program book ad?

Information about exhibitor and advertiser packages and prices will be released shortly on the AMS and SMT websites.

Will presentations be pre-recorded or live? Asynchronous or synchronous?

It depends. Most presentations will be pre-recorded and available in advance of a scheduled, live Q&A. Certain special sessions, like workshops, lectures, plenaries, award presentations, and business meetings, will be conducted or screened live.

Will there still be a poster session?

Yes. The virtual meeting will feature the full range of traditional session types, including poster sessions.

Is there a deadline for presenters to upload materials?

Yes. Presenters must register by October 8 and upload materials by October 15. Information and instructions on creating, formatting, and uploading presentations will be made available well in advance of the conference.

Will presentations be available after the conference?

Yes, all presentations will be archived and available to registrants for up to one year after the conclusion of the conference.

Will there be opportunities to network and socialize?

Yes. There will be many opportunities to network, socialize, and connect with colleagues and friends. There will also be tools to help you introduce yourself to new colleagues and arrange one-on-one meetup. More information about these opportunities will be forthcoming.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020